Posted August 19, 2012 on
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Mike Leake wasn't too sharp the last time the Cincinnati Reds faced the Philadelphia Phillies, and the result was a historic defeat.
But if Leake has the same stuff as he did in his last start, the result could be a lot different this time.
The NL Central-leading Reds will try to end a six-game losing streak to the Phillies on Monday night in Philadelphia as these teams square off for the first time this season.
The last meeting saw Leake take the loss as he was tagged for four runs in six innings of a 6-4 defeat Sept. 1. That marked the first time the Reds had been swept by Philadelphia in a four-game home series since 1916.
Cincinnati (74-48) has lost 15 of 19 in Philadelphia (56-65), dropping three of four in their last series there May 23-26, 2011.
"That's probably been our toughest spot to play in the last couple of years - or them, period," manager Dusty Baker told the Reds' official website before Sunday's 5-4 victory over the Chicago Cubs.
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Entering play on Monday, the Redlegs ranked 16th in Major League Baseball and 10th in the National League in average home attendance for 2012. Through 63 games at the friendly confines of Great American Ball Park, the franchise has pulled in an average crowd of 29,477 (1,857,062 overall). Coincidentally, they also ranked 16th and 10th in MLB and the NL, respectively, during last...
The Redlegs (74-48) took care of business over the weekend and managed to take three out of four against The Lovable Losers from Chicago. By doing so, they were able to stretch their division lead to 6.5 games -- the largest for any first place team in baseball.
Here are some notable quotes from the series:
Friday (Win, 7-3)
+ “In the years before, we’ve always had...
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The Reds Hall of Fame welcomes Reds and National Baseball Hall of Famer Barry Larkin for an exclusive fan meet and greet on Thursday...
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Dusty Baker breaks down the 5-3 victory over the Cubs in game one of the double dip on Saturday.
A single one-inning pitching performance made Wilson Valdez a cult hero in Philadelphia. Accordingly when Wilson Valdez was traded this offseason for left-handed reliever Jeremy Horst, widespread irrational panic broke out among Phillies fans. Despite our Mike Frohwirth explaining that Wilson Valdez is not good at baseball at all, people worried about the Phillies chances with...
8/20 Game Review
Louisville lost 10-1. Box Score
Neftali Soto went 1-3.
Denis Phipps went 1-3 with a solo HR (14).
Cody Puckett went 1-3 with a double.
Carlos Fisher threw 2 shutout innings with a walk and 2 strikeouts.
Jordan Smith threw a shutout inning with 2 strikeouts.
Aside from Denis Phipps remaining hot there isn’t much to write about this game. Phipps is...
MILWAUKEE When Cliff Lee signed with the Philadelphia Phillies in December2010, putting the finishing brush strokes on a piece de resistance of a pitching rotation, the baseball world took notice.
The Phillies, it appeared, had just constructed one of the best rotations in the history of major league baseball.
That's not a title that anyone around the sport takes lightly...
8/18 Game Review
Louisville won 3-2 in 10 innings. Box Score
Neftali Soto went 3-4 with a run.
Denis Phipps went 3-4 with 2 doubles, a HR (11), 2 RBI and 2 runs.
Felix Perez went 2-4.
Pedro Villarreal allowed 2 runs in 7 innings with a walk and 8 strikeouts.
Nick Masset (rehab) threw a perfect inning with a strikeout.
Jordan Smith threw 2 shutout innings with a strikeout.
Xavier Paul led off the ninth inning with a pinch-hit triple and Ryan Hanigan followed with a single Sunday, giving the Cincinnati Reds a 5-4 win over the Chicago Cubs.
Paul lined the first pitch from Shawn Camp (3-6) over first base into the right-field corner. Hanigan hit the next pitch to left-center over the drawn-in Chicago outfield.
The NL Central-leading Reds took three...
When Hector Luna was optioned to Triple-A Lehigh after yesterday's 8-0 win over the Brewers, we all knew that Placido Polanco would be back with the team tonight.
Today it was reported that Placido Polanco was activated from the DL after nearly a month's time spent with lower back inflammation. Polly will start third for the Phillies tonight in their home opener against...
We’re back with another semi-weekly minor league review, where we take a look at the various developmental levels of the Phillies’ organization and some noteworthy players from each club. This time, it’s a glance at some top performers of late, as well as those that aren’t doing so well.
Triple-A Lehigh Valley IronPigs…
RHP Jonathan Pettibone (pictured, right...
CINCINNATI (AP) -- Brett Jackson hit his first career home run to help Brooks Raley earn his first major league win, leading the Chicago Cubs to a 9-7 victory over the Cincinnati Reds and a split of their day-night doubleheader on Saturday.
Starlin Castro had three hits and two RBIs as the Cubs rebounded after losing the first two in the four-game weekend series. David DeJesus added...
Vance Worley has another bad start as the Phils lose once again to the Brew Crew, 6-2.
The Phils took the lead in the fourth as, with a runner on second, and with nobody out, Ryan Howard hits an RBI double, knocking in Chase Utley, who had started the inning off with a ground-rule double, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Brewers took the lead in their half of the fourth as, with...
Final: Phillies 4, Brewers 3.
WP: Cole Hamels (14-6, 2.94 ERA) LP: Mike Fiers (6-6, 2.90 ERA) SV: Jonathan Papelbon (27)
Cole Hamels had another stellar start tonight in Milwaukee, despite giving up a late two-run home run to Ryan Braun that pulled the Brewers to within one run late in the game. He lasted seven and two-thirds innings, allowing eight hits, one walk, and three runs...