The Reds took an early lead in the bottom of the first as, with a man on second, via Zack Cozart’s lead-off double, and with nobody out, Eugenio Suarez hits a ground ball to shortstop Freddy Glavis, who then throws to first, as Cozart heads for third base. The throw eludes first baseman Ryan Howard for a missed catch error, allowing Cozart to score from third base on the error by Howard for the game’s first run, giving the Reds a 1-0 lead, while Suarez would be safe at first on the error. The Phils took the lead in the top of the second as, with one man on, and with two men out, Galvis would hit a two-run home run, his first home run of the season, knocking in Carlos Ruiz, who had started the inning off with a single, giving the Phils a 2-1 lead. It would stay that way as the Phils’ opening day pitcher, Jeremy Hellickson, would pitch six strong innings, giving up an unearned run on three hits, followed by Jeanmar Gomez, who would pitch a scoreless inning. But then the wheel came off in the bottom of the eighth as the Reds loaded up the bases via a lead-off walk by Adam Duvall, a double by Scott Schebler, sending Duvall on to third base, and a walk by Billy Hamilton, and with nobody out, Cozart would hit a sacrifice fly to right for the inning’s first out, scoring Duvall from third base, tying the game up at two-all, while sending Schebler up to third base and Hamilton on to second base, thanks to how deep the ball went. Two batters later, after Suarez is walked to reload the bases, Joey Votto would hit an RBI single, knocking in both Schebler and Hamilton, giving the Reds a 4-2 lead, while moving Suarez up to second base. The Reds then made it a 6-2 lead two batters later, after they had reloaded the bases as Brandon Phillips is hit by the pitch, moving both runners up a base, and with still one man out, as Jay Bruce hits a two-run single, knocking in Suarez and Votto, while Philips would go on to third base, before attempting to score on center fielder Odubel Herrera’s fielding error, but is thrown out at the plate by a throw from Galvis, with catcher Ruiz putting on the tag, for the inning’s second out. That would end up being the final score as J.J. Hoover would come in to pitch the top of the ninth, throwing a 1-2-3 inning, getting Peter Bourjos to ground out for the game’s final out.
Jeremy Hellickson received a no-decision in spite of pitching six strong innings, giving up an unearned run on three hits, while striking out six. Jeanmar Gomez received his first hold of the season as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. David Hernandez (0-1, *.**) took the lost as he pitched to just third batters, getting none of them out, as he gave up three runs on a hit and two walks. James Russell committed his first blown save of the season as he pitched a third of an inning, giving up two runs on a hit and a walk. Hector Neris pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a hit, while also hitting a batter. Raisel Iglesias also received a no-decision as he pitched six innings, giving up two runs on six hits, while striking out seven. Jumbo Diaz pitched one and a third scoreless innings, striking out a batter. Tony Cingrani pitched a third of an inning, giving up a walk, while striking out a batter. Ross Ohlendorf (1-0, 0.00) got the win as he also pitched a third of an inning, striking out the only batter he’d faced. J.J. Hoover pitched a 1-2-3 inning.
The Phils had six hits in the game, with Cesar Hernandez leading the ballclub with two hits, a single and a double. Maikel Franco followed with a single, Carlos Ruiz with a single, Freddy Galvis with a home run (two RBIs) and the Phils’ starter Jeremy Hellickson with a single. The Phils also had a walk in the game (Odubel Herrera). The defense would perform one double play while committing two errors, a missed catch error by Ryan Howard and a fielding error by Herrera.
After taking yesterday off, the Phils and the Reds will continue their three-game series in Cincinnati with a night game tonight at Great American Ball Park. The game is to begin at 7:30 pm EST. The Phils will send to the mound Aaron Nola (0-0, -.–) who will be starting his first game of 2016, having ended 2015 with a record of 6-2 and an ERA of 3.59, in 13 starts. He will be trying to give the Phils their first victory of 2016, as well as gain his first win of the season. The Reds will counter with Brandon Finnegan (0-0, -.–) who had a record of 5-2 last season, pitching for both the Royals and the Reds, with an ERA of 3.56, in 20 games, four of which were starts. He will also be going for his first win of 2016, as well as trying to give the Reds the series win. The Phils will be trying for their first victory of the young season, as they hope the bullpen won’t blow another late lead.
The Phillies (20-16, T-1st) continue their three cities road trip with a three-games stop in Cincinnati to visit the Reds (21-17, 3rd National League Central). The game will be played at Great American Ball Park and will start at 7:10 pm Eastern. The Phillies starter will be their ace Cole Hamels (1-2, 5.04), who is coming off his best start of the season, as he pitched a no-decision against the Dodgers on May 14, where he went seven innings, giving up two runs, only one of which was earned, on seven hits and a walk, as he struck out nine Dodgers, in the Phils’ 5-3 lost. Last year, against the Reds, he had a 2-0 record with a 0.56 ERA in sixteen innings pitched. He will be going for his third straight quality start and to even his win-lost record. The Reds will oppose him with Johnny Cueto (4-1, 1.93), who is coming off a win against the Diamondback on May 13, his third straight win, as he went seven innings, giving up three runs on four hits and two walks, while striking out four, in the Reds’ 10-3 win. He will be trying for his fourth straight win. The Phils will be looking to make it five wins in a row, while hoping to retake first place from the Mets.
