The Phils come from behind before finally winning on a bases-loaded walk-off single as they defeat the Reds in extra-innings, 4-3.
The Reds took the lead in the first as, with the bases loaded, via singles by lead-off man Zack Cozart and Drew Stubbs, with Cozart stopping at second base, and a walk to Ryan Ludwick, moving up both runners, and with one man out, Todd Frazier hits an RBI ground out, 5-3, knocking in Cozart, giving the Reds a 1-0 lead, while Stubbs would move up to third base. The Reds added to their lead in the sixth as, with two men on, and with nobody out, Frazier hits a two-run double, knocking in Jay Bruce, who had started the inning off with a single, then moved up to second base on Ludwick’s single, and Ludwick, who had just singled, giving the Reds a 3-0 lead, before he moved up to third base on center fielder Laynce Nix’s fielding error. The Phils would get a run back in their half of the sixth as, with runners on second and third, and with nobody out, Nix hits a sacrifice fly, knocking in Ryan Howard, who had started the inning off with a walk, then stopped at third base on Dom Brown’s double, cutting the Reds’ lead down to 3-1, while sending Brown, who had just doubled, up to third base. One batter later, the Phils made it a 3-2 lead as, with a man now on third, and with one man out, Erik Kratz hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Brown. The Phils then tied the game up at three-all in the eighth as, with the bases loaded, via singles by Brown, pinch hitter John Mayberry, Jr., sending Brown up to second base, and Kratz, sending Brown to third base, and moving Mayberry up to second base, and with one man out, pinch hitter Jimmy Rollins hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Brown, who crossed the plate sliding face first, as he beat the throw to the plate. After being turned back in both the ninth and tenth innings, the Phils would finally win the game in the eleventh as, with the bases loaded, via singles to Kevin Frandsen, a double by Chase Utley, sending Frandsen up to third base, an intentional walk to Howard, and then a force out by Brown, as Frandsen is forced out at the plate, 3-2, for the inning’s first out, while Utley would move up to third base, and Howard would stop at second base, and with one man out, Mayberry would hits an RBI single to left, knocking in Utley with the winning run, giving the Phils a 4-3 walk-off win.
Cole Hamels received a no-decision as he pitched six innings, giving up three runs on six hits and three walks, while striking out four. B.J. Rosenberg, Phillippe Aumont (who was making his major league debut), Jonathan Papelbon and Jeremy Horst would combine for four scoreless innings, giving up just two walks (Aumont (1), Papelbon (1)) between them, while striking out three (Papelbon (1), Horst (2)). Raul Valdes (3-2, 3.14) got the win as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning. Johnny Cueto also received a no-decision as he pitched five innings plus two batters, as he gave up two runs on five hits and three walks, while striking out four. Jose Arredondo collected his eleventh hold of the season as he pitched one and two-thirds scoreless innings, giving up a walk. Sean Marshall collected his sixteenth hold of the year as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a run on a hit, while striking out two. Sam LeCure blew his first save attempt of the season as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up two hits, while striking out a batter. J.J. Hoover pitched two scoreless innings, giving up three hits and a walk. Alfredo Simon (2-2, 2.49) took the lost as he pitched a third of an inning, giving up a run on three hits and a walk.
The Phils had fourteen hits in the game, with Erik Kratz leading the team with three hits, all singles, knocking in a run, followed by Chase Utley (Single, Double), Dom Brown (Single, Double) and pinch hitter John Mayberry, Jr. (Singles, RBI) with two hits each. Kevin Frandsen (Single), Ryan Howard (Single), Laynce Nix (Single, RBI), Cole Hamels (Single) and Jimmy Rollins (Double, RBI) had the other five Phils’ hits. The Phils also had six walks in the game.
The Phils (58-67, 3rd) will start a three-games series with the Nats (77-47, 1st) with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and will start at 7:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Kyle Kendrick (6-9, 4.20), who is coming off a win against the Brewers on August 19, as he threw eight scoreless innings, giving up three scattered hits and a walk, while striking out seven, in the Phils’ 8-0 shutout. He will be going for his third straight win. The Nats will counter with Edwin Jackson (7-8, 3.69), who is coming off a lost to the Mets on August 18, as he pitched seven innings, giving up two runs on two hits and a walk, while striking out eleven, in the Nats’ 2-0 lost. He will be trying to start off the series for the Nats with a win. The Phils will be trying to get a little of payback against the Nats.