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Phillies Seeing Red(s)

After winning four of their last five games, the Phillies offense again went dormant against the Cincinnati Reds on Saturday and Citizens Bank Park.

Kyle Kendrick, the team’s most consistent starting pitcher thus far, got the start and would labor through the first two innings. He was able to escape a two on, one out jam in the first, but not in the second. After allowing back to back singles to Reds’ third baseman Todd Frazier and left fielder Donald Lutz, Kendrick gave up a three run home run to catcher Ryan Hanigan, making the score 3-0 Reds.

Kendrick would settle in a bit from there, not allowing another run until the top of the sixth inning when shortstop Zack Cozart doubled home Hanigan for a 4-0 Reds lead. Kendrick departed after six innings, allowing a total of eight hits, four earned runs, four walks and hit a batter.

The Phillies’ bats were silent all day against Reds’ starter Bronson Arroyo, who the Phillies are hitting a lowly .182 against this season. They finished with just six hits on the day, to go along with seven punch outs and just two walks.

What really took the wind out of their sails was Domonic Brown getting thrown out trying to stretch a double into a triple in the second inning. He appeared to slide in safely, but was called out. Manager Charlie Manuel would argue the call, but to no avail.

The Phillies had more than one man on base only once, the eighth inning. By then the game was well out of reach.

Recent call-up B.J Rosenberg replaced Kendrick in the seventh, and in 1.2 innings pitched, he allowed another three runs on four hits and a walk.

With the score now 7-0 Reds, Philippe Aumont came on to record the out in the eighth inning, but not before allowing another run to make it 8-0.

Chad Durbin came in for the ninth inning, and gave up a two run home run to Joey Votto just for good measure. The final score was 10-0 Cincinnati.

The Reds finished with 16 hits, four of them coming from Votto. He went 4-4 with two walks, two runs batted in and two runs scored. The Phillies finished 0-4 with runners in scoring position and left every base runner they got on base.

There’s something about the teams from Ohio this season, as both have put up at least 10 runs on the Phillies a combined three times. It was the worst shutout loss for the Phillies since a 12-0 drubbing to the Rockies back in 2007. And speaking of shutouts, it was the sixth time this season that the Phillies have been shutout.

Still, the Phillies had one four of their last five games and can still take the series this afternoon against the Reds.

Rookie Jonathan Pettibone brings his 3-0 record and 3.41 ERA into today against the Reds’ Homer Bailey.

First pitched is slated for 1:35 at Citizens Bank Park.

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