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Hang ‘Em and Bang ‘Em: Kendrick Surrender’s Huge Homer to Bruce in 6th

Reds 2, Phillies 1
WP – Mat Latos (12-4, 3.69)
LP – Kyle Kendrick (8-10, 3.96)
SV – Aroldis Chapman (35)

CINCINNATI — All Kyle Kendrick had to do was keep his pitches down against Jay Bruce.

But one pitch stayed up and Bruce sent it over the right field wall, giving Cincinnati a 2-1 lead in the 6th and the eventual win over the Phillies. The homer broke up a 1-0 lead that was being preserved by Kendrick in an otherwise great start.

The only run Philadelphia managed to score came in the 4th inning. Domonic Brown drew a bases-loaded walk that enabled Chase Utley to score.

The Phillies were then robbed of a second run when Nate Schierholtz hit a liner into center field. Drew Stubbs clearly trapped the ball but it was ruled a catch. He then threw it to second for the third out.

Two different umpires made different calls and it cost the Phillies an important run.

Jimmy Rollins earned his 200oth hit in the 5th inning with a double down the right field line.

2B: Utley (11), Rollins (32).



Cozart’s 9th Inning Homer Leads Reds Past Phillies

Reds 5, Phillies 4
WP – Jonathan Broxton (3-3, 3.02)
LP – Jonathan Papelbon (3-5, 2.86)
SV – Aroldis Chapman (30)

PHILADELPHIA — It was Cincinnati that prevailed in the see-saw game.

A Zack Cozart solo home run to lead off the top of the 9th spoiled not one, but two comeback attempts by the Phillies. The bomb gave Cincinnati a 5-4 win over the Phillies Tuesday night on Hunter Pence bobblehead night.

It also erased a good outing by Cliff Lee, who couldn’t do all the work by himself and it eventually caught up to him in the 7th. While holding a 1-0 lead and already near the century mark in pitches heading into the 7th, Lee couldn’t finish the inning, giving up three runs in the inning.

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Mayberry, Howard Lead Phillies In Offensive Outburst

Phillies 12, Reds 5
WP – Roy Halladay (7-7, 3.95)
LP – Mike Leake (5-8, 4.59)

PHILADELPHIA — On a day where Roy Halladay didn’t have his best stuff, the offense provided him with enough so he didn’t have to be.

Big days by John Mayberry and Ryan Howard fueled a 12-5 romp of the Reds in Philadelphia, a strong open to a four-game set with the best team in the National League.

The 5th inning provided to be brutal for both starting pitchers. With the Phillies up 3-2, Halladay was tapped for a big three spot in the 5th inning.

Chris Heisey smacked an RBI double to tie the game up 3-3. After Jay Bruce’s RBI single made it 4-3, Bruce got himself caught in a run down to enable Brandon Phillips to score from third and give Cincinnati a 5-3 lead.

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Series Preview: at Cincinnati Reds

PHI: 83-46, 1st in NL East; CIN: 67-66, 3rd in NL Central

When: August 29-September 1
Where: Great American Ballpark (Cincy, OH)

Probable Pitchers
Monday: Cole Hamels (13-7, 2.62) vs Homer Bailey (7-5, 4.44)
Tuesday: Roy Halladay (15-5, 2.56) vs Bronson Arroyo (8-10, 5.02)
Wednesday: Cliff Lee (14-7, 2.71) vs Dontrelle Willis (0-3, 4.10)
Thursday: Vance Worley (9-1, 2.65) vs Mike Leake (11-8, 4.04)

Broadcast Info
Monday, 7:10, CSN
Tuesday, 7:10, PHL 17
Wednesday, 7:10, CSN
Thursday, 12:35, CSN
All Games on 1210 AM

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He Val-does it all!

2B Wilson Valdez pitches to Jay Bruce in the 19th inning of the Phils 5-4 win over Cincy. (Photo by John Russo)

The game went 19 innings. Wilson Valdez and Danys Baez look like heroes.

Write a script better than this one. I dare you.

In a game that seemed as though it would never end, Raul Ibanez sent Phillies fans home happy.

With the bases loaded with one out in the 19th inning, Ibanez connected on a game-winning sacrifice fly off Reds reliever Carlos Fisher to give the Phillies a 5-4 win.

This was the longest Phillies game in nearly 20 years. Now let’s figure out how we arrived at this climatic conclusion.

Jimmy Rollins led off the game with a single and Ben Francisco hammered a line-drive home run to left field to give the Phillies an early 2-0 lead.

The Phillies struck again in the second inning when John Mayberry Jr. singled to center field to bring home Carlos Ruiz to extend the lead to 3-0. Mayberry was two-for-four in the game and possibly the Phillies’ best hitter. Read more of this post

Bruce’d ego: Madson blows up in 9th

Ryan Madson has the mind of a closer. Too bad he lost the mentality of a middle reliever in the process.

Madson loaded the bases and handed the game over to Cincinnati in the 9th inning as the Reds won, 6-3.

Raul Ibanez has continued his incredible hot run since snapping is 0-for-35 slump. His three hits have improved him to .380 (27-for-71) with seven doubles, four homers and 11 RBIs since the slump busted.

Ibanez’s 2nd-inning double to follow up Ryan Howard’s lead off double tied the score at one. After Carlos Ruiz moved him over to third, Domonic Brown drove him in with a sacrifice fly to make it 2-1. It was the first RBI of the season for Brown.

Chase Utley joined Brown for a season first. He singled in the 3rd but failed to get an RBI out of it when Jimmy Rollins was gunned down at the plate. Read more of this post

The Offense Lives

This was the type of game that the Phillies’ offense has been looking for.

Behind 14 hits, the Phillies routed the Cincinnati Reds 10-3, snapping a nine-game run of scoring three runs or less. When scoring at least four runs, the Phils are 18-2.

It was a monumental night in Philadelphia. The announced crowd of 45,841 was the largest crowd in the history of CBP in the regular season.

The game also marked the return of Chase Utley which had the ballpark absolutely buzzing. Surprisingly Utley was the only starter not to register a hit as he went 0-for-5.

Utley did hit the ball hard to deep center field twice. He just needs a little time to find his swing. Read more of this post

Jay’s Day

After the spectacular catch he made in the top of the second inning in which he followed-up with a base hit in the bottom half, it seemed like it was going to be Jay Bruce’s day. Bruce went 2-for-4, including the two-run blast that ultimately won the game for the Reds by a score of 4-3. Halladay pitched a complete game loss.

Bruce’s two runs followed up Joey Votto’s solo shot in the sixth and Orlando Cabrera’s RBI single in the seventh off of Doc. Votto’s homer was his 18th as he’s trying to make a case for himself to fans and opposing manager Charlie Manuel that he should be an all star.

Halladay once again didn’t get any run support from his offense. He pitched all eight innings, allowing four runs on 13 hits, two of which were home runs, no walks and 10 strike outs. Doc fell to 9-7, mostly due to a lack of run support.

Dane Sardinha hit a three-run bomb in the fourth that gave the Phillies a 3-0 lead on Aaron Harang. Shane Victorino had a two-hit day for the Phillies. Johnny Gomes and Brandon Phillips had two-hit days as well for the Reds.

HR: Sardinha (2).

WP: Rhodes (3-2). LP: Halladay (9-7). S: F. Cordero (21).