Tyler Cloyd's third start of the season was one to forget. Cloyd, a Red Sox fan at heart, faced a franchise that he grew up with. However, they didn't give him an easy time.
In the bottom of the first, Jacoby Ellsbury singled and was later brought home by Dustin Pedroia, making it a 2-0 ballgame. Later in the inning, Mike Napoli took Cloyd deep for a solo homer to right center field.
In the top of the third, Erik Kratz put the Phillies on the board with a solo shot to right field, his fifth homer of the season.
The bottom of the inning would be Tyler Cloyd's last. After David Ortiz doubled, he was sent home on a ground-rule double from Napoli. Stephen Drew singled to score Napoli making it 5-1. After Jarrod Saltalamacchia singled, Cloyd got the hook, and in came Michael Stutes. One more run would score in the inning, Ellsbury doubled to bring home Drew. 6-1 Sox.
Cloyd went just 2.1 innings allowing 6 earned runs on nine hits, walking one and striking out two.
In the bottom of the fifth with Stutes still in, two more runs would score for the Red Sox. Drew singled and Mike Carp doubled, both were brought home by a single from Saltalamacchia.
After 2.1 innings, Mike Stutes was replaced by Jeremy Horst. Stutes allowed just two runs, one earned, on four hits, striking out two.
Horst pitched a solid inning and 1/3, allowing one hit, walking one, and striking out three. Antonio Bastardo followed with a perfect bottom of the seventh.
In the top of the eighth with Delmon Young on base, Domonic Brown launched a two-run homer to right field, making it an 8-3 ballgame.
In the bottom of the inning, Mike Adams struggled greatly with his location, walking three in the inning, one of which brought home a run making it a 9-3 game. Justin De Fratus came in with two outs and retired the side with a groundout.
Ben Revere singled to lead off the top of the ninth, but three quick outs later, the Red Sox won it 9-3.
Tomorrow night, Cliff Lee and Ryan Dempster will square off at 7:10.
Good news, the bullpen is about to get a little stronger.
With Phillippe Aumont's recent struggles, he was sent down to AAA Lehigh Valley after tonight's ballgame, per Todd Zolecki. This season, Aumont is facing a 4.15 ERA, and has allowed six earned runs on 17 hits in 13 innings pitched. He has also walked ten and struck out 15. A corresponding move will be made on Friday, but it seems that Mike Stutes is the obvious choice.
This season in Lehigh Valley, Mike Stutes has been excellent. In 20 games and 27 innings pitched, Stutes' ERA sits at 3.33. He has allowed 10 runs to score all season, walking 11 and striking out 25. However, in the past ten games, Stutes has allowed just one run to score. The Phillies are losing a sub-par righty in Aumont, but they're gaining a strong righty in Stutes.
The Phillies were looking to snap a four-game losing streak tonight, and that wouldn't be too difficult of a task with a sharp Roy Halladay on the mound.
It didn't take very long for the Phillies to jump ahead of Jaime Garcia and the Cardinals. They scored five in the bottom of the first, here's how it all went down: Chase Utley walked, Michael Young singled, John Mayberry sent Utley home with an RBI double. Kevin Frandsen reached on an error by Ty Wigginton, Young and Mayberry score. Ben Revere tripled to center, Frandsen scored. Humberto Quintero doubled to center, Revere scored. 5-0 Phillies.
In the top of the next inning, Carlos Beltran put St. Louis on the board after sending a solo homer to right field.
The Phillies came right back and made it a 6-1 ballgame in the bottom of the second after Chase Utley singled to bring home Jimmy Rollins.
In the third, Frandsen was sent home by Quintero on an RBI single. Later, Revere came around to score on a wild pitch from Garcia.
Roy Halladay was looking like vintage Doc tonight, allowing just two runs on two hits (a home run to both Beltran and Holliday) while walking two and striking out six.
After the top of the seventh, the Phillies and Cards went into a rain delay. The game was called after a little over a half hour, and Halladay was given his second win of the season with the Phillies taking this one 8-2.
