The Phils finally win a crazy game on a Brian Schneider walk-off home run in the bottom of the twelfth inning, 4-3.
The Reds took the lead in the top of the first as, with two men out, Joey Votto hits a solo home run, his twenty-second home run of the season, to give the Reds a 1-0 lead. The Phils came back to tie the game up at one-all in their half of the first as, with one man out, Shane Victorino hits a solo home run of his own, his fourteenth home run of the year. The Phils then took the lead in the third on a very strange scoring play. With one man on, and with two men out, Victorino hits a grounder down the first base line that was first juggled by Votto, before he finally threw the ball over to Reds’ starter, Johnny Cueto, who lost the ball as Victorino was safe on first on the catch error, as well as his glove as Victorino knocked it off of his hand, as Jimmy Rollins, who had earlier walked, went all the way to third base. Then, as Victorino ran wide of first, Votto, after retrieving the ball, tried to throw it to a gloveless Cueto to try and get out Victorino, but Cueto was unable catch the ball, allowing Victorino to get back to first safely, while Rollins scored from third to give the Phils a 2-1 lead. That would stay the score as the game turned into a pitchers’ duel between Cueto and Phils’ starter Kyle Kendrick, who kept on getting out of jams, until both starters were gone by the eighth. In the eighth, the Reds would tie it up at two-all on another weird play. With two men on, and with two men out, a returning Ryan Madson struck out Brandon Phillips, but the pitch got past Brian Schneider, allowing Drew Stubbs, who had earlier singled, and had moved up to second on Corky Miller’s single, to move up to third, while Miller, who had earlier singled, would move up to second, while Stubbs would go to first, once he had realized that the ball has gotten past Schneider. Schneider, meanwhile, had lost sight of the ball, and Madson would go out to help him look for it, thus leaving the plate unprotected, allowing Stubbs to score with the tying run. The Phils would retake the lead in their half of the eight as, with two men on, and with one man out, Rollins hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Wilson Valdez, who had earlier tripled, to give the Phils a 3-2 lead. The Reds tied the game up at three-all in the ninth as, with a runner on third, and with two men out, Miguel Cairo hits an RBI double, knocking in Votto, who had earlier singled, would move up to second on Scott Rolen’s walk, then went to third on Jay Bruce’s 4-6-3 doubleplay, wiping out Rolen at second base. The Phils would finally win the game in the twelfth as, with one out, Schneider hits a lazer into the right field seats for a walk-off solo home run, his third home run of the year, to give the Phils a 4-3 win.
Kyle Kendrick receives a no-decision as he pitches six and two-thirds strong innings, giving up just one run on three hits, as he strikes out four. J.C. Romero receives his third hold of the year as he pitches a third of an inning, striking out the only man he would face. Ryan Madson commits his third blown save of the season, as he gives up a run on two hits and a wild pitch, as he strikes out three. Brad Lidge also commits his third blown save of the year as he gives up a run on two hits and a walk. Jose Contreras pitches a 1-2-3 inning. Nelson Figueroa receives the win as he pitches two 1-2-3 innings, striking out two. His record is now 2-1 with a 3.46 ERA. Johnny Cueto also receives a no-decision as he gives up two runs, only one of which was earned, on four hits and two walks, while he strikes out three. Nick Masset, Arthur Rhodes, Bill Bray and Logan Ondrusek would combine for three shut out innings, giving up just two hits (Masset (1), Ondrusek (1)) and three walks (Rhodes (1), Ondrusek (2)) between them, while striking out three (Masset (1), Bray (2)). Jordan Smith took the lost as he pitches an inning and a third, giving up a run on two hits and a walk. His record is now 2-2 with a 4.15 ERA.
The Phils had eight hits in the game, with Victorino leading the team with three hits, two singles and a solo home run, knocking in a run. Wilson Valdez follows with two hits, a single and a triple, scoring a run. Raul Ibanez, Jayson Werth, and Brian Schneider had the other three Phils’ hits, with Ibanez and Werth’s hits being singles, and Schnedier’s hit being a walk-off solo home run. The other Phil run came in on an error. Hopefully the offense can gain some momentum from this win.
The Phils (44-40, 3rd NL East) will continue their weekend series with the Red (49-38, 1st NL Central) with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and will start at 7:05 pm Eastern. The Phils will send to the mound Joe Blanton (3-5, 6.27) , who is coming off a no-decision against the Pirates on July 4, as he pitched six and one-third innings, giving up five runs on six hits, while he struck out seven, in the Phils’ 8-5 lost. In his last three starts, he is 1-0, with two no-decisions, as he pitched twenty-two innings, giving up eleven runs on twenty hits and two walks, while he had struck out seventeen. He will be trying to recover from the bad inning of his last start. The Reds will send to the mound rookie Mike Leake (6-1, 3.38), who is coming off a win against the Cubs on July 4, as he pitched six innings, giving up three runs on eight hits and a walk, while striking out five, in the Reds’ 14-3 rout. In his last three starts, his record is also 1-0, with two no-decisions, as he pitched eighteen innings, giving up ten runs on twenty hits and seven walks, while he struck out eleven. He will be going for his seventh win of the season, while trying to keep from being once again roughed up by the Phils. The Phils will try to beat up once again on Leake, planning to this time place a lost on him.