The Phils are swept in Cincinnati as the pitching staff continues being unable to hold leads, as the Phils lose to the Reds, 10-6.

Philadelphia_PhilliesThe Phils’ pitchers are once again unable to hold onto a lead as the Phils get swept in Cincinnati by the Reds, losing 10-6.

The Phils took the lead in the top of the third as, with two men on, and with two men out, Ryan Howard hits a single to right, moving Charlie Morton, who had started the inning off with an infield single, then moved up to second base on Freddy Galvis’ single, up to third base, while sending Galvis, who had earlier singled, on to second base, before Morton would score on right fielder Jay Bruce’s fielding error, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Reds would tie the game up at one-all in their half of the third as, with a man on first, and with two men out, Scott Schebler hits an RBI double, scoring Tucker Barnhart, who had earlier walked. The Phils retook the lead in the top of the fourth as Cedric Hunter hits a lead-off home run, his first home run of the season, giving the Phils a 2-1 lead. The Reds then took the lead in their half of the fourth as, with two men on, via a lead-off infield single by Joey Votto, and a single by Adam Duvall, moving Votto up to second base, and with nobody out, Bruce hits a three-run home run, his first home run of the season, knocking in Votto and Duvall, giving the Reds a 4-2 lead. The Reds added to their lead six batters later as, with the bases loaded, via an one-out walk by Ivan DeJesus, who then stole second base, a single by Barnhart, sending DeJesus over to third base, a sacrifice bunt by Robert Stephenson, 1-4, for the inning’s second out, sending Barnhart up to second base, and a walk to Schebler, loading the bases, and with two men out, Eugenio Suarez busted the game open with a grand slam home run, his second home run of the season, knocking in DeJesus, Barnhart and Schebler, giving the Reds an 8-2 lead. The Reds then took a 9-2 lead three batters later as, with two men on, via walks to Votto and Duvall, with Votto moving up to second base, and with still two men out, Bruce hits an RBI single, scoring Votto, while sending Duvall on to second base, before moving up to third base, while Bruce would move up to second base, on center fielder Odubel Herrera’s fielding error. The Phils would get two runs back in the top of the fifth as, with one man on, and with two men out, Howard would hit a two-run home run, his first home run of the year, knocking in Maikel Franco, who had just walked, making it a 9-4 Reds’ lead. The Reds would get one of those runs back in the bottom of the seventh as Bruce hits a lead-off home run, his second home run of the season and of the game, giving the Reds a 10-4 lead. The Phils got two more runs back in the top of the eighth as, with one man on, and with one man out, Carlos Ruiz hits a two-run home run, his first home run of the year, knocking in Hunter, who had just walked, making it a 10-6 Reds’ lead. That would end up being the final score as Ross Ohlendorf pitched a scoreless ninth, getting Andres Blanco to hit into a force out, 4-6, forcing out Franco, who had earlier reached base after being hit by a pitch, at second base for the game’s final out.

Charlie Morton (0-1, 14.73) took the lost as he pitched just three and two-thirds innings, giving up six runs on five hits and two walks, while striking out three. Daniel Stumpf pitched to three batters, getting none of them out, as he gave up three runs on a hit and two walks. Brett Oberholtzer pitched three and a third innings, giving up a run on four hits and a walk, while striking out five. Dalier Hinojosa pitched a scoreless inning, giving up two hits, while striking out a batter. Robert Stephenson (1-0, 5.40) got the win as he pitched five innings, giving up four runs, three of which were earned, on six hits, two walks and a hit batter, while striking out one. Jumbo Diaz and Tony Cingrani would combine for two scoreless innings, giving up a hit (Cingrani) and a walk (Diaz) between them, while striking out three (Diaz (1), Cingrani (2)). Keyvius Sampson pitched an inning, giving up two runs on two hits and a walk, while striking out one. Ross Ohlendorf would pitch a scoreless ninth, hitting a batter, while striking out one.

The Phils had nine hits in the game, with Ryan Howard (Single, Home Run, 2 RBIs) and Carlos Ruiz (Double, Home Run, 2 RBIs) both leading the team with two hits. Freddy Galvis (Single), Maikel Franco (Double), Cedric Hunter (Home Run, RBI), Peter Bourjos (Double) and Charlie Morton (Single) had the other five Phils’ hits, while the final Phil run would come home on an error. The Phils also had four walks (Franco (2), Hunter, Ruiz) and two hit batters (Andres Blanco, Franco) in the ballgame, while the defense committed an error (Odubel Herrera) and picked off a Red runner (Hinojosa).

The Phils would move on to New York to start a three-game weekend series with the Mets at Citi Field starting with an afternoon game this Friday afternoon, which is presently in progress.

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