Big Road Machine stalls in Philly. PHL 5, CIN 3.


Bruce and Votto both go yard, but Tony Cingrani likely bid adieu to the Reds with a mediocre outing.

The Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game

Joey Votto singled and hit a 420-foot moon shot to center to tie the game in the 8th. Unfortunately, it wasn't enough to sustain the Reds' 6 game (overall and road) win streak. Honorable Mention is due to Jay Bruce, who was 2 for 4 for a second straight night. He hit a 2RHR to start the Reds' scoring.

Tony Cingrani allowed three runs in just five innings in what was likely his last start with the big league team for a while. Mike Leake has been announced as Tuesday's starter.

Key Plays

  • The Reds put two on in each of the first two frames, but couldn't capitalize. The Phillies then drew first blood in the third after Jimmy Rollins pulled a high fastball for a two-run shot. Phills 2, Reds 0.
  • Cliff Lee opened the fifth with a double (that just missed going out), and was then bunted to third. Cingrani struck out Chase Utley to get the second out, but Michael Young followed with a triple to deep center that nicked Choo's glove. Reds trailed, 3-0.
  • Jay Bruce got two of the runs back in the sixth, lifting a ball just over the RF wall for a two-run jack. Philly 3, Cincinnati 2.
  • Votto blasted a solo shot in the top of the 8th off of lefty Antonio Bastardo. 3 all.
  • Logan Ondrusek and Sam LeCure threw zeroes in the sixth and seventh, but then the bullpen's wheels came off in the bottom of the eighth against Sean Marshall and Jonathan Broxton. Philly got one run when Cozart and Phillips tried to rush what would've been a difficult double play. They got the other when Ryan Howard apparently beat the tag on a sac fly to center. Ryan Hanigan and then Dusty heatedly argued the call; looked like Hanigan blocked the plate perfectly. When Howard returned to the field, he did so with a taped-up finger. The Reds couldn't muster any runs off of Papelbon in the ninth, and that was that.



Other Notes

  • Cliff Lee looked a bit wild early on but settled down. The Reds worked him for about 50 pitches in the first two innings. Lee ended up going seven innings anyways.
  • Before Rollins' jack, the Phillies last 16 homeruns had been of the solo variety. It was Rollins 1,200th career run scored.
  • The Phillies didn't draw any walks in the prior series in Cincinnati. Michael Young, of all players, stopped the streak with a walk in the first.
  • Votto's HR was his first since April 25. It was also the first time he homered in the same game as Bruce since [waiting for someone to research and tweet] June 18, 2012 [thanks, Menace!].
  • Joey Votto is 7-for-16 (.438) with 1 HR, 4 RBIs lifetime vs. Cliff Lee.
  • Brandon Phillips tied Joe Morgan for the most doubles by a Reds 2B with 220.
  • Philly got lucky tonight. That's okay. They're old, we're young. And fun.
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