Phillies Lose Series to Reds

The Philadelphia Phillies lose two of three against the Cincinnati Reds at Citizens Bank Park. After a Game 1 loss with quiet bats, they seemed to come alive in Game 2. Game 3 they died again. What happened?

Game 1 (Andrew Abbot vs Cristopher Sanchez)

Things started off great for the Phillies with a 2 RBI double by Alec Bohm giving the Phillies a 2-0 lead after 1 inning. The Phillies bats died from there. In the 6th, the Reds tied the game with a pair of RBI singles by Christian Encarnacion-Strand and Jeimer Candelario. The game went into extras where Phillies pitcher, Connor Brogdon, took the loss after surrendering a Grand Slam homerun to Reds Left Fielder, Spencer Steer. The Phillies scored one in the bottom of the 10th, while brining the tying run to the plate but couldn’t get it done. Cristopher Sanchez went 5 innings giving up 2 runs with 8 strikeouts. Connor Brogdon unfortunately was designated for assignment the next day.

Game 2 (Spencer Turnbull vs Graham Ashcraft)

Bryce Harper got things started in the first inning with a solo homer to center ending his hitless streak. Reds CF Will Benson tied things in the 3rd with an RBI double. Bryce Harper solo homered AGAIN giving the Phillies a 2-1 lead after 4 innings. That bats exploded in the 6th, 7th and 8th innings. Trea Turner scored on a throwing error in the 6th inning putting the Phillies up 3-1. In the 7th, Schwarber had an RBI single scoring Brandon Marsh. Bryce Harper stepped to the plate with base loaded and hit a 422 foot GRAND SLAM to right center.

Marsh homered in the 8th as the Phillies went on to take a 9-4 victory. Spencer Turnbull got the win allowing zero runs and zero walks. He also had 5 strikeouts giving up 5 hits.

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Game 3 (Zack Wheeler vs Frankie Montas)

With heavy rains causing a 7 hour delay, the initially slated 1pm game started about 8pm. The Reds kicked things off in the third when Christian Encarnacion-Strand doubled to left scoring Jonathan India and Nick Martini. They added another run in the 6th pushing their lead to 3. In the bottom half of the inning, Kyle Schwarber hit a solo home run for the Phillies lone run. The Phillies lost 4-1 as the lifeless bats and inability to play small ball have seemingly carried over from previous seasons.

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Freddy Burns
Freddy Burns

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