Monday, August 20, 2012

Reds receive no love in Philly, fall 12-5

It's pretty unusual to go this deep into the season without meeting another team within your league, but such was the case for the Reds (74-49) and Phillies (57-65) on Monday. And after the 12-5 whipping the Redlegs took at Citizens Bank Park, I'd say they would have been just fine with not seeing the Phils in 2012. The defeat marked their seventh straight against the club from The City of Brotherly Love.

Mike Leake (5-8) made the start for the visitors and was promptly treated to an offensive assault en route to his eighth loss of the year. Philadelphia's Roy Halladay (7-7) opposed and didn't exactly light up the pitching box score, but he pitched well enough to earn the victory for himself. Juan Pierre, a player rumored to be sought after by the Reds at the trade deadline, pounded out three hits, scored three runs, stole a pair (31) and drove in a run to pace the Phillies.

Here's a breakdown of the good, bad and notables on the affair:

The Good:
+ The Reds are still in six games nonetheless.
+ Philly pitching couldn't find a way to retire Jay Bruce -- at the plate that is. The left-hander was 3-3 with a double (31), a walk and two RBI (78). He was caught stealing though.
+ Todd Frazier made his presence felt with a pinch-hit single.
+ Chris Heisey took advantage of a rare start with a 3-4 showing. He scored a run, doubled (15) and picked up his 23rd RBI.
+ Brandon Phillips had a two-hit night to raise his average to .289 on the campaign. He also scored a couple of runs.

The Bad:
- Leake hit the showers after just 4.1 IP. He coughed up 10 hits and seven runs (all earned) to balloon his ERA to 4.59. All in all, it wasn't a good game to be a Reds pitcher. Details coming...
- The usually-reliable bullpen was knocked around as well. The combination of Sam LeCure, Jose Arredondo and Logan Ondrusek combined to surrender five runs, five hits and three walks in just 3.2 innings.
- Xavier Paul got the starting nod in left and rewarded Dusty's decision with a hitless night at the dish. He fanned twice.
- Cincy pitching allowed 15 hits and 12 runs. You're not going to win many ball games like that.

The Notables:
+ The Reds fall to 24-11 since Joey Votto landed on the disabled list.
+ They are a MLB-best 27-11 since the All-Star Game, and have still won eight of 11 overall.
+ Up next: The two teams will clash again on Tuesday as the Reds trot out Homer Bailey (10-8, 4.16) to oppose Philly's Cliff Lee (2-7, 3.83). You can catch all the action beginning at 7:05et.

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