A throwing error by Nats’ reliever Jesus Colome to first on a Pedro Feliz’s bunt leads to a three-runs Phils’ eighth, giving the Phils a series sweep of the Nationals in Washington, as the Phils defeat the hapless Nationals, 8-6.
The Phils took the lead in the first, as, with runners on the corners, and two men out, Jayson Werth hits an RBI single, knocking in Chase Utley, who had earlier singled, and had gone to third on Ryan Howard’s single, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead, while sending Howard, who had earlier singled, to third base. Shane Victorino made it a 3-0 Phils’ lead, as he hits a two-run double, scoring both Howard and Werth. The Nationals would come back in their half of the first, as, with two men on, and one man out, Adam Dunn hits an RBI double, scoring Cristian Guzman, who had earlier singled, and had moved up to second base on Nick Johnson’s single, making it a 3-1 Phils’ lead, while sending Johnson over to third. A wild pitch by Phils’ starter Chan Ho Park would make it a 3-2 Phils’ lead, scoring Johnson, while sending Dunn up to third, with still one man out. Elijah Dukes then tied up the game at three-all as he hits an RBI double, knocking in Dunn. The Nationals took the lead in the second, as, with the bases loaded, via walks to Guzman, Johnson and Ryan Zimmerman, and one man out, Dunn received an RBI walk, forcing in Guzman, making it a 4-3 Nats’ lead, while both Johnson and Zimmerman moved up a base. That would be it for Park, as he is replaced on the mound by Jack Taschner. The Nats then took a 5-3 lead, as Willie Harris, who had come into the game in place of Dukes, who had left the game because of an injury, was hit by the pitch, scoring Johnson, while moving up both Zimmerman and Dunn. The Phillies would then get out of the inning as Josh Willingham lined into a 5-4 double play, as Dunn is thrown out while trying to get back to second base. The Phillies came back in the fourth, as, with a runner on second, and two men out, Jimmy Rollins hits an RBI single, scoring Pedro Feliz, who had earlier singled and had moved to second on Taschner’s sacrifice bunt, making it a 5-4 Nats’ lead. The Phils then tied it at five-all, as, with a runner on second, and still two men out, Utley hits an RBI double, scoring Rollins, who had earlier stole second base. The Nats regained the lead in the sixth, as, with runners on the corners, and nobody out, Zimmerman hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Guzman, who had earlier singled, and had gone over to third on Johnson’s single, making it a 6-5 Nats’ lead. The Phils took back the lead in the eighth as, with two men on, and nobody out, Pedro Feliz puts down a bunt towards third base that was fielded by Jesus Colome, who then threw to first. The throw got past Nats’ first baseman Johnson for an error, which allowed both Werth, who had earlier singled, and had gone to second on Victorino’s walk, and Victorino, who had just walked, to score, giving the Phils a 7-6 lead, while sending Feliz all the way to third on the error. Two batters later, with Feliz still on third, and one man out, pinch hitter Eric Bruntlett hits a pinch hit double, scoring Feliz, and giving the Phils an 8-6 lead. That would end up being the final score, as Brad Lidge came on in the ninth, with one man on base, Harris, via a walk from Scott Eyre, with one out, who got Willingham to hit into a 6-4-3 double play, wiping out Harris at second, for his seventh save of the season, and his second save of the series, giving the Phils a series sweep.
Chan Ho Park got a no-decision, lasting only one and a third innings, giving up five runs on five hits, four walks and a wild pitch, while striking out only two. Jack Taschner pitched two and two-thirds innings of scoreless ball, giving up a hit, two walks and hitting a batter, while striking out two. Chad Durbin pitched two innings, giving up a run on two hits and a hit batter, as he struck out two. Sergio Escalona got the win as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up just one hit, as he struck out one. His record is presently 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA. Scott Eyre got his sixth hold of the season as he pitched an inning and a third, giving up just a walk, while striking out two. Brad Lidge got his seventh save of the year as he pitched to only one batter, getting him to hit into a double play. Jordon Zimmermann also got a no-decision as he pitched five innings, giving up five runs on seven hits, three walks and a hit batter, as he struck out six. Ron Villone pitched two scoreless innings. Julian Tavarez took the lost as he pitched to two batters, giving up two runs on one hit and a walk. His record is now 0-3 with an ERA of 6.32. Jesus Colome recorded his first blown save of the year as he pitched one third of an inning, giving up a run on one hit. Joe Beimel pitched a scoreless inning and a third, giving up just a hit.
The Phillies collected ten hits in the game, with Jimmy Rollins, Jayson Werth and Pedro Feliz leading the way with two hits each. Chase Utley, Ryan Howard, Shane Victorino and Eric Bruntlett got the other four hits. Victorino knocked in two runs, while Rollins, Utley, Werth and Bruntlett each knocked in a run. The win gives the Phillies their third sweep of the season, with all three being done on the road. This was also the worst start for Park since joining the Phils, after having two straight quality starts, so his days in the starting rotation may be numbered.
The Phillies (20-16, 2nd) have the day off today before they start a three-games series with the Reds (21-16, 3rd National League Central) tomorrow night in Cincinnati. The Phils hope to continue there hot streak while in Cincinnati.