Lance McAlister

Lance McAlister

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What a killer: Phils rally twice, stun Reds 7-6

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Phillies 7 Reds 6

Nick Maton lined a game-winning single with one out in the bottom of the 9th as the Phillies rallied twice and stunned the Reds 7-6 Tuesday night.
TJ Friedl had delivered a two-out, two-run triple in the top of the 9th to give the Reds a 6-5 lead. But Alexis Diaz came on for the save and walked leadoff batter Jean Segura, then allowed a game-tying double off the top of the wall by Bryson Stott. Nick Senzel overthrew not one, but two cutoff men, allowing Seguar to score and Stott to advance to 3rd base. Maton then delivered the final blow. It was the fourth blown save of the season by Diaz: 0.1 IN, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, BB, K.

Trailing 5-4 in the 9th, Senzel reached on an error and Kyle Farmer reached on a infield single to begin the inning and set up the Friedl rocket vs LH
Brad Hand. Friedl, now 7 for 19 since his recall, had entered the game as a pinch-runner for Donovan Solano in the 8th inning.

The game was scoreless to the 6th inning when the two teams combined to score seven runs and knock both starting pitchers out of the game.

Everything was going the Reds way early on as rookie Nick Lodolo took a no-hitter to the 6th inning. But a 3-0 Reds lead quickly unraveled into a 4-3 Phillies lead.

Lodolo: 5.1 IN, 3 H, 4 R, 2 BB, 5 K, 82 pitches/49 strikes. He took a no-hitter to the 6th inning with a 3-0 lead before a leadoff double by Edmundo Sosa after he sat during a long half inning by the Reds offense. In the blink of an eye the Phillies put three runs on the board to tie the game in the 6th and he was done.
He was charged with a fourth run when Buck Farmer allowed and RBI single to Nick Castellanos to give the Phillies a 4-3 lead. Lodolo's streak of 12.1 consecutive scoreless innings ended (7 IN/ 0 R last Wednesday). He retired 11 in a row to start the game. A two-out 4th inning walk to Bohm gave the Phillies their first baserunner. Lodolo's pitch count/early success looked like it would be big for a weary bullpen. Instead, the pen still had to cover 3.0 innings.

Ice-breaker: Scoreless in the 5th inning, Mike Moustakas slapped a single through the right side to score Jonathan India (double) to make it 1-0. Nick Senzel had bunted India to 3rd bases with his 2nd career sacrifice bunt. Farmer walked. Solano singled to loaded the bases. Aristides Aquino walked to force home another run and it was 2-0 and Jose Barrero walked to bring home a third run, 3-0.

Killer: Trailing 5-3 in the 7th, the Reds put the first two on with singles by Moustakas and Solano and Aquino whacked an RBI double (108.6 mph) to pull the Reds within 5-4. But Stuart Fairchild struck out, Barrero struck out and Romin struck out to end the threat. They failed to score after a Solano leadoff double in the 2nd inning. They had 2nd and 3rd nobody out in the 8th inning.


Walk on the wild side: Barrero drew two walks after not walking in his first 17 games and 62 plate appearances (31 K) since his promotion.

Wait, what? Barrero and Aquino each walked to force in a run in the 5th inning. Entering the game Aquino 7 BB in 145 PA Barrero 0 BB in 61 PA.

Tough spot: Phillies rookie pitcher Michael Plassmeyer made his ML debut with two outs and the bases loaded in the 6th inning. He struck out Austin Romine.
He then rolled through a 1-2-3 7th inning.

Rolling on: Moustakas collected two more hits to extend his hit streak to six consecutive games. But he left the game with a leg injury suffered while running the bases in the 8th inning. He was replaced by Lopez. Could Moose be looking at a 6th appearance on the IL?

Hit machine: Solano added three more hits. He has three hits in 3 of his last 4 games. But he was pinch-run for in the 8th by Friedl.

Nice night: Aquion had two hits, 2 RBI and a walk.

Swing and miss: Barrero struck out to make it at least one strikeout in all 18 games he's appeared in. That's a franchise record.

Rough night: Romine grounded out to end the 2nd with two on, struck out in the 5th, struck out with runners on 2nd and 3rd in the 6th and struck out with runners on 2nd and 3rd in the 8th,

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