Thursday, July 19, 2012

Phillips, Reds rally from six-run deficit to earn split with Diamondbacks

BP had a huge game to lead the Reds.
The Reds (52-40) were able to overcome a six run deficit to beat the Diamondbacks (44-48) by a score of 7-6 on Thursday afternoon, earning a series split. The Redlegs were down 6-0 after the top of the sixth, but put together a three-run sixth, and a four-run seventh to jump out in front and eventually take the victory.

The comeback took Cincinnati starter Mike Leake off the hook, after a poor outing in which he gave up six earned runs in 5.1 innings. D’backs lefty Joe Saunders put together a quality start with six innings of three-run baseball, but did not factor in the decision either.

In Joey Votto's absence, Brandon Phillips led the charge and provided much of the muscle for the Reds, as they moved into a 1/2 game lead in the NL Central, pending tonight’s games.

The Good
-The aforementioned DatdudeBP finished 2-4, with a three-run home run (11), a two-run double and two runs scored, bringing his season total to 55 RBI.
-Todd Frazier drove in Phillips for the go-ahead run with a single in the seventh.
-Drew Stubbs and Wilson Valdez both scored two runs, while Xavier Paul scored his first run for the Reds.
-Alfredo Simon (W 2-1, 1.46) earned the win with 1.2 innings of scoreless work. Logan Ondrusek (0.2ip) and Sean Marshall (0.1ip) combined for a scoreless inning of relief.
-Aroldis Chapman struck out two more batters in the ninth to pick up his 15th save.

The Bad
-As mentioned, Leake had a bad showing. He gave up six earned runs on 11 hits and a walk, including two homers. He struck out two in his 5.1 innings.
-Minus the RBI-hits from Phillips and Frazier, the Reds had just three other hits.
-Jay Bruce was 0-for-4, lowering his average to just .240. Miguel Cairo also went 0-for-4, leaving his average at a paltry .137 for the year.
-It was very bad early as the Reds were being no-hit into the fifth inning, but after that there really wasn’t much more unpleasantness that occurred for Cincinnati, as they went on to come from behind and win.

Notables
-The last time the Reds climbed out of a six-run hole was May 21, 2007, when they rallied to beat the Nationals 8-7.
-After a slight rain delay, the game finished with a game time of two hours and 51 minutes on a cool 76-degree day. 21,620 fans were in attendance.
-Homer Bailey (8-6, 3.93) will lead the Reds into battle Friday night as they welcome Marco Estrada (0-3, 4.13) and the Brewers to Great American Ball Park at 7:10pm EST.

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