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Cincinnati Reds Can’t Match Offensive Production of Philadelphia Phillies, Drop Series Finale 8-3

May 19th, 2014 at 3:36 PM
By Cody Dalga

Devin Mesoraco has been on a tear since his return from the disabled list including a four-hit day Sunday afternoon but it wasn't enough for the Cincinnati Reds as they fell to the Philadelphia Phillies 8-3. It the second straight series in which the Reds managed just a single win in a three game series. 

'Reds v Astros 9.21.11' photo (c) 2011, Shawna Pairan - license: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/2.0/

The Reds began the game on a high note. Billy Hamilton reached base on a bunt single and reached second when Chris Heisey walked. Both stole bases to put runners on the second and third and Brandon Phillips brought home Hamilton with a groundout to second base. Two batters later, Mesoraco doubled home Heisey to give push the lead to two. 

The lead didn't last long. The first two Phillies batters, Jimmy Rollins and Wil Nieves, launched back-to-back home runs to tie the game at two. 

"That was like above his head," Cincinnati starter Tony Cingrani said of the 0-2 fastball to Nieves. "The [2-2] pitch to Jimmy was just a bad pitch. That's his sweet spot."

The game remained tied until the fifth. 
 
Cliff Lee led off the inning with a single and was followed by a fielder's choice which both runners were safe. Nieves then put down a sacrifice bunt to put runners on second and third. On the first pitch on the next batter, Chase Utley brought home Lee with a RBI groundout. 
 
The Phillies added another run in the sixth before blowing the game wide open with a four-run seventh inning. Cincinnati managed to score another run thanks to an error in the eighth but that's as close as they got. 

"We got some things started and weren't able to finish," said Reds manager Bryan Price. "We have to find a way to be able to grind out more than a couple of runs a game. We just can't win this way. We have to be able to score more runs."

Cincinnati will head to the country's capital as they begin another three-game series, this time against the Washington Nationals. Mike Leake will be on the mound for  game one this evening. 

Tags: Baseball, Billy Hamilton, brandon phillips, Chris Heisey, Cincinnati, Cincinnati Reds, Devin Mesoraco, Mike Leake, MLB

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