The Phils are unable to take advantage of the first quality start thrown by Jamie Moyer in about a month as they fall to the Reds, 5-1, as Moyer is once again denied his 250th career victory. The Phils remain in first place as the Mets are swept by the Dodgers in Los Angeles.
The Reds took a quick 1-0 lead in the first, as, with a runner on second, and one man out, Brandon Phillips hits an RBI single, knocking in Willy Taveras, who had earlier walked and moved over to second on Jerry Hairston’s ground out, 3-1. The Reds made it a 2-0 lead in the second, as, with one man out, Ryan Hanigan hits a solo home run, his first home run of the season. It became 3-0 Reds in the third, as, with a runner on third, and one man out, Jay Bruce hits an RBI single to right, knocking in Hairston, who had earlier doubled, and had gone to third on Phillips’ sacrifice bunt, 1-3. The Phils would get a run back in the fourth, as Raul Ibanez hits a lead-off home run, his fourteenth home run of the season, to make it a 3-1 Reds’ lead. The game would then settle down until the bottom of the seventh, when, with two men on base, and two men outs, Philllips hits a two-run triple, knocking in Chris Dickerson, who had earlier singled, and then moved to second base with a stolen base, and Taveras, who had earlier walked, to make it a 5-1 Reds’ lead. That would end up being the final score as the Phils went down 1-2-3 in the ninth.
Jamie Moyer took the lost, as he pitched his first good game in about a month, as he went six innings, giving up only three runs on nine hits and a walk, while striking out two. His record is now 3-4 with a 7.62 ERA. Chad Durbin pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up two runs on two hits and a walk, while striking out a batter. Sergio Escalona pitched a third of an inning, striking out the only man he would face. Jack Taschner pitched a scoreless inning of relief, giving up just one hit. Aaron Harang got the win as he pitched seven strong innings, giving up just one run on four hits and two walks, while striking out nine. His record is now 4-4 with a 3.19 ERA. Arthur Rhodes and Franciso Cordero both pitched a scoreless inning, striking out one batter between them (Cordero).
The Phillies had only four hits in the game, all extra-base hits, three doubles and a home run. Ryan Howard, Shane Victorino and Chris Coste each hit a double, while Raul Ibanez hit the home run, knocking in the Phils’ only run. The batters were keep slient for the most part, so that they could not take advantage of Jamie Moyer’s good start.
The Phillies (21-17, 1st) are presently playing the last game of their three-games visit with the Reds (21-18, 4th National League Central). The game is being played at Great American Ball Park. The Phillies’ starter is Joe Blanton (1-3, 6.86), who is coming off a no-decision against the Nationals on May 15, where he pitched five innings, giving up four runs on five hits and six walks, while striking out five, in the Phils’ 10-6 extra-innings win. He is hoping to receive his second win of the year. The Reds countered with Micah Owings (3-4, 3.95), who is coming off a lost to the Padres on May 16, where he pitched five and two-thirds innings of relief, giving up one run on three hits and three walks, while striking out five, in the Reds’ 6-5 extra-innings lost. He was looking to even his record. The Phils, who presently have a commanding lead in the ballgame, are looking to win their sixth game on this road trip, and to increase their lead in the East over the idle Mets.