Team W-L R R/G NL Rank R OPS (NL) SB CS
CIN 2-1 11 3.67 T-10 690 (T-9) 1 0
PHI 1-2 14 4.67 7 723 (7) 0 0

Team W-L RA RA/G NL Rank RA Starter ERA Pen ERA
CIN 2-1 11 3.67 T-5 2.50 (4) 3.00 (T-5)
PHI 1-2 19 6.33 13 3.78 (10) 6.35 (14)

For the second time in two games the Phils got a weak performance from their starting pitcher and were bailed out by a tremendous effort from their bullpen and hitters. Kyle Kendrick gritted through five innings and managed to stay away from a big inning, but the bullpen was again the story of the day as they shut the Reds’ offense down for four innings in a hard place to pitch after Kendrick exited with nobody out in the sixth. The Phils offense continued to roll as expected. Utley led the charge with two home runs and three RBI and Burrell helped put the Phils up early with a two-run blast.

The Phillies beat the Cincinnati Reds last night, winning 8-4 to improve to 2-2 on the season.

Kyle Kendrick got the start for the Phillies and went five innings, allowing four runs on eight hits and two walks. Three of the hits went for extra-bases, all doubles. He struck out one.

Kendrick started the first up 3-0. Corey Patterson was the first to face him and Patterson dumped a softly hit double down the left field line. Jeff Keppinger was next and hit one out in front of the plate that Kendrick fielded and threw to first for the first out. Patterson moved to third. Ken Griffey Jr was next and singled into left, scoring Patterson to cut the Phillies’ lead to 3-1. Brandon Phillips followed with another single that moved Griffey to second. Kendrick got Adam Dunn on a fly ball to center for the second out before he walked Edwin Encarnacion to load the bases for Joey Votto. Votto grounded back to Kendrick for the third out.

Kendrick gave up three hits and a walk in the inning and had two strikes on all four of the hitters that reached. He needed 30 pitches to get out of the inning, but avoided major damage.

He came back with a 1-2-3 second.

Keppinger started the third with a single past a diving Rollins and Griffey followed with a double that drove him home and cut the Phillies’ lead to 5-2. Phillips was next and singled in left, moving Griffey to third. With Dunn at the plate the Phils played for a double-play and they got it — Dunn hit it to second and the Phils turned two as Griffey scored from third to make the score 5-3. Encarnacion grounded back to Kendrick for the third out.

Votto started the fourth with a single and went to third when Javier Valentin followed with a double. Norris Hopper hit for Fogg and grounded out to third for the first out. Patterson was next and hit a ball to center deep enough to score Votto and cut the Phillies’ lead to 6-4. Kendrick got Keppinger to fly to center to end the inning.

Kendrick set the Reds down 1-2-3 in the fifth.

Kendrick returned to start the sixth and walked Encarnacion to start the inning. With the lefty Votto due to hit, Manuel pulled Kendrick and brought in Madson. Madson was fantastic against lefties last year and got Votto on a pop-up in shallow left field that Rollins took after a run for the first out. Valentin was next and he singled into right, moving Encarnacion to third. Paul Bako ran for Valentin at first. Madson got ahead of Ryan Freel 0-2 and threw two fastballs way up and in before missing with ball three outside. Freel fouled two balls off before he went down swinging for the second out. Patterson was next and lined softly to second to end the inning.

Madson returned for the seventh and set the Reds down 1-2-3.

Rudy Seanez threw a 1-2-3 eighth.

With the Phillies up 8-4 in the ninth, JC Romero came on for the fourth time in four games and the third day in a row. He got Bako, Freel and Patterson to end the game.

Another fantastic day for the pen. After Madson exited with nobody out in the sixth, Madson, Seanez and Romero combined to allow one hit and no walks in four shutout innings. Great outing for Madson after a shaky start in his first two appearances. Too much Romero in the early going — it’s not going to work to have him pitch every day, but he’s been great so far. Second nice appearance for Seanez in two times out. Madson is on pace to throw 175 innings in relief, Romero to make 162 relief appearances and throw 121 innings.

Error free defense from the Phils after miserable play from their defense against the Nats.

The Phillies’ lineup against righty Josh Fogg went (1) Rollins (2) Victorino (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Burrell (6) Jenkins (7) Feliz (8) Ruiz. Ruiz back behind the plate despite Thursday’s home run from Coste. Jenkins plays right against the righty.

Rollins led off the first with a single to right. Victorino struck out swinging for the first out — Rollins had stolen second but interference was called on Victorino and Rollins had to return to first. Utley moved Rollins to second with a walk. Before Fogg delivered a pitch to Howard he tried to pick Rollins off second and the ball got away, allowing the runners to move to second and third. Howard hit a ball to left deep enough to score Rollins and put the Phils up 1-0. Burrell was next and hammered one way out to left. 3-0. Jenkins struck out to end the frame.

The Phils went 1-2-3 in the second.

Rollins started the third with a double in the gap to left-center. Victorino bunted him to third before Utley homered just out to right to extend the Phillies’ lead to 5-1. So Victorino executes the bunt flawlessly and all it gets the Phillies is an out. Too much bunting from Victorino early in the season for me. Let him hit or let Rollins try to steal a base. Howard grounded to the shortstop, playing to the right of second with the shift, for the second out before Burrell drew a walk. Jenkins struck out for the third out.

Feliz led off the fourth and got behind 0-2 but took four straight balls to draw a walk. Ruiz singled up the middle, moving Feliz to second. Kendrick bunted them to second and third. Rollins hit a ground ball to first base for the second out. Feliz scored to put the Phillies up 6-3. Ruiz went to third, but was left there when Victorino grounded to first to end the frame.

Utley started the fifth with another home run to right, his second of the game and 100th of his career. It put the Phils up 7-4. Howard grounded to short for the first out but Burrell followed and doubled to left. Jenkins struck out and Feliz grounded to second to turn the Phillies away.

The Phils went 1-2-3 in the sixth. Kyle Kendrick hit for himself and struck out for the second out having thrown 87 pitches. He would face one batter in the bottom of the sixth, walk him, and get pulled for Madson.

The Phils went 1-2-3 in the seventh. Feliz singled with two outs in the eighth, but Ruiz followed and grounded to short for the third out.

Taguchi, who had entered in the bottom of the eighth to play left for Burrell, doubled to start the ninth and moved to third when Rollins followed with a ground ball to first. Victorino followed with a single to center and Taguchi scored to put the Phils up 8-4. Victorino stole second, his first out the year, but Utley grounded to second and Howard struck out to leave him stranded.

Rollins was 2-for-5 with a double and an RBI.

Victorino was 1-for-4 with a stolen base.

Utley was 2-for-3 with a walk, two home runs and three RBI.

Howard was 0-for-4 with two strikeouts.

Burrell 2-for-3 with a double, a walk and a home run.

Jenkins was 0-for-4 and struck out three times.

Feliz was 1-for-3 and drew a walk.

Ruiz 1-for-4.

Tough matchup today as Adam Eaton faces righty Aaron Harang. After going 16-6 with a 3.73 ERA and a 1.14 ratio for the Reds last year, Harang got his first start of ’08 on Monday against the Diamondbacks and went six innings, holding Arizona to two runs on three hits and two walks. He made one start against the Phillies last season, on June 27. Former NL Centraler Geoff Jenkins has faced Harang a lot over his career. Jenkins is 9-for-39 (.231) with four doubles and a home run and 12 strikeouts against him. Feliz has also faced him a lot, he’s 2-for-18 against Harang. Eaton gets his first start of 2008 coming off a miserable 2007. He faced the Reds once last year, on June 28, and was hit hard.