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.
August 23, 2012 |
As far as auditions go, Domonic Brown had a good night, Vance Worley provided mixed results, and the Phillies continued to look toward the future, because the present has not been very encouraging. After struggling with Bronson Arroyo for eight-plus innings, the Phillies could not solve closer Aroldis Chapman for the second straight night in a 3-2 loss to the Cincinnati Reds Wednesday at Citizens Bank Park. Brown had a double, hit his first home run of the season, made a sensational catch in right field, and gunned down a runner at the plate.
April 11, 2012 |
Cincinnati seems intent on breaking the mold for baseball's small-city teams. Owner Bob Castellini has concluded the only way to make the Reds a consistent contender is to spend to keep the team together rather than losing players through free agency. "You do that to build a franchise and a foundation for years to come," Castellini said. "So I don't [expect] to continue to have all these huge contracts. But you build your franchise on the people that are in that dugout and on that field.
August 30, 2011 |
CINCINNATI - The surest sign that the tall, slender figure on the mound was indeed Cole Hamels came at the end of the sixth inning, when pitching coach Rich Dubee informed the lefty that his night was over. Hamels, who had held the Reds to one dubious run in six innings of work, could have accepted the abbreviated outing as a necessary display of caution after 16 days of inaction. Instead, he protested. "I don't think I've been able to sway him for 6 years," a grinning Hamels said later.
July 25, 2011
DAILY NEWS WIRE SERVICES Drew Stubbs led off the ninth with a first-pitch homer, sending the Cincinnati Reds to a 4-3 victory over the visiting Atlanta Braves last night and their first set of back-to-back victories in more than 5 weeks. The defending NL Central champions hadn't won consecutive games since June 14-15. Stubbs went the opposite way, to rightfield, on the first offering from Scott Linebrink (3-2), completing the Reds' all-power night. Brandon Phillips hit a two-run homer, and Miguel Cairo added a solo shot off rookie Brandon Beachy, giving Cincinnati a 3-0 lead.