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The Phillies opened up the 2016 being swept by the Cincinnati Reds. Ever since that opening series, the Phillies are 22-13. They returned home to Citizens Bank Park in hopes to revenge their opening series of 2016 against the Reds.
Friday night’s matchup saw Phillies Jeremy Hellickson take the mound against the Reds starter Brandon Finnegan. Cincinnati started the offense in the top of the second inning when they scored two runs off of a fielding error by Tyler Goeddel. Goeddel shortly redeemed himself with a two run triple in the bottom of the fourth inning. He shortly scored the go ahead run thanks to a safety squeeze from the bat of Hellickson. That would be the only runs scored for the rest of the game and the Phillies would come out on top, 3-2.
Saturday was another back and forth affair with Aaron Nola starting for the Phillies. The Reds once again took an early lead in the first inning with a sacrifice fly from Brandon Phillips. The Phillies tied it in the fourth inning with an RBI double from Ryan Howard. Odubel Herrera and Cesar Hernandez gave the Phillies the lead in the fifth inning with an RBI from each. The Reds would not quit and brought the game back to within one run in the seventh inning when Adam Duvall doubled, scoring Phillips. The Phillies answered back in their part of the frame when Herrera hit a solo homerun, his fourth of the year. The Phillies went into the ninth inning with a 4-2 lead. With Jeanmar Gomez unavailable, David Hernandez came in for the save. With two runners on, Duvall’s bat doubled in his second run of the game. With the score now 4-3 with one out and runners on second and third base, Reds Jordan Pacheco hit a fly ball to Goeddell in left field. With Jay Bruce at third, he tug up to attempt to tie the game. Goeddel threw a laser shot to catcher Cameron Rupp. Rupp was then collided with Bruce, but held on to the ball and the win for Philadelphia. The Phillies dramatically took another one-run game, 4-3.
With the sweep in sight, Philadelphia sent Adam Morgan to the mound. Morgan would unfortunately struggle. He gave up seven runs in just 3.2 innings. With a 7-0 lead in four innings, the Reds would cruise to a victory, salvaging a game in the series. Reds starter Dan Strally pitched strong five innings without giving up a run. The Phillies would chip away at the Reds bullpen and score four runs, but it was not enough as they fell to the Reds 9-4.
The Phillies hope to gain more ground in the NL East as they welcome the Miami Marlins to Philadelphia. The first game of the series is Monday at 7:05pm at Citizens Bank Park.