|Philadelphia Phillies (71-65)||7||6||0|
|Cincinnati Reds (64-74)||1||7||2|
|W: Smyly (3-6) L: DeSclafani (9-8)|
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— Aristides Aquino hit a home run. [Make sure to check if still true before hitting publish.] Yep, still true. Drew Smyly missed a fastball out over the plate, and the Punisher sent the ball to the moon as a result.
— In addition to the dinger, Aquino made a spectacular running catch on a smoked Bryce Harper liner in the sixth. The ball seemed destined for a double, but Aquino charged back toward the wall and leaped to catch it at the edge of the warning track.
— Alex Blandino made a slick play in the top of the second, catching Andrew Knapp’s liner and firing to first to double off Adam Haseley for the first two outs. Welcome back to show, Dino.
— Walks and dingers did Anthony DeSclafani in today after what was an otherwise solid start. Disco went 7.0 innings, striking out eight. The two long balls and walks that preceded them ultimately made the difference.
— DeSclafani almost had a five pitch first inning, but Bryce Harper’s groundball skipped right over Joey Votto‘s glove into right field. It was in-between hop to be sure, but Votto did look to be caught on his heels. Harper hustled to second, bringing up Rhys Hoskins with the potential to put the Phils in the lead, but Disco struck out Hoskins on five pitches. No harm, no foul.
— Disco’s escape act only lasted that one batter though, as he walked Cesar Hernandez to start the second. The next batter, Scott Kingery, hit a lunging, off-balance, Todd Frazier special out to right field. 2-0 Phillies.
— Then, in the top of the third, Disco faced Hoskins again with two outs. Instead of striking out the slugging first baseman, DeSclafani grooved a middle-middle fastball and Hoskins did what he does, sending it out to deep center. 4-1 Phils.
— Nick Senzel struck out twice on breaking balls to start the game, both with awkward, flailing swings. Even after a solid showing in yesterday’s second game, Senzel has scuffled of late. Making matters worse, after a single to lead off the sixth, Senzel got caught on the basepaths.
— Wandy Peralta iced the game for the Phillies in the eighth, giving up a two-run homer to Harper then a solo shot to Hoskins. All of a sudden, the Reds were down by six.
NOT SO RANDOM THOUGHTS
— Curt Casali got a single out of some miscommunication in the bottom of the second when Kingery and Corey Dickerson both decided the other was going to catch the ball. I honestly find no baseball play more hilarious than that. Just two guys deciding that ball is someone else’s responsibility and looking at each other like utter dolts when no one takes charge. Priceless.
— The rest of this season feels pretty forgettable, doesn’t it? Aquino continues to prove himself while everyone else seems like a known quantity. Maybe Josh VanMeter should play every day but that’s about the hottest take left. Meh.
Phillies at Reds
Vince Velazquez (6-7, 4.86 ERA) vs. Alex Wood (1-3, 5.80 ERA)