Brett Myers flirted with a no-hitter for six and two-thirds innings before it was finally broken up by a Joey Votto double. Although it would be the only hit that he would give up in seven and two-third innings of work, it would be a very costly one as it would knock in Brandon Phillips, who had earlier gotten on base with a walk, one of six that Myers would give up, and the most costly, giving the Reds a 1-0 lead. Before the Reds would score in the seventh, Myers and Edinson Volquez would be involved in a pitcher’s duel, with neither offense being able to do anything against either pitcher, with the Reds being unable to get a hit and the Phils being unable to get a clutch hit to knock in a run. In the top of the ninth, with J.C. Romero still pitching in relief of Myers, the Reds would get an insurance run as Votto would hit his second RBI double of the night, once again scoring Philips, who this time has gotten on base with a single, to make it 2-0 Reds. Francisco Cordero, the Reds’ closer, would pitch a 1-2-3 ninth innning, to record his twelfth save of the year.
In spite of a good pitching performance, Brett Myers would take the lost as he goes seven and one-third innings, giving up only one run on one hit, as he struck out eight while walking six, one of whom would score. His record is now 3-7 with a 5.13 ERA. J.C. Romero would pitch an inning, giving up one run on two hits. Ryan Madson would pitch two-thirds of an inning, giving up no runs on no hits. Edinson Volquez would get the win as he would keep the Phillies’ bats under wrap for seven innings, giving up no runs on two hits, while striking out eight Phils. His record is now 8-2 with an ERA of 1.32. Bill Bray would pitch two-thirds of an inning, giving up no runs on no hits. Francisco Cordero would pitch an inning, giving up no runs on no hits to record his twelfth save of the year.
Ken Griffey, Jr. came into the game in the eighth inning, pinch hitting for the Reds’ starter Volquez. He would be once again walked, which would produce another series of boos from the fans, who wanted to see him at least attempt to hit his 600th home run, although he was able to foul off at least one pitch in this at bat.
The Phillies’ offense was unable to do anything tonight, as Volquez once again refused to give in to them, as he and the relievers that followed him shut out the Phils’ for only the third time this year. The Phils are now back to nine games over .500 as they are now 7-2 on the home stand, with the last game to be played tomorrow afternoon.
The final game of the home stand will be played tomorrow afternoon between the Phillies (35-26) and the Reds (29-31, 5th National League Central) at Citizens Bank Park. The game will start at 1:05 pm Eastern. The Phils’ starter will be Cole Hamels (5-4, 3.73), who is coming off his second straight bad start, this time against the Marlins on May 31, where he would only go five and two-thirds innings, getting hit for seven earned runs on eight hits, in the Phils’ 7-3 lost. This will be Hamel’s second start against the Reds, having defeated them back on April 7, where he would go seven innings, giving up only two earned runs on five scattered hits, in the Phils’ 5-3 victory. Hamels will be trying to regain his winning form while trying to help the Phillies end the home stand on a very high note. The Reds will counter with Homer Bailey (0-0, -.–), who will be making his first start, since being called up from Triple-A Louisville. While pitching for Louisville, he was 4-4 with a 4.15 ERA in twelve starts. He will be trying for his first win since coming back to the Reds while hoping to keep the Phils’ batters quiet.
With the lost and with the Marlins’ defeat of the Braves, the Phillies are now leading the fish by only one and a half game. The lost keeps the Braves three and a half games back, while the Mets’ victory over the Giants also makes them three and a half game behind, while they leap back ahead of the Braves. The Phillies will be trying to win the last game on their home stand to keep their present lead over the rest of the league while leaving Philadelphia on a high note before they head for Atlanta for their three games series with the Braves.
Pat Burrell’s two-run home run would be the different as Adam Eaton pitches a great six and two-thirds innings to record his second victory of the year as the Phillies defeat the Reds, 3-2. The Reds would score the game’s first run, when, in the third, Edwin Encarnacion would hit his tenth home run of the year while leading off the inning, giving the Reds a quick 1-0 lead. The Phillies would quickly come back to tie the game in their half of the inning, when Chase Utley, who was unable to hit a home run tonight, would hit a RBI single, knocking in Jimmy Rollins, who has gotten on base earlier via a force out. The score would stay that way for the next couple of innings as Adam Eaton and Reds’ starter Aaron Harang would find themselves in the middle of a pitcher’s dual. The dual would end though, when, with a runner on second, and one out, Pat Burrell would hit his fourteenth home run of the season, a two-run shot which would score Utley, who has earlier doubled, to give the Phillies a 3-1 lead. In the eighth, the Reds would cut the lead to 3-2, as Javier Valentin hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Encarnacion, who has earlier tripled off of Tom Gordon. After Gordon is able to get out of further trouble in the eighth, Brad Lidge is handed the ball. In spite of giving up two walks, Lidge would get his fifteenth save in as many chances by getting Encarnacion to fly out to end the game.
