June 11, 2015 |
CINCINNATI - A young family walked out of the elevator and onto the field level at Great American Ball Park late last night, about a half-hour after the game. A boy held a baseball in his hand. "Which one is that?" a stadium security guard asked in the hallway that leads to the Reds' home clubhouse. "The third one!" the boy said triumphantly, raising the souvenir with one hand and high-fiving the guard with the other. He was off to deliver the ball to the hero of the night.
June 6, 2015 |
Aaron Harang is pitching for his eighth major-league team, so the Phillies' No. 2 starter has faced more than his share of former teammates. But Cincinnati, the club he opposed Thursday night at Citizens Bank Park, is the team with which he spent the prime of his career. Harang, who last pitched for the Reds in 2010, experienced success against Cincinnati in the past. He did not have any in this series finale, as he endured his worst start of an otherwise great season in the Phillies' 6-4 loss.
June 5, 2015 |
IT'S KNOWN as "The Buster Posey Rule. " And, though it's not the 2010 NLCS anymore, Buster Posey is still a thorn in the side of the Phillies. Posey, of course, was drilled at the plate by a baserunner in a May 2011 game and had his leg shattered. So the rule, which debuted last season, is appropriately named. Rule 7.13, which prohibits a catcher from blocking the plate unless he has possession of the ball, also doesn't allow a runner to deviate from his pathway to initiate contact with an opposing catcher.
June 4, 2015 |
SOMETIMES IT'S funny the way losing streaks are broken. Last night was certainly that, unless you're a member of the Cincinnati faithful. The weather was abnormal for this time of year. It was cold, wet and blustery. It felt more April than June. And the way the Phillies won was equally weird. The Phillies tallied three runs against the Reds that they probably shouldn't have in helping to snap a seasonlong, seven-game losing streak, winning, 5-4, in front of an announced crowd of 20,209.
May 20, 2014 |
TONY CINGRANI profiles as the kind of pitcher who often gives the Phillies' lineup fits. Lefthanded. Funky delivery. Or, as Ryne Sandberg put it yesterday afternoon, "Throws from his shirt-sleeve. " So when Cliff Lee took a half inning to find his rhythm and the Reds made enough of the opportunity to push two runs home, you might have felt like you were about to witness a game that you had seen many times before. Reality, however, had something else in store yesterday at Citizens Bank Park.
May 18, 2013 |
Cliff Lee pitched and hit well enough to earn a win. He had to settle for being picked up by his teammates. Eighth-inning RBIs by Domonic Brown and Carlos Ruiz broke the tie and led the Phillies to a 5-3 win over the Cincinnati Reds on Friday at Citizens Bank Park. "A comeback win like this means a lot and shows the character of this team," Brown said. With the score tied at 3-3, Michael Young drew a one-out walk in the Phillies eighth. Ryan Howard, of all players, then reached base on a check-swinging bunt that reliever Sean Marshall couldn't handle.
April 17, 2013 |
CINCINNATI - For 2 hours and 26 minutes Monday, the Phillies and Reds played sublime baseball. They exchanged dominant starting pitching, thrilling hits and breathtaking defensive plays. A 4-2 Reds victory ended when Aroldis Chapman fired a 100-m.p.h. fastball past Ryan Howard, and everyone could have used a lengthier distraction. Ben Revere wrote "PRAY For Boston" on a piece of tape, affixed it to the webbing of his glove, and made one of the most incredible catches in recent memory.
April 8, 2013 |
JOHNNY CUETO ordered three runs. His Cincinnati teammates dutifully delivered. The Reds pitcher came off the mound after the sixth inning of his start Sunday against the visiting Washington Nationals with the score tied, 3-all. "I said, 'I want three runs here. Do it for me,"' Cueto said. Todd Frazier confirmed Cueto's order. "I was screaming with him," the Cincinnati third baseman said. "He was saying it in Spanish, but we understood. " Boy, did they. The Reds scored three runs off Washington ace Stephen Strasburg on their way to a 6-3 win in what started out as a highly anticipated matchup of young aces.
December 24, 2012 |
RYAN FREEL, a former major leaguer known for his fearless play but whose career was cut short after eight seasons by a series of head and other injuries, was found dead Saturday in Jacksonville, Fla., according to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office. Freel, who was 36, died of what appeared to be a self-inflicted shotgun wound, sheriff's office spokesman Shannon Hartley wrote in an email Sunday. The medical examiner will make the final determination of the cause of death. "RIP Ryan Freel!
October 8, 2012 |
SAN FRANCISCO - Brandon Phillips still sees the highlights of his weak grounder for the final out in Roy Halladay's no-hitter of the Cincinnati Reds in an embarrassing playoff opener two years ago. Now, Phillips and the Reds have their own memorable winning playoff moment. After losing their ace, no less. Sam LeCure, Mat Latos and three other pitchers shut down San Francisco after Johnny Cueto went out in the first inning with back spasms, and Cincinnati was powered by home runs from Phillips and Jay Bruce to beat the Giants, 5-2, in Game 1 of the NL division series Saturday night.