Final: Reds 3, Phillies 2.
WP: Bronson Arroyo (10-7, 3.87 ERA) LP: Vance Worley (6-9, 4.06 ERA) SV: Aroldis Chapman (31)
Tonight's game remained scoreless up until the top of the fifth inning, when the Reds took a two-run advantage on RBI singles by outfielders Drew Stubbs and Ryan Ludwick to right fielder Domonic Brown. Up until two outs in the bottom half of the fifth inning, Bronson Arroyo hadn't allowed a base-runner to Phillies batters. With Domonic Brown going yard at the plate right thereafter for the first time of 2012, he cut the deficit in half and ended any hope of perfection for the opposition.
Brown's home run came an inning after he misplayed a routine fly-ball and allowed Jay Bruce to triple on the play. Two batters later he redeemed himself, recording his third outfield assist in 12 games this season when he threw Jay Bruce out at home plate to end the inning. Bruce answered right back in the top of the 8th inning, when he ironically homered over Brown in right field to give Cincinnati the 3-1 advantage. Later, Domonic Brown got his second hit of the night in the bottom of the eighth inning, his sixth double of the season.
Having only accumulated two hits going into the bottom of the ninth inning, both from Domonic Brown, the Phillies had a rally in them. Kevin Frandsen led-off the inning with an infield single off of Bronson Arroyo. LHP Aroldis Chapman then came in to relieve, and retired Jimmy Rollins on a pop-up. Chapman then allowed a RBI-single to Ty Wigginton, as the Phillies cut their deficit in half once more. With Chase Utley and Ryan Howard both going down in-order, hope of a comeback ended. Aroldis recorded his 23rd consecutive save, 31st of 2012.
Vance Worley only allowed two earned runs in six innings of work tonight, but he still did not quite look the same way he did in his rookie season last year. Many attribute his recent struggles to bone chips in his right elbow. Worley gave up eight hits, two walks and struck out three batters. 64 of his 99 total pitches were thrown for strikes.
Reds' RHP Bronson Arroyo was nearly unhittable, as the Phillies offense manufactured just three hits against him in eight total innings. He entered the game historically struggling against the Phils, as he was (1-7) with a 7.28 ERA in 47.0 innings. Clearly, tonight was a different story for the right-hander, as 61 of his 86 pitches were thrown for strikes.
The series finale will display two 2012 National League Cy Young award candidates in Cincinnati's RHP Johnny Cueto (16-6) and Philadelphia's LHP Cole Hamels (14-6). Cueto, 26, is having a career year, in which he is on pace to exceed many of his previous statistics in years past such as strikeouts and WHIP. He already has set a career high in wins (16), with his previous mark at 12 set during the 2010 season. All-time against the Phillies in five starts, Cueto is (1-2) with a 5.65 ERA in 28.2 innings pitched. The Phillies have a .276 batting average off of Cueto, accumulating 29 hits, 19 runs, nine walks, and four home runs in that span.
Like Cueto, Cole Hamels is on pace to exceed his previous career highs, such as wins and strikeouts. Cincinatti has never beaten Cole Hamels, as Cole has a stellar (7-0) record in nine starts, with a 1.44 ERA in 62.2 career innings pitched against the Reds. Hamels last faced the Reds almost a year ago to this date, on August 29, 2011. He lasted six innings, allowing just two hits and one earned run and zero walks while striking out seven batters to receive his 13th victory of that season. Hamels would finish 2011 with earning just one more victory two starts later, while posting a (1-2) record and three no-decisions in the month of September.
The game, starting at 7:05 pm EST, can be seen on CSN Philadelphia and heard of 1210 WPHT AM and 94 WIP FM.
Attendance: 41,794 (Non-sellout).
Starting Pitching Summary:
* Arroyo faced one batter in the bottom of the ninth before exiting the game.
In the 'Pen:
- Bronson Arroyo: 8.0* IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 4 SO, 1 HR, 3.87 ERA
- Vance Worley: 6.0 IP, 8 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 3 SO, 0 HR, 4.06 ERA
- LHP Aroldis Chapman (9th): 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 SO, 0 HR, 1.31 ERA
- RHP Josh Lindblom (7th, 8th): 2.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 SO, 1 HR, 3.72 ERA
- LHP Raul Valdes (9th): 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 SO, 0 HR, 3.25 ERA
- Top of the 5th (Reds 1, Phillies 0): Drew Stubbs singles on a soft fly ball to right fielder Domonic Brown. Ryan Hanigan scores.
- Top of the 5th (Reds 2, Phillies 0): Ryan Ludwick singles on a line drive to right fielder Domonic Brown. Drew Stubbs scores.
- Bottom of the 5th (Reds 2, Phillies 1): Domonic Brown homers (1) on a fly ball to right field.
- Top of the 8th (Reds 3, Phillies 1): Jay Bruce homers (26) on a fly ball to right field.
- Bottom of the 9th (Reds 3, Phillies 2): Ty Wigginton singles on a ground ball to right fielder Jay Bruce. Kevin Frandsen scores.
- Thursday, August 23, 2012; 7:05 pm EST
- Philadelphia Phillies (57-67) vs. Cincinnati Reds (76-49)
- Cole Hamels (14-6, 2.94 ERA) vs. Johnny Cueto (16-6, 2.44 ERA)
- TV: CSN
- Radio: 1210 WPHT, 94 WIP
Matt Rappa is a contributor for Buzz on Broad. You can find him on Twitter at @mattrappa.