Thursday, February 28, 2013

Reds Take 3 from Phillies; Reach .500

Game 1: Cin (Culver) vs Phi (Fryman)
George Culver pitched a strong game, allowing only 6 hits on 7 2/3 innings. The Reds were powered by Lee May and Vada Pinson, who each had 2 doubles in the game. The first 4 Reds batters in the game reached base, as Phil's starter Fryman struggled with his control. After yielding 2 runs in the first, Woodie settled down and held the Reds scoreless until May's second double chased him in the fifth. Bill Kelso picked up save 1 for the Reds as they won 3-0.

Game 2: Cin (Maloney) vs Phi (Wise)
The Phil's came out strong early, as they scored 4 in the second inning, getting 4 hits and 2 walks off Reds starter Jim Maloney. Cincinnati got back 2 in the bottom of the second, but trailed 6-2 going into the bottom of the sixth. The wheels came off for the Phillies then, as Cincinnati would score 7 in the inning. Reliever Gary Wagner came in with the Phils clinging to a 6-4 lead with 2 outs, but yielded 4 consecutive singles to Reds batters. Cincinnati went on to win 12-7, with Johnny Bench the offensive star on strength of 4 for 5, homer, and 3 RBI. Phillies starter Rick Wise hit a homer.

Game 3: Cin (Arrigo) vs Phi (Short)
Cincinnati OF Mack Jones hit a 3-run homer in the first as the Reds got to Short early. Phils made a game of it in the eight, as they closed the gap to 6-5 after a rain delay on the strength of a Dick Allen 3-run blast. Reds closer Ted Abernathy wasn't very effective, but pitched just well enough to close out the 6-5 Reds win. Red Lee May continued his torrid hitting, getting 2 hits for the third game in a row.

Game 4: Cin (Pappas) vs Phi (Jackson)
Phillies scored early and often on way to 11-2 victory to avoid the sweep. Starter Jackson scattered 9 hits while holding the Reds to only 1 run to pick up hit first win. Reds starter Milt Pappas was hammered for 6 runs in only 5 innings. When's that trade to the Braves?

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