Phillies 4 Reds 1
The Phillies jumped on Luis Cessa for back-to-back homers by Nick Castellanos and Bryson Stott in the second inning and Noah Syndergaard made it stand up with another strong seven innings vs the Reds as the Phillies won 4-1 Monday night at Citizens Bank Park. After producing 27 hits and 19 runs in back-to-back weekend wins over the Pirates, the Reds offense managed just three hits and a run vs the Phillies.
Seems so long ago: One year ago tonight the Reds beat the Marlins to move a season high 12 games over .500 at 69-57. They held the 2nd Wild Card spot.
Short timer: Luis Cessa made his second start of the season. 2.0 IN, 3 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 3 K, 2 HR, 41 pitches/25 strikes. ERA now 5.67.
He threw a first pitch strike to just three of 10 batters faced. Last year: 6 ER in 26.1 innings. This year: 25 ER in 39.2 innings.
Thor: Syndergaard 7 IN, 3 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 3 K, 89 pitches/57 strikes. He tossed 7+ innings of 3 run baseball in beating the Reds last Monday, throwing 77 pitches/61 strikes.
Keepin' on: Mike Moustakas singled to extend his hit streak to five consecutive games. Jonathan India extended his streak to six straight games.
Jack City: Nick Castellanos crushed a Cessa hanging breaking ball 436-feet to left center field for his 12th homer and Bryson Stott followed with a 399 foot blast for his 8th homer and it was 2-0 in the 2nd inning. Castellanos added an RBI double.
Bullpen night: 6 IN, 2 R......Joel Kuhnel 2.0, 1 R, 4 K.... Art Warren 1.0, 1 R....Ross Detwiler 1.2, 0 R, 3 K...Hunter Strickland 1.1, 0 R.
On the board: The Reds were held scoreless by Syndergaard until the 5th inning when Austin Romine rocketed a HR to cut the Phillies lead to 3-1.
It was Romine's first long ball of the year.
The struggle: Jose Barrero 0 for 3 and now batting .180 with 31 K in 61 AB....0 BB. He has at least one strikeout in all 17 games he's appeared in.
My doubts: I'll be honest, I'm not sure how the Reds are going to find enough arms to finish the final 42 games of the season.
Looker: Kyle Schwarber struck out four straight times looking.
Delayed: The start of the game was delayed 57 minutes by rain.