Lance McAlister

Lance McAlister

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Reds drop 10th straight start by Minor, 4-3 to Phillies

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The Reds jumped on Phillies starter Noah Syndergaard for a 2-0 2nd inning lead but the right-hander then toyed with the Reds into the 8th inning for a 4-3 Phillies win Monday night at GABP. He threw just 77 pitches, only 16 for balls and the Phillies bullpen made it stand up. Reds starter Mike Minor was knocked around for 10 hits and four runs in five innings. The Reds are now 1-12 in games started by Minor, including dropping 10 straight. Nick Castellanos returned cheers at GABP and went 1 for 5 with an RBI single and a stolen base.

Minor issues: 5 IN, 10 H, 4 R, 1 BB, 4 K, 105 pitches/71 strikes. The Phillies pounced on him for a three-run 3rd inning, highlighted by a 2-out, 2-run single by the .189 hitting Edmundo Sosa to give the Phils a 3-2 lead. He was one strike away from a 1-2-3 5th inning when the Phillies banged out back-to-back 2-out doubles, including an RBI double by Sosa to make it 4-2. His ERA is at 6.31.

Thor: Syndergaard was on it for the Phillies...7 IN, 8 H, 3 R, 0 BB, 6 K, 77 pitches/61 strikes/16 balls. That's not a typo. He gave up two runs in the 2nd and that was that until Jake Fraley rocketed a solo homer to left-center field to start the 8th inning to cut the Reds deficit to 4-3. The homer ended Syndergaard's night.
For perspective, Cubs starter Keegan Thompson threw 70 pitches in 1.2 innings vs the Reds on Sunday.

Early action: Michael Papierski line a 2-out/2-run single to score Albert Almora Jr. (double) and Matt Reynolds (single) to give Reds a 2-0 lead in the 2nd inning.

Hot from the Hot Corner: Kyle Farmer collected three more hits....his sixth multi-hit game in his nine games since moving to 3rd base. He also made a couple of sweet plays at 3B, including a bare hand grab/throw of a roller + a lunge, popup, spin and throw.

Fraley fire: He entered the night 14 for 34 (.412 BA/1.122 OPS) with 2 HR, 5 BB, 6 RBI since coming off the IL on July 30.

Welcome back: Castellanos got a warm ovation throughout the night. The Reds played his walk-up music in his first AB. He went 1 for 5 w/ 2 K, a SB base
and a 2-out RBI single to get the Phillies on the board in the 3rd inning.

Escape: Trailing 4-2 in the 6th, Ian Gibaut loaded the bases but struck out Castellanos to end the inning. Hunter Strickland struck out two batters to strand a runner at 3rd in the 9th inning.

Thieves in the Night: The Phillies ran wild on the bases, swing three bases in the first three innings and four for the game.

Streaking: Phillies catcher JT Realmuto extended his hitting streak vs the Reds to 16 games.

Opposite streaking: Joey Votto went 0 for 4 and extended his hitless streak to 0 for 18. With the tying run on 2nd with one out in the 8th he grounded into a double play. He's down to .208.

Scratched: Jonathan India was in the initial starting lineup but was scratched about an hour before the game. He has not played since being hit on the lower leg in the Field of Dreams game.

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