Tomorrow night at 7:05, Cliff Lee and Lance Lynn will square off in the third game of this four game series.
After a three-game sweep from the Cincinnati Reds, the Phillies started a blank slate tonight at Citizens Bank Park against the Cardinals. Cole Hamels and Adam Wainwright squared off tonight.
The Cardinals jumped ahead to a 2-0 lead in the top of the fourth after Yadier Molina doubled to score Matt Holliday and Allen Craig.
In the bottom of the sixth, the Phillies tied the ballgame with an RBI double from Freddy Galvis, then a single from Chase Utley.
It became a game of cat and mouse between the Phils and Cards. St. Louis took a 3-2 lead in the top of the seventh with an RBI single from Pete Kozma. In the bottom of the inning, the Phils tied it up again thanks to a single from Erik Kratz which brought home John Mayberry.
After seven, Hamels' evening was done. He allowed three earned runs on five hits, walking two and striking out eight. Very solid.
Mike Adams came in for the eighth inning and allowed the Cards to take a 4-3 lead after Carlos Beltran homered to left field.
In the top of the ninth, Jonathan Papelbon came in and pitched a 1-2-3 inning, sending it to the bottom of the ninth with the Cardinals up, 4-3.
The Phils threatened with men in scoring position and two outs, but Galvis ended it with a groundout to second base.
Tomorrow night at 7:05, Roy Halladay will take the mound against Jaime Garcia.
As if the Phillies' offensive struggles weren't noticeable enough, it was made clear tonight in Cincinnati. Mike Leake and John Lannan squared off tonight in what would be quite an ugly game.
John Lannan would go only 1.2 innings tonight. Lannan got the hook after allowing six earned runs on eight hits, while walking one, hitting one, and striking out one.
The first run for the Reds came in the bottom of the first on an RBI single from Brandon Phillips which scored Zack Cozart.
Five runs would score in the bottom of the second. First, Todd Frazier sent a solo homer to right field to start off the inning. Next, Mike Leake tripled and scored Devin Mesoraco. Derrick Robinson singled to bring home Leake, then Jay Bruce singled to bring home two runs. 6-0 Reds.
Raul Valdes came in for 3.1 innings tonight. He would allow five earned runs on six hits, walking one and striking out four.
In the bottom of the third, the Reds scored three. First, Mesoraco doubled to bring home Chris Heisey. Later, Philipps singled to plate Mesoraco and Leake. 9-0 Reds.
With Mike Leake on base in the fifth, Cozart homered to left field making it an 11-0 ballgame.
Chad Durbin pitched a scoreless sixth and seventh inning tonight. In the top of the eighth with John Mayberry on base, Freddy Galvis hit his first homer of the year, a liner to right field. 11-2 Reds.
11-2 would be the final tonight. The Reds sweep the Phillies in three games.
Tomorrow, the Phillies will head home and face the St. Louis Cardinals. Cole Hamels will take the mound against Adam Wainwright at 7:05.
In a continuation of last night's ballgame that was postponed due to rain, Phillippe Aumont took the hill in the bottom of the ninth against the Reds.
Zack Cozart led off the inning with a single, followed by a walk to Joey Votto. Ben Revere misplayed a fly ball in center, loading up the bases for Jay Bruce who singled to bring home the winning run.
Phillies lose, 1-0. Took about ten minutes.
Mike Leake and John Lannan tonight at 7:10 in the final game of this series.
Courtesy Jim Salisbury of CSN
Homer Bailey and Kyle Kendrick were nothing short of spectacular tonight. After an hour and twenty minute rain delay in Cincinnati, the two starters squared off, and the duel bagan.
Much like last night's ballgame, the Phillies' offense was nowhere to be found. Through EIGHT innings, the Phils had gathered two hits: a single from Michael Young in the second, and a single from Chase Utley in the fourth. Bailey went for eight innings tonight, striking out ten, a career high.
