Brad Lidge blows his second save opportunity in the ninth, with two men out, but the Phils’ offense rallies by scoring three runs in the top of the tenth inning to defeat the Reds, 9-6.
The Reds took the lead in the first as, with a runner on third, and with nobody out, Orlando Cabrera hits into an RBI ground out, 4-3, scoring Brandon Phillips, who had earlier tripled, to gives the Reds a 1-0 lead. The Phils took the lead in the third as, with two men on base, and with one man out, Brian Schneider hits a three-run home run, his second home run of the year, knocking in Ryan Howard and Jayson Werth, who have both walked, and then moved up a base, Howard’s on Raul Ibanez’s fly out to center and Werth on shortstop’s Cabrera missed error of center fielder’s Chris Heisey’s throw, giving the Phils a 3-1 lead. The Phils increased their lead in the fourth as, once again, with two men on, and with one man out, Wilson Valdez hits a three-run home run of his own, his third home run of the season, scoring Werth, who had earlier singled, and then moved up to second on Schneider’s single, and Schneider, who had just singled, making it a 6-1 Phils’ lead. The Reds would cut the Phils’ lead in the sixth as, with two men on base, and with two outs, Ramon Hernandez hits a two-run double, scoring Miguel Cairo, who had earlier singled, and then went to second on Heisey’s walk, and Heisey, who had just walked, making it a 6-3 Phils’ lead. The Reds tied it up at six-all in the bottom of the ninth as, with two men on, and with two men out, Joey Votto hits a three-run home run, his seventeenth home run of the year, knocking in Phillips, who had earlier walked, moved up to second on defensive indifference, then stopped at third on Cabrera’s single, and Cabrera, who had just singled. The Phils would regain the lead in the tenth as, with two men on, and with nobody out, Raul Ibanez hits an RBI double, knocking in Howard, who had earlier doubled, giving the Phils a 7-6 lead, while sending Werth, who had just walked, over to third base. The Phils made it 8-6 as pinch hitter Ben Francisco had an RBI single, knocking in Werth, while sending Ibanez over to third base. One batter later, with runners once again on the corners, and with still nobody out, Valdez reaches first base on a sacrifice bunt, scoring Ibanez, making it a 9-6 Phils’ lead, while sending Francisco up to second base. That would be the final score as J.C. Romero collects his third save of the year by pitching a 1-2-3 inning, ending the game by striking out Laynce Nix swinging.
Joe Blanton gets a no-decision as he pitches seven and two-thirds innings, giving up three runs on eight hits and two walks, while striking out two. Jose Contreras receives his sixth hold of the year by getting out the only man that he would face. Brad Lidge blew his second save opportunity of the season before getting the win, as he pitches an inning, giving up three runs on two hits and a walk, while striking out a batter. His record is now 1-0 with a 5.25 ERA. J.C. Romero records his third save of the season as he pitches a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Mike Leake also receives a no-decision as he pitches six innings, giving up six runs on seven hits and two walks, while he strikes out four. Daniel Ray Herrera, Bill Bray, and Jordan Smith combine for three scoreless innings, giving up just one hit (Smith) and three walks (Herrera (2), Smith (1)), while striking out four (Herrera (2), Smith (2)). Arthur Rhodes took the lost as he pitches to four batters, getting none of them out, as he gave up three runs on three hits and a walk. His record is now 2-2 with an ERA of 1.13. Nick Masset pitches a scoreless inning, getting out all three men whom he would face.
The Phils had eleven hits in the game, with Brian Schneider leading the team with three hits, two singles and a three-run home run, knocking in three runs. Wilson Valdez follows with two hits, a single and a three-run home run, as he knocks in four runs. Shane Victorino, Jimmy Rollins, Ryan Howard, Jayson Werth, Raul Ibanez and pinch hitter Ben Francisco had the other six Phil’s hits, with Victorino, Rollins, Werth and Francisco’s hits being singles, with Francisco knocking in a run, while Howard and Ibanez’s hits were doubles, with Ibanez knocking in a run. Just when you thought you had this team thought out, they surprise you. You think they would feel crushed by the double lost of both Chase Utley and Placido Polanco to the disabled list, Schneider and Valdez hits three-runs home runs, and just when you thought they would be deflated by Lidge blowing the save, they hit the Reds with a three spot in the tenth. I guess this team is the literal descendents of the 1980 team that wouldn’t die. Keep it up guys, let make the Mets and Braves sweat about when all of the pieces decide to stay at the same time.
The Phils (41-34, 3rd NL East) will conclude their three-games series with the Reds (43-35, 1st NL Central) with an afternoon game, already in progress.