The Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game
Adam Duvall keeps rolling, refusing to let the good times end. Duvall collected two more hits tonight, the first a double, and has been the left fielder that the Reds have been searching for for many, many years now. He's supposed to be a fourth outfielder type, according to most everybody, who has power for days but not so much else. Instead, he's been the second most valuable Red through the first month and a half of the season, and was basically the only bright spot on offense on this evening.
So, have a trophy, Adam. And keep on proving 'em wrong.
Honorable mention to Tyler Holt, who got a hit and made some plays in the field, Eugenio Suarez for his hit on a night where hits were scarce, and the bullpen (Steve Delabar, JC Ramirez, and Blake Wood) for actually being one of the positives of this game and allowing a punchless offense actually have a chance. That's a weird thing in 2016.
- The Reds 2nd inning started out harmlessly enough, with Brandon Phillips and Jay Bruce recording back to back outs to open the frame. The bottom of the order predictably had their back, however. Adam Duvall hit a double into the gap in left center field, and Tyler Holt singled softly to third where no play could be made. Tucker Barnhart hit a decently struck looping drive into left, where Phillies left fielder Tyler Goeddel did just about everything wrong; he took a bad route, arrived late, and let the ball glance off his glove. The E7 scored Duvall and Holt and allowed Tucker to glide into second. Brandon Finnegan recorded the last out of the inning, but the Reds exited the top of the 2nd leading 2-0.
- Goeddel atoned for his sins in the bottom of the 4th. Brandon Finnegan allowed a lead off walk to Carlos Ruiz, and then allowed another free pass to Tommy Joseph after striking out Freddy Galvis. The 2nd inning goat Goeddel smacked a triple that fell in just fair down the right field line to score them both. Goeddel then scored on a squeeze bunt laid down by Jeremy Hellickson. Peter Bourjos then singled and stole second base, before Odrubel Herrera struck out. Phillies take the lead, 3-2.
- That was all of the scoring, and this game ended 20 minutes before 10pm. Phillies win, 3-2.
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- In case you missed it, both Ross Ohlendorf and Bryan Price were suspended in the aftermath of the beanball game Wednesday night with the Pittsburgh Pirates. Price's one game suspension could not be appealed, so Jim Riggleman was in the manager's seat for this one. Ohlendorf three game suspension is pending appeal.
- So far, Tyler Holt is making a living as the "gritty, tough-as-nails" bench guy. For whatever reason, he got the nod over Jose Peraza in CF today for the bereaved Billy Hamilton. He collected a hit and made two nice plays on defense. It's easy to roll your eyes at seeing Tyler Holt in the lineup, considering he was a very long shot to even make the roster to begin with and most certainly won't be apart of The Next Great Reds Team. But Holt's earned his way here, batting .282/.317/.359 and playing very solid defense.
- Joey Votto vs. Jeremy Hellickson this season: 0-6, 5 K. This is the grossest.
- Jordan Pacheco, he of the 35 wRC+, came on to pinch hit in the 8th in a one run game. Instead of, you know, the second best position player prospect that was just called up today. Cool.
- There's still a lot of baseball to be played tonight but with the win, the Phillies could be a half game out of first in the NL East tomorrow morning. Wrap your head around that.