Adam Eaton is the winning pitcher as he records his second win of the season as he goes six and two-thirds inning, giving up only one earned run on just three hits. His record is now 2-3 with a ERA of 4.63. J.C. Romero would pitch a third of an inning, giving up no runs on no hits, walking a batter and striking out one. Tom Gordon would pitch an inning, giving up an earned run on one hit. Brad Lidge would pitched the ninth, giving up no runs on no hits, as he records his fifteenth save of the year. Aaron Harang is the losing pitcher for the Reds, as he would pitch six innings plus two batters, giving up three earned runs on nine hits. His record is now 2-8 wirh a 3.86 ERA. Rookie pitcher Danny Herrera would make his major league debut by coming in the seventh inning in relief of Harang with two runners on base with no one out, and would get out of the inning, leaving the bases loaded, as he gives up no runs on no hits. Jared Burton would also pitch an inning, giving up no runs on no hits.
The Phillies’ offense would get nine hits in the game, four of them being for extra-bases (3 (2B), 1 (HR)), but they would be held down to three runs as they were unable to break the game wide open in the seventh. Chase Utley was unable to hit a home run for the six straight game, but he would get an RBI for the ninth straight game in a row. Also, Eaton has pitched another good game, which led to another victory for him. It would appear that he has finally turned a corner. Let us hope that it stays that way. The Phillies have now won their third strength game in a row, their eighth in nine games and their eleventh in their last fifteen games. They are also now ten games over .500 for the first time this season. Ken Griffey, Jr. did not start for the second straight game, but did he come into the game in the eighth inning against Tom Gordon, who has already given up six home runs to him, to try and make it seven in an attempt to tie the game with one swing of the bat. He is instead walked by Gordon, who refused to give him something to hit. So, Junior will be trying again to hit number 600 tomorrow.
The third game in the four games series between the Phillies (35-25) and the Reds (28-31, 5th National League Central) will be played at Citizens Bank Park tomorrow night at 7:05 pm Eastern. The Phils’ starter will be Brett Myers (3-6, 5.52), who is coming off a recent win against the Marlins, where he would go eight innings, giving up only three earned runs, all coming in the first inning, on six scattered hits, while striking out eleven. This will be his second start against the Reds, having lost his first start against them back on April 6, as he would go five innings, giving up four earned runs on eight hits, in the Phillies’ 8-2 lost. He will be trying to improve his record while continuing what he did in the last seven innings of his last start. His opponent will be Endison Volquez (7-2, 1.46), who is coming off a recent no-decision against the Braves on May 30, where he would pitch six innings, giving up only two earned runs on five hits, in the Reds’ 3-2 win. He has already pitched against the Phillies this season, as he was Myers’ opponent in the April 6 game. He would recieve the victory as he would go five and one-third innings, giving up only one earned run on five scattered hits. He will be trying to put a stop to the Phillies’ offensive juggernaut while hoping that they won’t light him up.
The first place Phillies have increased their lead to two and one half games over the Marlins as they would loss once again to the Braves. The Braves, with their win over the fish, stay three and a half games behind the Phils. The Phils are presently leading the Mets by four and a half games as they have just won their game against the Giants. The Phillies will be trying to continue their winning way and to further increase their lead against the opponents.
The Phillies’ (34-25) ten games home stand will continue tonight, as they host the Reds (28-30, 5th National League Central) for the second game of their four games set. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and will start at 7:05 pm Eastern. Ken Griffey, Jr. should be in the Reds’ lineup tonight, and should get at least four chances to try and hit his 600th career home run, which is not good news for the Phillies’ starter for tonight’s game, as Junior has already tagged him for two of his 599 previous four baggers. The Phillies’ starters will be Adam Eaton (1-3, 4.99), who has finally gotten his first win of the year, doing it against the Rockies on May 28, as he pitched six strong innings, giving up only one earned run on four hits, in the Phillies’ 6-1 victory. His career record against the Reds is 2-0 with a 4.19 ERA in six starts, which includes his previous start against them this year, occuring back on April 5, where he would receive his first no-decision of the season, as he would pitch seven and two-thirds innings, giving up three earned runs on six hits, in the Phillies’ 4-3 lost. He’ll be trying to make it two wins in a row, while trying to avoid becoming Junior’s 600th home run victim, as he hopes that the Phillies’ offensive juggernaut will continue on its merry way. The Reds plan to counter with Aaron Harang (2-7, 3.81), who is coming off of a lost to the Bucos on May 29, as he was crushed by them for six earned runs on ten hits as he was only able to last four innings, in the Reds’ 7-2 lost. He has already pitched against the Phillies this year, as he opposed Adam Eaton on April 5. He would also receive a no-decision as he would pitch six innings, giving up two earned runs on six hits while striking out six. He will be trying to get a win to improve his poor record, while hoping that he won’t be facing the Phillies’ wrath for his good performance against them earlier this season.
