“It’s very cliche to say it, but any time you’re alongside a name like that, it’s an honor, it’s meaningful,” Votto said to MLB.com’s Robert Bondy and Andy Call.
“Boy he had a great game,” added Reds manager Bryan Price of Votto to MLB.com. “He really set the table in the first inning by getting the walk. Brandon [Phillips] and Joey each getting the game going with two walks and sets the stage for Jay Bruce’s hit, an RBI, and [Zack] Cozart with the three-run homer, which gave us a nice early cushion.”
This was the second straight week that the Reds gave Phillies starter Aaron Harang more than he could handle. This time was a season-high seven earned runs on seven hits in six innings, while also giving up four of the Red’s fives home runs, matching his season total of home runs allowed.
“The first-inning walks killed me. That’s what got me. I was too tentative, picking at the corner,” said Harang, who’s ERA jumped 59 points (2.45 to 3.04), but his batting average jumped 76 points (0.91 to .167) thanks to two singles on the night.
On the other side, Reds rookie Anthony DeSclafani was able to hold the Phils to just two runs despite allowing 1o hits in his 6 1/3 innings of work. The rookie improved to 5-4 on the season with a 3.53 ERA.
The Phillies have now lost 14 of 18 to fall 16 games below .500 (22-38).
“We got off to a rough start in this one,” Philadelphia manager Ryne Sandberg said to MLB.com. “We need to play solid games and put some games together.”
The only bright spot for the Phillies right now is Franco, who continued his torrid June with a double to left leading off the second inning. Franco, batting .469 (15-for-32) with five doubles and four home runs since June 2. He finished 2-for-3 on the night.
The Phillies will try to find relief from Jerome Williams, who will try to pick up his second win since April 26 when he faces off with Jon Moscot, who is making the second start of his career
Wednesday’s series finale at Grate American Ball Park will have a first pitch at 12:35 p.m.