Rule 7.13 raises its ugly head for a turning point in tonight’s game.
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The Philadelphia Phillies seemingly had the Cincinnati Reds right where they wanted them, being down 6-2 after the 6th inning, but another late game comeback was not to be tonight.
The Reds get on the board right away in the 1st W/ Todd Frazier knocking in Brandon Phillips, w/ a double as Aaron Haring struggling a bit in the inning, was helped out by a tough catch of a foul ball right by the railing by Maikel Franco, to keep the damage to one run.
The Phils strike right back off of Anthony DeSclafani, after a Ben Revere triple (his 5th of the season), followed by a productive out by Jeff Francoeur. A double w/ 2 outs by the red hot and apparently clutch Franco plates Chase Utley who also doubled, to take the lead.
Both pitchers took back control of the game the next 3 frames until the top of the 5th when the Reds tie it up on a Skip Schumaker walk to start the inning – never a good thing to do – a sacrifice that turned into an infield single by DeSclafani, another bunt by Billy Hamilton and a double by Phillips that probably should have scored two, but only ties the game.
Then a big turning point in the game happened when what was an easy out at home, on a heads up play by Freddy Galvis, and the 2nd out of the inning, gets overturned by replay and rule 7.13, as they say that Carlos Ruiz blocked the plate and tagged the runner, even though it was a force play. The letter of the law gives the Reds the lead. Then a DP ball, after going 3-0 to Jay Bruce, ends what could have been a disastrous inning, but the momentum had swung the Reds way.
The next inning was not much better for Harang starting w/ 2 one out walks, a sac bunt by DeSclafani, followed by a two run single for the pesky Hamilton, and then yet another RBI hit for Phillips, chasing Harang from the game w/ a 4 run deficit, giving up 5 ER in 5.2 innings, walking a season high 5 batters. Jake Diekman came on to end the madness, holding that line for Harang.
DeSclafani would only give up two hits the rest of the way but The Phightin’s try again for some late inning magic in the 8th on a single by Ruiz, a walk by Cesar Hernandez, DeSclafani’s last batter, and then an RBI double by Revere, and a sac fly by Utley to get back to w/i 2 runs.
Aroldis Chapman bounces back from last night, throwing over 100 MPH on 7 of his 14 pitches, striking out the side to end the ballgame and the series.
The San Francisco Baseball Giants come to town tomorrow for a 3 game set: Tim Lincecum Vs Jerome Williams @ 7:05
Freddy Galvis has now gone 25 AB’s w/o a hit going back to his next to last AB May 26th.
Cody Asche ends a 7 game hitting streak which started two games before he was sent down to Lehigh Valley.
On the more positive side, Ben Revere continues his hitting comeback and was a HR away from a cycle tonight raising his average to .269
After the game Jake Diekman was sent down to Lehigh Valley. No replacement on the roster announced yet.