Phillies, Reds scoreless in 9th, game suspended
Manager Dusty Baker doesn’t see it as a wasted evening, even
though there was no final outcome. A day later, his Reds will have
the first chance to come out as the eventual winner.
The Reds and Philadelphia Phillies managed only two singles
apiece on Tuesday night, staying scoreless until their game was
suspended because of heavy rain in the middle of the ninth
The game will be picked up at the same point on Wednesday at
5:30 p.m., before the teams play the finale of their series no
earlier than 7:10 p.m.
Phillies reliever Phillippe Aumont was warming up to start the
bottom of the ninth when heavy rain prompted the umpires to call
for the tarp. They decided to suspend it after 43 minutes with more
rain headed for the area.
Aumont will have to face at least one batter. Shortstop Zack
Cozart – who had one of Cincinnati’s two hits – was due up.
”Maybe the first batter will hit a home run and win,” Reds
starter Homer Bailey said.
Left-hander Aroldis Chapman pitched the top of the ninth and
retired the three Phillies he faced. Chapman has allowed only three
hits and no runs in his eight appearances. He has fanned 13 in 7
Baker declined to say who would follow Chapman to the mound if
the game goes extra innings.
”It’ll be strange getting the first at-bat at home,” Baker
said. ”I hope we win it before we get there (the 10th inning). It
doesn’t matter. They’ve got the heart of their lineup coming up.
We’re starting off even.”
Pitchers dominated on a rainy night. A storm moved through after
both teams finished batting practice and delayed the start of the
game by 1 hour, 20 minutes. Rain returned intermittently and became
steady in the fifth inning, then heavy in the ninth.
Bailey and Philadelphia’s Kyle Kendrick were stingy, allowing a
pair of singles apiece before leaving. They got strikeouts and let
their infielders do the rest of the work.
It was a virtual day off for the outfielders, with a total of
only four fly outs through the first six innings.
”You have to have a lot of respect for Kyle Kendrick,” Bailey
said. ”That’s the way it goes in a 0-0 game. It helps you stay
sharp. It makes it easier to stay focused.”
Bailey gave up two singles, didn’t walk a batter and matched his
career high with 10 strikeouts, the fourth time he’s reached the
number. He also fanned 10 during his 1-0 no-hitter in Pittsburgh on
”We can build off that,” Baker said. ”We didn’t waste it. He
saved our bullpen and that can give him and us great confidence.
You only waste it if you lose. Both sides were dealing. I hated to
take him out, but they told us the rain was coming.”
Kendrick left after seven innings, having allowed two singles
and two walks. Laynce Nix made a diving catch of Joey Votto’s liner
in right field in the third inning with a runner aboard, saving a
Phillies center fielder Ben Revere wore a piece of athletic tape
inscribed with ”PRAY For Boston” on the back of his glove for a
second straight day, honoring those killed or wounded at the
marathon on Monday.
NOTES: Philadelphia RF Delmon Young played nine innings and went
1 for 4, including a line-drive single off Yankees LHP Cesar
Cabral, in an extended spring training game in Tampa, Fla. Young,
who is coming back from an ankle injury, could be nearing the start
of a minor league rehab assignment. … C Carlos Ruiz played seven
innings and had a two-run homer and double in five at-bats against
the Yankees. Ruiz is suspended for the first 25 games for testing
positive for an amphetamine. … Several hundred dogs were in the
stands as part of a pet promotion. … LH John Lannan starts the
series finale for the Phillies against RH Mike Leake.
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