Phillies Unleash a Phlurry of Hits; Beat Reds 12-5.

PHILADELPHIA - SEPTEMBER 20: Catcher Erik Kratz #31 of the Philadelphia Phillies bats during a game against the Washington Nationals at Citizens Bank Park on September 20, 2011 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Hunter Martin/Getty Images)

The Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game

Jay Bruce went 3 for 3 with a double, a walk, and 2 runs batted in. Bruce's double was a nice shot off the right field wall. Hopefully, the Beaumont Bomber is getting back into one of his patented grooves. It sure would be a big help as the Reds chase the NL Central title. Honorable mentions are due to Chris Heisey and Brandon Phillips. Heisey went 3 for 4 with a double, a run, and an RBI. Phillips chipped in by going 2 for 4 with 2 runs.

Also of note was the entire Philadelphia lineup. Every Philadelphia starter collected at least one hit. The Phils worked 4 walks, knocked 4 doubles, slammed 3 home runs, and collected a staggering 28 total bases. Somehow, Philly still left 9 men on base. Additional credit goes to Ryan Howard (2 for 4, HR, 2 runs, 2 RBI, BB), John Mayberry, Jr. (3 for 5, HR, 3 runs, 3 RBI), Erik Kratz (2 for 2, HR, run, 2 RBI, BB), and Juan Pierre (3 for 4, 2B, 3 runs, RBI, 2 SB).

The supergrover Memorial Honorary Red Reporter of the Gamethread

A goodly number of regulars stopped by after a slow start. Justin, BubbaFan, and others contributed to some fun speculation on the playoff roster/rotation before the wheels came off the wagon in the fifth inning. Tonight, however, a good performance just wasn't enough. Former regular, brendanukkah, wins this one going away with his announcement that he was going to propose to his lady friend tonight. He returned to inform us that she said yes. Congrats, brendanukkah! We all wish you and your fiancé the best of luck.

On a much sadder note, kcox17 informed us that his friend, an usher for the Reds, passed away today due to injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident on Saturday. Red Reporter's thoughts are with you, fellow Reds fan, rest in peace. Let's hope that kcox17's friend and supergrover are enjoying some cold ones together "at the great ball orchard in the sky."

Key Plays

  • The Reds came out swinging with Zack Cozart, Chris Heisey, and Brandon Phillips all singling to start the first. Jay Bruce doubled to score Cozart. Confusion between Heisey and Mark Berry led to the Phillies throwing Heisey out at home. BubbaFan also noted that Heisey was out regardless, because Berry touched him while rounding third. Brandon Phillips would later score on a Scott Rolen groundout. Reds led, 2-0.
  • The Phillies wasted no time in responding. Juan Pierre doubled, and Ryan Howard drove him in two batters later with a single. Reds led, 2-1.
  • All was quiet in the second, but the Phillies scored one run in the third on a Ryan Howard big fly. Game tied, 2-2.
  • Phillies catcher, Erik Kratz, did his best Ryan Howard impersonation in the fourth with a solo shot to left center. Phillies led, 3-2.
  • The Reds responded in the fifth. Devin Mesoraco doubled to lead off the inning, and he would move to third on Mike Leake's sacrifice bunt. Chris Heisey doubled to drive home Mesoraco. Phillips moved Heisey over to third with a single. Bruce would then single in Heisey. Roy Halladay picked off Bruce, but an errant throw and general Cubs-like defense from the Phillies allowed Phillips to score before Rollins tagged Bruce for the final out. Amazingly, the video of this play isn't on MLB.com. Reds led, 5-3.
  • The Phillies came alive in the fifth with a barrage of hits of their own. Former Reds' acquisition target, Juan Pierre, singled. Chase Utley doubled to score Pierre. Mike Leake intentionally walked Ryan Howard. John Mayberry, Jr. singled to drive in Utley. Domonic Brown doubled in Howard and Mayberry before Dusty Baker mercifully lifted Leake from the game in favor of Sam LeCure. Phillies led, 7-5.
  • The Phillies picked up in the sixth where they left off in the fifth. Jimmy Rollins doubled. Pierre attempted a sacrifice bunt, but LeCure went to third and Rollins beat the throw. Utley batted in Rollins on a sacrifice fly to Xavier Paul. Mayberry then lined a home run to left field. Pierre scored on the play. Phillies led, 10-5.
  • The Phillies furthered the rout in the seventh. Jose Arredondo walked Placido Polanco and hit Kratz with a pitch. Rollins moved the runners over with a groundout to Brandon Phillips. Pierre singled to drive in Polanco. Phillies led, 11-5.
  • Philadelphia did not know when to quit, scoring again in the eighth. Mayberry singled, Brown walked, and Polanco singled to load the bases. Kratz flew out to Heisey to score Mayberry. Phillies led, 12-5.

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via www.fangraphs.com

Other Notes
  • Philadelphia scored in every inning in which they batted except for the second.
  • All four Reds pitchers posted a negative WPA tonight.
  • With the loss, the Reds drop to 24-11 without Joey Votto, 74-49 overall. The Reds lead second place Pittsburgh by 6 games and third place St. Louis by 8 games. The Pirates are currently playing the Padres in San Diego. Kevin Correia is on the hill for the Pirates while Edinson Volquez takes the ball for the Padres. The Padres currently lead 2-0.
  • The Reds face the Phillies again tomorrow night at 7:05 ET. Homer Bailey and Cliff Lee are the projected starters.
  • Philadelphia's own Solomon Burke provides the song of the night.
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