Kendrick was just as dominant against the Reds. Through seven innings, Kyle had allowed just two hits while walking two and striking out four. He tossed 106 pitches tonight, 67 for strikes.
Antonio Bastardo tossed a perfect bottom of the eighth for the Phils, striking out one. Aroldis Chapman came in for the second straight night and struck out two.
Heading into the bottom of the ninth, the rain once again forced this game into a delay. Only, this one would suspend the ballgame until tomorrow evening at 5:30.
Tomorrow night at 7:10, John Lannan and Mike Leake will wrap this series up.
Oh, and in case you were wondering:
Tomorrow's resumption is not an extension of bark in park promotion. No dogs, Reds say— Jim Salisbury (@JSalisburyCSN) April 17, 2013
We had ourselves a pitcher's duel tonight on this Jackie Robinson Day in Cincinnati between Cliff Lee and Bronson Arroyo.
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Lee, backed by some stellar offense in center field (and possibly the best play of the year), was dominating the Reds tonight. The story was the same for one Bronson Arroyo, who ran into no problems in the Phillies' lineup.
It wasn't until the seventh inning that a run would score. Unfortunately, it would be the Reds to take a 2-0 lead. Joey Votto singled, followed directly by a double from Brandon Phillips. Lee tossed a wild pitch which allowed Votto to score, and Phillips came home on a sacrifice fly from Todd Frazier. Lee wrapped up the inning with a double play, and the seventh would be his last inning.
Cliff Lee's line: 7 IP, 2 ER, 5 H, 1 BB, 4 K. He tossed 96 pitches, 70 for strikes. Lee's only walk came in the bottom of the seventh, and it was his first walk allowed this season.
In the top of the eighth, Domonic Brown singled to lead off the inning. Chase Utley came in to pinch-hit and shot a two-run homer to center field to tie the ballgame at two.
Jeremy Horst came in for the eighth inning and made it really ugly really fast. Derrick Robinson singled, followed by a double from Zack Cozart. After intentionally walking Joey Votto to load the bases, Horst would get the hook for Mike Adams.
Adams allowed a single to Phillips which scored Robinson and Cozart. Jay Bruce singled to load the bases again, but Adams made it out of the inning with a pop-up from Chris Heisey.
Aroldis Chapman came in for the top of the ninth against the Phils with a 4-2 lead. With two outs, Ryan Howard ended the ballgame by striking out on a 100 MPH fastball. Phils drop this one, 4-2.
Kyle Kendrick will take the mound tomorrow night at 7:10 against Homer Bailey and the Reds.
In the final game of this three-game series against the Marlins, Roy Halladay was able to settle down and dominate against Kevin Slowey and the Fish.
The Phillies wouldn't put a run up on the board until the sixth inning when Ryan Howard doubled, and was brought home with an RBI single from Michael Young.
The Phils had multiple chances to score, such as in the fifth when they had runners on the corners and Chad Qualls came in for the Marlins. However, the inning would end with a double play off the bat of Humberto Quintero, leaving the game at just 1-0.
Doc Halladay was looking very strong this afternoon, and had a stretch from the fourth inning to the seventh inning where he did not allow a hit. He allowed just two hits prior to the seventh, walking none and striking out two.
After Justin Ruggiano singled in the seventh, Doc walked Rob Brantly. Later, Chris Valaika singled to score Ruggiano, tying up the ballgame at one.
Eight solid innings and 87 pitches would be all for Roy Halladay. He gave up just one run on three hits, walking one and striking out two.
In the top of the ninth with one out, Laynce Nix absolutely KILLED a baseball, sending it to the second deck in right field. 2-1 Phillies.
Jonathan Papelbon came in for the bottom of the ninth, looking to close it out and give Doc his 200th career win. Paps walked Placido Polanco to lead off the inning, but closed it out beautifully sending the Phils to a 2-1 win.
Tomorrow is Jackie Robinson Appreciation day, and the Phillies will be in Cincinnati starting tomorrow for a three-game series. At 7:10, Cliff Lee and Bronson Arroyo will square off.