Fast Facts And Reax: Reds 1, Phillies 0
Play resumed after suspension.
WP: Aroldis Chapman (2-0, 0.00 ERA)
LP: Phillippe Aumont (1-2, 2.70 ERA)
After an 18 hour, 30 minute wait, resolution needed just 10 minutes more.
Phillippe Aumont, getting the ball at 5:30 p.m. today when yesterday’s suspended game resumed with the start of the bottom of the ninth, letfour straight batters reach, the decisive blow being an RBI single off the bat of Jay Bruce.
And so was the Phillies’ second walk-off loss this week, 1-0, to the Cincinnati Reds, just over an hour before they take the field for Game 3.
It was Aumont’s first surrendered run so far.
He could’ve gotten help from Ben Revere, who lost a Brandon Phillips line drive in the sun and dropped what should’ve been the first out of the frame.
And the quiet bats could’ve done him and Kyle Kendrick well to have gotten going last night – maybe making Jonathan Papelbon the go-to option to start the ninth.
But Aumont needed to be better. He wasn’t.
He’s now taken 2 losses on this road trip, with his first big-league win coming against Miami.
He’s allowed his first batter to reach in 3 of 5 appearances this season, and walked a batter in 4 of 5.
Kendrick (1-1, 3.38) was phenomenal tonight.
He surrendered just 2 hits in 7 scoreless innings, with 4 strikeouts and 2 walks, making for the second straight start in which he’s gone 6 or more and allowed 2 or fewer.
Had he gotten the chance to get Royals first baseman Billy Butler with 2 outs and the bases loaded in the home opener, the count could’ve been 3, in 3 starts.
Same as his last time out, Kendrick’s best inning of the night was his last, an 8-pitch, 1-2-3 seventh. He retired straight batters in 4 of 7 frames tonight.
Kendrick’s changeup and sinker worked well for him tonight, as 12 of 21 outs he got were groundouts. Of the 25 batters he faced, 16 saw first-pitch strikes.
He entered the night with a .480/.519/.720 line so far against lefties, but such hitters (Choo, Votto, Bruce, Paul) went 0 for 12 against him tonight.
Things to expect from your No. 3 starter if Roy Halladay falters, and No. 4 if he holds up.
The Other Guy
As good as Kendrick was, Homer Bailey (1-1, 3.32) was better.
He fanned 10 Phillies to tie a career high. Each of the 3 previous times he struck out 10, he needed at least 112 pitches.
He did it in 89 tonight, with 59 going for strikes, and 18 of 25 batters getting first-pitch strikes.
Two hits. No walks. Retired 20 in a row through the eighth. Remarkable.
His first 2 starts resulted in a 15-0 win over the Nationals and 10-0 loss to the Cardinals, so this was, to say the least, different.
Bats in the Cave
As it stands, the only ones to muster hits were Chase Utley and Michael Young – the only 2 of tonight’s starters hitting over .250 so far.
The entire starting lineup was rung up at least once, with Jimmy Rollins and Laynce Nix being fanned twice each.
The Phillies have yet to score a run through 5 innings on this road trip (5 games).
Charlie Manuel twice passed on using Mike Adams after the eighth inning of a tie game, instead tapping the Antonio Bastardo and Phillippe Aumont in the ninth.
The left-handed Bastardo entered with 2 of 3 Reds due up in the seventh being righties. Aumont and Adams both throw right-handed.
Bastardo needed just 14 pitches for a 1-2-3 frame. He’s yet to allow a run in 6 innings over 6 appearances.
Aumont began warming for the ninth, before the skies opened. Since he was already penned in the lineup, he couldn’t have been pulled today and used later.
On Monday, Manuel in the same spot went to Horst, who was charged with the 2 deciding runs after lasting just one out.
Erik Kratz, John Mayberry and Ben Revere milked 17 pitches out of Aroldis Chapman in the ninth, but went down, 1-2-3, with Kratz and Revere striking out. Mayberry got around on a 98 m.p.h. four-seamer, but Todd Frazier made a full extension grab and putout at third.
Also: The last time the Phillies were tied, 0-0, after nine innings was April 18, 2012, when Cliff Lee went 10 scoreless innings in a no-decision, 1-0 loss to the Giants.
Next: LHP John Lannan (0-0, 2.77 ERA) and RHP Mike Leake (0-0, 6.75 ERA) at 7:00 p.m.