The Phils win another series, as Cliff Lee and Ryan Madson combine for a six-hit shutout, as the Phils defeat the Reds, 3-0.
The Phils took the lead in the first as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Ryan Howard hits into an RBI force out, 3-4, wiping out at second base for the inning’s second out Chase Utley, who had earlier been safe at first on an earlier force out, 4-6, forcing out at second base Placido Polanco, who had earlier walked, for the inning’s first out, while scoring Shane Victorino, who had started off the game with a walk, went to second base on Polanco’s walk, then stopped at third on Utley’s force out, as Howard beats the throw back to first, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Phils then added to their lead in the sixth as Hunter Pence hits a lead-off home run, his eighteenth home run of the year, and his seventh as a Phil, giving the Phils a 2-0 lead. The Phils then made it a 3-0 lead in the seventh as, with runners on the corners, and with nobody out, Utley hits an RBI force out, forcing out Polanco at second base, who had earlier singled, as the inning’s first out, while scoring Victorino, who had earlier walked, then went to third on Polanco’s single. The Reds tried to break up the shutout in the bottom of the ninth, as they loaded up the bases via a double by Joey Votto, a walk by Jay Bruce, and then Miguel Cairo being hit by a pitch while behind in the count, sending Votto to third, and Bruce to second base, and with two men out, before Ryan Madson, who was pitching in relief of Cliff Lee, recorded his twenty-fifth save of the season as he ended the game by getting pinch htter Yonder Alonso to pop out to third to end the game.
Cliff Lee (15-7, 2.59) gets the win as he went eight and two-thirds shutout innings, giving up six hits and a walk, while striking out seven. Ryan Madson recorded his twenty-fifth save of the year as he pitched a third of an inning, getting out the only man that he would face. Dontrelle Willis (0-4, 4.10) took the last as he pitched six and two-thirds innings, giving up three runs on five hits and five walks, while striking out six. Jose Arredondo and Aroldis Chapman combined for two and a third scoreless innings, as they gave up just three hits (Arredondo (2), Chapman (1)), while striking out one batter (Chapman) between them.
The Phils had eight hits in the ballgame, with Carlos Ruiz leading the team with three hits, all singles. Placido Polanco followed with two hits, both singles. Hunter Pence (Home Run, RBI), John Mayberry, Jr. (Single) and Wilson Vladez (Single), had the other three Phils’ hits. Chase Utley and Ryan Howard knocked in the other two Phils’ runs with force outs.
The Phils (86-46, 1st East) will conclude their four-game series with the Reds (67-69, 3rd Central) with a day game later today. The game will be played at Great American Ball Park and will start at 12:35 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Vance Worley (9-1, 2.65), who is coming off a win against the Mets on August 23, as he pitched seven innings, giving up a run on seven hits and a walk, while striking out nine, in the Phils’ 9-4 win. Worley will going for his tenth win of the season while also trying to lead the Phils to a sweep of the Reds. The Reds will counter with Mike Leake (11-8, 4.04), who is coming off a win against the Nats on August 27, as he went six innings, giving up two runs on six hits and a walk, while he struck out four, in the Reds’ 6-3 win. He will be trying to help the Reds avoid a sweep. The Phils will be out to sweep the Reds.