The bullpen once again let the Phils down as they lose to the Reds, 5-4.

The Phils’ bullpen is once again unable to hold down the opposition in the late innings, as the Phils drop one to the Reds, 5-4.

The Phils took the lead in the first as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Ryan Howard hits an RBI single, knocking in Jimmy Rollins, who had started the inning off by reaching first base on second baseman Brandon Phillips’ fielding error, then stopping at third base on Chase Utley’s single, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead, while sending Utley, who had just singled, over to third base. The Reds would tied the game up at one-all in the seventh as, with two men on, and with nobody out, Ryan Hanigan hits an RBI single, scoring Scott Rolen, who had started the inning off with a double, while sending Todd Frazier, who had just walked, up to second base, before he moved on to third base on Howard’s missed catch error, while Hanigan would move up to second base. Two batters later, with one man out, the Reds took the lead as Zack Cozart hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Frazier, giving the Reds a 2-1 lead. The Reds then took a 3-1 lead as Drew Stubbs hits an RBI single, knocking in Hanigan. The Phils tied the game up at three-all in their half of the seventh as, with the bases loaded, via a single by Kevin Frandsen, a double by Erik Kratz, sending Frandsen up to third base, and a walk to pinch hitter Ty Wigginton, and with one man out, Rollins hits a two-run double, knocking in Frandsen and Kratz, and sending Wigginton up to third base. The Phils then tried to retake the lead as Juan Pierre attempted a suicide squeeze bunt up the first base line, which is quickly scooped up by pitcher Sean Marshall, who then threw home to force out Wigginton for a fielder’s choice out, 1-2, as catcher Hanigan applied the tag, for the inning’s second out, as Rollins moved up to third base, and Pierre was safe at first. The Red retook the lead in the eighth as, with two men out, Frazier hits a solo home run, his eighteenth home run of the season, giving the Reds a 4-3 lead. The Phils retied the game at four-all in their half of the eighth as, with one man on, and with two men out, Frandsen hits an RBI triple, knocking in Dom Brown, who had just singled. The Reds regain the lead in the ninth as Cozart hits a lead-off home run, his fourteenth home run of the season, giving the Reds a 5-4 lead. That would end up being the final score as Aroldis Chapman collected his thirtieth save of the year as he threw a scoreless ninth, striking out Utley, swinging, for the game’s final out, with the tying run on third base.

Cliff Lee received a no-decision as he pitched six and two-thirds innings, giving up three runs, only two of which were earned, on nine hits and a walk, while striking out nine. B.J. Rosenberg pitched a third of an inning, striking out a batter. Antonio Bastardo pitched an inning, giving up a run on a hit and a walk, while striking out two. Jonathan Papelbon (3-5, 2.86) took the lost as he pitched an inning, giving up a run on a hit, while striking out one. Homer Bailey also received a no-decision as he went six and a third innings, giving up three runs, two of which were earned, on seven hits, while he struck out six. Sean Marshall blew his fourth save attempt of the year as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a hit and a walk. Jonathan Broxton blew his sixth save attempt of the season before getting the win (3-3, 3.02) as he pitched an inning, giving up a run on two hits and a walk. Aroldis Chapman received his thirtieth save of the year as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out two.

The Phils had eleven hits in the game, with Kevin Frandsen (2 Singles, Triple, RBI) leading the team with three hits, followed by Jimmy Rollins (Single, Double, 2 RBIs) and Chase Utley (Singles) with two hits apiece. Ryan Howard (Single, RBI), Dom Brown (Single), Erik Kratz (Double) and pinch hitter Placido Polanco (Single) had the other four Phils’ hits. The Phils also had two walks and two stolen bases (Rollins (21 & 22)) in the game.

The Phils (57-66, T-3rd East) continue their series with the Reds (75-49, 1st Central) with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park, and is to start at 7:05 pm. The Phils will send to the mound Vance Worley (6-8, 4.11), who is coming off a lost to the Brewers on August 17, as he pitched just four and two-thirds innings, giving up four runs on seven hits and three walks, while striking out three, in the Phils’ 6-2 lost. Worley will be trying to get back to his winning form. The Reds will counter with Bronson Arroyo (9-7. 3.96), who will be coming off a win against the Cubs on August 17, as he went six and a third innings, giving up three runs on nine hits and three walks, while striking out three, in the Reds’ 7-3 win. He will be gunning for his tenth win of the season. The Phils will be trying to win their fourth game in five days.

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