RING IT: Matt Moore Shines as the Phillies beat the Reds 6-1
The Phillies bounced back from Friday night’s loss to beat the Cincinnati Reds by a final score of 6-1. Matt Moore got the win, after putting on a masterclass at Citizens Bank Park today. The Phillies are now 61-56, and hold complete control of first place in the NL East.
Matt Moore shined on the mound today for the Phillies. In six innings of work, he shut the Reds down to zero hits, zero earned runs, and eight strikeouts. With Moore struggling this season, nobody really knew how today would go for the Phils. Matt Moore went out there and did his job, and most people thought he should have kept going.
The Phillies got on the scoreboard in the bottom of the third. Ronald Torreyes stepped up to the plate for the team, and sent a ball into the left field stands to make it a 1-0 ballgame.
Everything went well for the Phillies today. The pitching was at its best, and the defense was on another level at the beginning of the game. Although the runner was eventually ruled safe at first, Didi Gregorious turned a masterful double play with Jean Segura, which would have Matt Moore fired up. Gregorious has tended to be a little shaky on the defensive side of the ball this year, but this play was just outstanding from the veteran.
The Phillies had a no hitter going through seven innings. Matt Moore would pitch the first 6, and Hector Neris would get three outs in the 7th. The offense would slowly chip away for the team today, getting them insurance runs at the best times. First and second two outs for Travis Jankowski, who rips one into left field to score Brad Miller. A great hit, but an even better slide from Miller.
Archie Bradley would enter the game in the 8th and lose the combined no-hitter, on a solo home run by Reds catcher Tyler Stephenson. The Phillies pitching came to play today, and although that home run made it a two run ballgame, the bullpen was still lockdown on the day.
Bryce Harper continued his MVP push today in the bottom of the 8th inning. After roping a stand up triple into the gap to score JT Realmuto, the Reds got caught sleeping, and Bryce made them pay. Little league home runs never get old, and this was was another example of that.
But the team wasn’t done this inning. Andrew McCutchen stepped up to the plate, and crushed a baseball into the left field seats to make it a 6-1 ballgame. After being sidelined for weeks, getting McCutchen back in the lineup is going to be huge for the Phillies, making a push for the NL East.
Ian Kennedy entered the game in the 9th inning, and would close this one out pretty easy. The Phillies beat the Reds today by a final score of 6-1, thanks to a masterpiece by Matt Moore. The Phils are now 61-56, a half game up on the Braves, and 1 game above the Mets. The Phillies close out the three game series tomorrow with Aaron Nola on the mound at 1:05.
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