Phillies-Reds Series Recap

Game 1

In his Phillies’ career, very few times has the offense bailed out Roy Halladay. In game 1 of this series, the offense did exactly that.  After Halladay blew two leads,  the offense came alive in the 5th inning.  Down 5-3,  Juan Pierre singled with one out.  Chase Utley then doubled to center to score Pierre and cut the deficit to 1.  Ryan Howard was then intentionally walked to get to John Mayberry Jr.  Mayberry didn’t stink this time and singled to left center to score Utley.  The next batter Dom Brown, who has struggled in the extra base department, ripped a double to right, scoring two and sending Reds starter Mike Leake to the showers.  Jose Arredondo, loser to Wilson Valdez in the 19th inning gem a few years back,  gave up three runs in the 6th inning on a Chase Utley sac fly and John Mayberry Jr. two run home run.   The Phillies finished with 12 runs and 15 hits.  Roy Halladay went 7 innings, giving up five earned runs,  but picked up the win.

Game 2

Zack Cozart hit Jonathan Papelbon’s first pitch of the ninth inning into the left field seats to give the Reds a 5-4 win. Phillies’ starter Cliff Lee pitched very well before getting into trouble in the 6th and 7th inning.   In the 6th inning,  Lee gave up three consecutive singles to open the inning. Ryan Ludwick then hit a rocket to Kevin Frandsen, who dove to his left, got up and threw out Cozart at home.  Lee then got Jay Bruce to ground into a double play to end the inning.  The wheels fell off for Cliff in the 7th.  Scott Rolen doubled to lead off the inning, followed by Tom Rivers’ own Todd Frazier with a walk.  Ryan Hanigan tied the game at 1 with an RBI single. Lee, running on fumes, struck out Reds’ pitcher Homer Bailey, but gave up a sac fly to Zack Cozart to give the Reds their first lead of the game.  Drew Stubbs added on to Lee’s misery with a RBI single to give the Reds a 3-1 lead, the end of Lee’s night. The Phillies fought back in their half of the 7th.   Kevin Frandsen, doing his best to take Polanco’s job, singled with one out.  Mr. Extra Base Hit Machine, Erik Kratz, doubled to put runners at 2nd and 3rd.  Reds’ lefty Sean Marshall replaced Homer Bailey to face Laynce Nix, but Nix was replaced by Ty Wiggington. Wigginton worked a walk that set up a bases loaded situation for Jimmy Rollins.  Rollins, hitting .175 in the month,  doubled to tie the game at 3.   The next batter Juan Pierre tried to a squeeze bunt to score Wigginton, but Ty was thrown out at the plate.    After Utley lined out to end the inning, Antonio Bastardo came in to keep the score tied.  He didn’t. Little League World Series hero Todd Frazier hit a home run to give the Reds another  lead.   Jonathan Broxton came in the bottom half of the 8th to be the bridge to Chapman.  Broxton, who loves giving up leads to the Phillies, couldn’t possibly do it again right?   He walked Ryan Howard to lead off the inning, who was quickly pinch ran for with Michael Martinez.   John Mayberry Jr., then went Buzz Killington on Phillies fans by grounding into a double play.  Of course, Dom Brown then singled to make people even more upset at John Mayberry.  And then, Broxton happened.  Kevin Frandsen, doing an even better job of trying to take Polanco’s job, tripled to right to tie the score at 4.  2008, 2009, 2010,2012. But……in the 9th, Papelbon was even more Buzz Killington than Mayberry when he gave up a home run to Cozart.  The Phillies actually had a chance off of Chapman in the 9th, but Charlie decided to put an end to that.   After Placido Polanco had an infield single to lead off the inning, Manuel made Rollins bunt? Polanco was thrown out as 2nd.   Rollins stole second and third, but Chapman threw a 102 MPH fastball by Chase Utley to end the game.

Game 3

Bronson Arroyo, who’s been terrible against the Phillies, threw into the ninth inning as the Reds topped the Phillies 3-2. Arroyo had a perfect game going into the 5th inning until  Domonic Brown homered for the first time this season.  Brown, who also doubled in the game, had two of the Phillies four hits. Down 2-1 in the 8th inning, the Phillies brought in Josh Lindblom to keep the score right there. He didn’t.  Jay Bruce hit a solo home run, which turned out to be the game winner.  In the 9th,  Ty Wiggington knocked in Kevin Frandsen to make it 3-2 with one out off of Chapman.  Chase Utley flew out to center and Ryan Howard lined out to left to end the game.   The Phillies’ had an opportunity to score in the 8th inning as Dom Brown led off with a double.  A Scott Rolen error allowed the next batter, Polanco, to reach base.  With one out and runners at first and second, Charlie allowed Brian Schneider, who stinks, to hit, instead of Erik Kratz.   Schneider, proceed to ground into a spectacular double play. Cozart, running to his left, flipped the ball to Brandon Phillips, who grabbed it with a bare hand, and spun to throw out Schneider at first.

Game 4

John Mayberry Jr., hit a walk off single in the 11th inning as the Phillies tried to their best to make this game as agonizing as possible for their fans.  In the 9th, the Phillies loaded the bases with one out, but Dom Brown grounded into a double play.  In the 10th,  the Phils had 2nd and 3rd with one out. but Brian Schneider grounded out to third and then Juan Pierre popped out.  Mayberry picked up all this teammates  though by coming through in the 11th to give the Phils a split in the series.  The pitching matchup was a great one as it matched Cole Hamels vs. Johnny Cueto.  Both vying for a Cy Young, didn’t pitch great in their outings.  Hamels throw over 30 pitches in the first as the Reds scored a run on a  Todd Frazier ground out.  Frazier added two more runs in the 6th on a double to center.   The Phils made their comeback in the bottom half of that inning.  Ryan Howard led off with a walk and advanced to third on a dobule by Dom Brown.  Cueto was pulled for Jose Arredono, who gave up back to back sac flies to Laynce Nix and Erik Kratz.  Phillipe Amount, acquired in the Cliff Lee trade to Seattle, made his major debut and pitched a scoreless 8th inning.   In the bottom of that inning, the Phils made their comeback.  With out, Brown, Mayberry and Kratz all singled to load the bases for Rollins.   Rollins hit a sac fly to left to score Brown and tie the game at 3.  The Phillies bullpen threw five shut out innings, not allowing a hit.  Raul Valdes picked up a win as Alfredo Simon took the loss.

Notes:

Glad to see Dom Brown start to hit the ball with power.

Antonio Bastardo…so what do they do with him?

Dom Brown has a hose. Don’t test it.

+1 for me for not mentioning a Mike Leake Macy’s joke.

Here’s to hoping Kevin Frandsen and Erik Kratz get backup jobs next season. They deserve it.

I remember watching Todd Frazier in the Little League World Series way back when. Go New Jersey.  Just for the record, New Jersey and PA are tied with 4 World Series wins a piece.

Scott Rolen- BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

That’s crazy about Jonathan Broxton.  The names may change, but this team still owns that guy.

Aroldis Chapman is awesome to watch.

Brian Schneider is not good.  He should have never batted in the 8th inning on Wednesday.

Just shut down Worley already. It’s clear that his bone chips are still bothering him.

Two tough 1 run losses.  With a bullpen fix, these don’t happen last year.

The Phillies 2013 8th inning set up is currently on the Reds roster.  Hint- He’s a former Phillie.

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