Wednesday, July 29, 2015

April 6 - Phillies vs. Reds

Follow this afternoon's game between the Phillies and Reds.

April 6 - Phillies vs. Reds

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Phillies lose, 8-2.

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Brad Lidge made his Phillies debut in the eighth inning and retired the side in order. He hit 94 mph on the radar gun with his fastball. He got Ken Griffey Jr. to strike out swinging at an 84 mph breaking ball.

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The Phillies imploded in the sixth inning as the Reds scored four runs against Clay Condrey to take an 8-1 lead. Condrey walked the leadoff hitter then flipped a ball over Ryan Howard's head at first base after a bunt to put runners on first and second (it was ruled a hit, but could have been ruled an error). Jeff Keppinger then singled to center to score both runners. Keppinger should had a single, but Jimmy Rollins failed to cover second base and Keppinger cruised into second, making it a double. Condrey intentionally walked Ken Griffey Jr. and Brandon Phillips reached on a slow roller down the third-base line to load he bases with no outs. Adam Dunn singled to center to make it 7-1 and another run scored on Edwin Encarnacion's double play.

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The Phillies had runners on first and second with one out in the sixth, but couldn't score. Brett Myers is out of the game, too. His line: five innings eight hits, four runs, three walks, four strikeouts and two home runs. That is not what the Phillies expected when they made him the Opening Day starter.

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Brett Myers gave up another run in the fourth, but the Phillies have scored a run in the fifth to make it 4-1.

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Brett Myers struggled in his season debut Monday against the Nationals at Citizens Bank Park, so he would like to come out today and dominate the Reds.

So far that hasn't happened. He allowed a two-run homer to Ken Griffey Jr. in the first inning to hand the Reds a 2-0 lead and a solo homer to Jeff Keppinger in the third inning to make it 3-0. Meanwhile, Reds righthander Edinson Volquez has allowed just two hit through four innings.

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