The Phils’ bullpen ruins another excellent start by blowing the lead in the bottom of the ninth, as they lose to the Reds, 3-2.

Philadelphia_PhilliesThe Phils’ bullpen blew another lead as they allowed the winning run to cross the plate via a walk-off bases loaded double, as they drop the series to the Reds, losing 3-2.

The Phils took the lead in the top of the first as, with one man on, and with two men out, Maikel Franco hits a two-run home run, his first home run of the season, knocking in Odubel Herrera, who had earlier reached based on an infield single to first, giving the Phils a 2-0 lead. The Reds would get a run back in their half of the first as, with one man out, Eugenio Suarez hits a solo home run, his first home run of the season, making it a 2-1 Phils’ lead. The Phils would keep it a 2-1 lead via excellent pitching from their starter Aaron Nola who would pitch seven strong innings, giving up only one run, via Suarez’s home run, and four hits, while striking out eight, and a 1-2-3 eighth inning from David Hernandez, as he redeemed himself for Monday’s fiasco. But the Reds would threaten in the bottom of the ninth as they loaded up the bases, via a one-out single by Suarez, an infield single to the relief pitcher Dalier Hinojosa by Devin Mesoraco, sending Suarez up to second base, and a single by Jay Bruce, sending Suarez on to third base, while moving pinch-runner Tyler Holt, who was pinch-running for Mesoraco, up to second base, with one man out. The Reds would then walk-off with the victory as Scott Schebler hits a two-run double, knocking in both Suarez and Holt, while sending Bruce over to third base, giving the Reds a 3-2 walk-off win.

Aaron Nola received a no-decision as he threw seven strong innings, giving up just one run on four hits, while striking out eighth. David Hernandez received his first hold of the season as he threw a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Dalier Hinojosa received his first blown save of the season before taking the lost (0-1, 54.00), as he pitched a third of an inning, giving up two runs on four hits. Brandon Finnegan also received a no-decision as he pitched six strong innings, giving up two runs on three hits and a walk, while striking out nine. Caleb Cotham pitched two scoreless innings, as he gave up two hits. Blake Wood got the win (1-0, 0.00) as he pitched a scoreless inning, walking a batter, while striking out one.

The Phils had five hits in the game, a double by Freddy Galvis, a single by Odubel Herrera, a two-run home run by Maikel Franco, a double by Cameron Rupp and a single by pinch-hitter Ryan Howard. The Phils’ offense also had two walks (Herrera, Darin Ruf) in the game and performed a sacrifice bunt (Cesar Hernandez), while Ruf was caught trying to steal.

The Phils will complete the three game-series today with an afternoon game at the Great American Ball Park.

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