Ryan Madson had been plowing down hitters, allowing just one run all season until Tuesday night. The Phillies lost to the Reds by a score of 6-3 after a hairy ninth inning.
Rookie Vance Worley started the game and was a little rusty after being switched from starter to reliever to the minors and back to starting again as Joe Blanton made his second trip to the DL this month. Worley was still pretty good, considering the way he has been bounced around lately.
Over five innings, Worley allowed three runs on six hits and four walks.
Raul Ibanez and Carlos Ruiz carried the offense as both players are suddenly on fire. Ibanez went 3-for-4 with an RBI and Ruiz was 2-for-3, also with an RBI.
Chase Utley was in the line-up again since returning from the DL. He was hitless on Monday, but finally got a hit Tuesday night. That single turned out to be a momentum shift in the game, only not in the right direction.
Juan Samuel waived home Jimmy Rollins from second on the play for no apparent reason and he was a dead duck at home plate by about a mile. There had been only one out in the inning at the time and losing that run seemed to kill the Phillies offense.
Utley was involved in a number of odd plays in the field as well, which sent him scrambling all over the place to track down balls hit into no-man’s land. Here are a few of those plus some other plays:
But in the end, the game came down to the bullpen. After a 13-inning scoreless streak, Ryan Madson finally had a bad day. With one out in the ninth, Madson made a bad throw to first and things snowballed from there.
After loading the bases, Madson gave up a 3-run double to Jay Bruce. The Reds had a 6-3 lead and the Phillies offense was unable to come back in the bottom of the inning. Hopefully, Madson can start a new streak tonight.
Here is the full Photo Album from the game. The third game with the Reds is tonight at 7:05pm.
Photos by Jenn Zambri Photography