This game between the Philadelphia Phillies and the Cincinnati Reds looked like it was going to a Great American Bandbox night, w/ game time temps starting in the mid 50’s but w/ the wind blowing hard R to L, and a threat of rain, as both teams used long balls in the 1st.
Maikel Franco blasted one through the 25 MPH wind, w/2 outs, for a 2 run shot, , to get Phillies on the board, scoring Odubel Herrera who laid down a perfect bunt w/2 outs ….. but no SDI for Aaron Nola as Eugenio Suarez used the wind for a one out solo shot to LF, but he settled down, and a nice running catch by Herrara ended the inning.
As the rain ebbed and flowed, both pitchers took control and no runs were scored until the Reds final AB in the 9th.
Nola, who set down 11 in a row at one point, really mixed up the pitches. He featured a pushing 90’s FB w/ movement and a wicked hook in the mid 70’s, and in the latter times through the order added some change-ups. Aaron went a Solid Seven innings – 95 pitches, 73 for strikes, 8ks, 4 hits, one ER. Nice work by Pete Mackanin to give him that extra inning.
Reds pitcher Brandon Finnegan was just as good, but left the game after 6 having struck out 9, only giving up 3 hits, 86 pitches – 54 for strikes, 2 ER on the 1st inning HR to Franco.
Top 7 the Phils had something going after a one out double by Cameron Rupp, and Cedric Hunter PH for Tyler Goeddel, getting his 1st MLB start, flopped one to shallow CF but the speedy Billy Hamilton ran it down to end the inning foiling the Phillies once again.
Mackanin put David Hernandez right back on the horse in the 8th and he held the Reds 1-2-3 style.
Dalier Hinojosa was called upon to save this one but could not get the job done, loading the bases and then giving up the walk-off hit to Scott Shebler.
Nobody told the Bullpen .
Yes it is only two games, but the one real nice positive is the excellent starts by Nola tonight and Jeremy Hellickson in the opener. Unfortunately except for the long balls by Franco tonight and Freddy Galvis on Monday the Phillies bats have been pretty weak, and 2 runs is just not going to cut it in a hitters park like this even on a non hitters night. Mackanin has his work cut out for him w/ this pen. In his defense he really does not know what he has yet as far as getting it done in the bigs.
Only time will tell whether this will be figured out sooner, later, or not at all.
Matinee tomorrow w/ RH Charlie Morton makes his Phillies debut against RHP Robert Stephenson, the Reds’ first-round pick in the 2011 draft, making his major-league debut.
On a personal note, thanks once again to Pattisonave.Com for allowing me to return, and I hope to do more work here, w/ some irregular features on the Reading Fightin Phils, and even putting some time in in the newly started Soccer area of the site, lead by our new scribe
Type at you all again next week.