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

inning.

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

1-3 innings.

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

Sept. 28.

”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

run.

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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