The Phillies’ offense last night had twelve more hits, including 5 more extra-base hits (2 (2B), 3 (HR)). Chase Utley, who is still the leading vote getter among National League All-Stars, has, for the second time this year, tied the Phillies’ franchise record for the consective number of games hitting at least one home run by hitting a home run in the first inning last night. He has also hit at least one RBI for the eighth straight game. Because of this, he has won his fifth National League Player of the Week award for his heroics last week. Phillies’ fans will be waiting to see tonight which of the two home runs related accomplishments will occur during tonight’s game, Junior hitting his 600th career home run, or Utley hitting it out of the park for a team record sixth game in a row. Only time will tell. Meanwhile, the rest of the Phillies’ bats will be trying to continue their campaign to wear out opposing teams’ starters.
The first place Phillies are now leading the Marlins by a game and a half, as they continue their four games series with the Braves. The third place Braves are still trailing the Phils by three and a half games thanks to their extra-innings win against the fish. The fourth place Mets are now trailing the Phillies by four and a half games, as they got crushed by the Giants last night. The Phils will be trying to win for the eighth time in their last nine games, while also trying to increase their lead in the National League East.
Edit: Well, just learned that Junior won’t be playing today. Looks like the knees are still sore. I wonder if the Reds will be using him for pitch hitting duty. Guess we’ll find out during the ballgame tonight.
The first place Phillies (33-25) are set to host the Reds (28-29, 5th National League Central) for the last four games of a so far very successful ten games home stand (5-1). The first game of the four games series will be played tonight at Citizens Bank Park, starting at 7:05 pm Eastern. The Phillies’ starting pitcher will be Kyle Kendrick (4-2, 4.84), who is coming off of a win against the Rockies on May 27, where he would pitch seven and a third effective innings, giving up only two earned runs on seven scattered hits, while striking out five Rockies, in the Phils’ 7-4 victory. Lifetime against the Reds he is 1-0 with a 2.57 ERA in two starts. He hope to continue pitching well, while trying to help the Phillies increase their lead in the East with a win. The Reds will counter with Bronson Arroyo (4-4. 5.29), who is coming off of two straight wins, his most recent being against the luckless Pirates on May 28. In that game, he would go six innings, giving up only one earned run on three hits, in the Reds’ 9-1 rout. He will be trying to help the Reds make it four wins in a row, after sweeping the Braves during the weekend, while hoping that he will be the third straight starter to cool down the Phillies’ hot bats.
During the Reds’ visit, Ken Griffey, Jr. will be aiming for his 600th career home run of his long career, planning to become the sixth man in major league history to accomplish it. The Phllies’ pitching staff will do everything that they can to keep Junior from doing it in Citizens Bank Pank. Which of the two will be more successful, Junior or the Phillies’ pitchers? We’ll know for certain by the end of Thursday night’s game.
Edit: Ken Griffey, Jr. did not play in tonight’s game because of soreness from Sunday’s afternoon game against the Braves. He should be able to play in tomorrow night’s game. .
The Phillies’ bats have cooled down a bit after their eruption on Friday night. In the last two games of the Marlins’ series, the offense would only get twelve hits, although they would score twelve runs, thanks to two key home runs in the final game of their three games series which helped put them back into first place. Of those twelve hits, five of them would be extra-base hits (2 (2B), 3 (HR)). The offense is pose for another eruption, which Reds’ pitching hope won’t come at their expense. One of the pluses of the recent outburst is that the bullpen has been well rested and should be ready for this series.
The Phils have a half game lead over the second place Marlins, who are starting a four games with the Braves, who are now tied for third place with the Mets, thanks to their being swept by the Reds in Cincinnati. The Braves, who will be hosting the Marlins for four, and the Mets are both trailing the Phillies by three and a half game. Although both teams have the same percentage point, the Mets have played two games less than the Braves, while they have at the same time lost one game less. After defeating the Dodgers for the second straight time last night, they will be going to San Francisco to start a three games series with the Giants. The Phillies will be trying to do very well in their present series so that they can increase their respective leads against each team, before they head out to Atlanta to begin a three games weekend series with the Braves.