Chase Utley captures the magic of Orlando Cabrera and leads the Phillies to victory. Reds lose, 10-3.

With the Guatemalan striker for the Philadelphia Union, there's now two Carlos Ruizes in town. I think both of them homered against the Reds. (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)

Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game

Jay Bruce.  This one's pretty clear cut.  Bruce went 3-4 including a 3 run homer that amounted to the Reds' only runs of the game.  Don't look now, but Bruce's batting average for the season is up to .282.  Honorable mentions go to Ryan Hanigan for walking twice, and Todd Frazier for striking out in his major league debut.  Welcome to the bigs, Todd!  You're just as valuable as half our offense at this point.

Key Plays

  • Stop me if you've heard this one before, but a Reds pitcher struggled in the first inning.  Bronson Arroyo gave up a leadoff single to Jimmy Rollins, and one batter later, Placido Polanco hit a home run.  Phillies lead, 2-0.
  • Arroyo got in trouble in the second inning, but wiggled out of it with a fielder's choice play at the plate.  Not so, the third inning.  With one out, Bronson gave up singles to Placido Polanco, Ryan Howard, and Raul Ibanez.  The last one plated Polanco.  Arroyo then walked Carlos Ruiz to load the bases.  Domonic Brown lined out, and the Reds were one out away from escaping relatively unscathed.  But then John Mayberry hit a soft blooper to center, and Howard and Ibanez scored.  Opposing pitcher Cole Hamels demonstrated his multidimensional mastery of the Reds by singling and driving in Ruiz.  Then Jimmy Rollins homered, and that was it for Bronson's Toronto-like performance.  Matt Maloney entered the game and struck out Chase Utley to end the inning.  Phillies lead, 9-0.
  • This was one of the rare games when Joey Votto didn't reach base, and he flew out to center to start the fourth inning.  But Brandon Phillips and Scott Rolen singled, and Jay Bruce hit a home run, his twelfth of the season.  The deficit was cut by a third!  But that would be the sum total of the Reds' offense.  Phillies lead, 9-3.
  • Raul Ibanez homered in the bottom of the fourth.  Citizens Bank Park makes Great American look like Petco.  Phillies win, 10-3.



Other Notes

  • Including the playoffs, the Reds have lost nine straight in Philadelphia, dating back to their last win on July 7, 2009.  They did however bring in the largest regular season crowd in CBP history.
  • Speaking of nine straight, the Phillies had not scored more than three runs in any of their previous nine games.
  • In the last six games, the Reds are batting a Gomes-ian .199 (39-196).  Edinson Volquez's comments were stupid, but perhaps not dumb.
  • Bronson Arroyo only has one win against the Phillies.  Cole Hamels has never lost to the Reds.



Final - 5.23.2011 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Cincinnati Reds 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 5 0
Philadelphia Phillies 2 0 7 1 0 0 0 0 X 10 14 0
WP: Cole Hamels (6 - 2)
LP: Bronson Arroyo (3 - 5)

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