Back from the dead: Phillies destroy the Reds 17-3
The Phillies desperately needed a win tonight against the Cincinnati Reds. After a rough month of May in which the Phillies relied heavily on Rhys Hoskins and Jean Segura, the rest of the lineup finally came alive. The Phillies beat the Reds 17-3.
Entering tonight, the Phillies scored just 11 runs in their last five games. Tonight, they scored 10 runs in six innings. It was only the second time all season that the Phillies scored 10+ runs in a game and it all started with a home run from Ronald Torreyes, his first since 2017.
Odubel Herrera hit two home runs tonight. The first, a game-tying home run and again in the sixth inning to extend the Phillies lead. Not that I really care about NBC Sports Philadelphia and their sub-par social media presence, but it is funny (and stupid) how they refuse to mention Odubel Herrera’s name while they happily tweet updates about the Phillies. In two examples tonight, they refused to say Herrera’s name.
Bizarre behavior from the home of the Philadelphia Phillies.
Rhys Hoskins stayed red hot tonight, extending his hit streak to 10 games with an RBI double in the top of the fifth inning. Hoskins would then hit an opposite field home run in the sixth inning, which shows you how red hot he is, flashing his opposite field power.
Andrew McCutchen hit a home run in the sixth inning and a three run home run in the eighth inning. Alec Bohm finally had a three hit game, going 3-for-5 from the plate with an RBI.
With a position player hitting, Matt Joyce piled it on in the top of the 9th inning, hitting a grand slam. You can kiss the unwritten rules of baseball goodbye. The Phillies will take all the runs they can get.
The Phillies had a total of 18 hits tonight and scored 17 runs. Just what the doctor ordered.
Aaron Nola notched his 1,000th career strikeout and became the fastest Phillies pitcher to reach that milestone. On the night, Nola threw five innings, allowing eight hits, three earned runs, and two walks while striking out two. Nola, who wasn’t himself, was productive, and hopefully will use tonight as a building block after a couple bad starts.
Ranger Suarez relieved Nola and pitched great yet again. He pitched two innings of shutout baseball which included a 1-2-3 seventh inning on just seven pitches. Interesting move to pitch him tonight in a blowout game with Spencer Howard on the mound tomorrow for the Phillies. You would think in an ideal situation, he would have been piggy backing Howard, who is on a pitch count restriction as the Phillies’ fifth starter.
Archie Bradley and Brandon Kintzler both threw scoreless eighth and ninth innings. The Phillies won (obviously) and move to 26-29 on the season, now just three games under .500
Mandatory Credit: USA TODAY