Phillies-Reds: What you need to know

Phillies-Reds: What you need to know
May 18, 2013, 10:30 am
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Phillies (20-22) vs. Reds (25-17)
4:05 p.m. -- FOX

The Phillies blew a lead in the top of the eighth inning, but roared back with two runs in the bottom of the inning to beat the Reds, 5-3, in the series opener on Friday night.

Cliff Lee held the Reds to just two runs over seven innings, struck out seven and walked two to help the Phils snap Cincinnati's six-game winning streak.

The series continues on Saturday afternoon with Kyle Kendrick taking the hill against Reds right-hander Bronson Arroyo. Here's a look at what you need to know for Game 2 of the three-game set.

Special K
Kendrick (4-1, 2.47 ERA) has arguably been the Phillies' most consistent starter all season long. Since losing his first start of the season, the right-hander has posted a 1.84 ERA in seven outings.

Kendrick has pitched well against Cincinnati as of late, but has no victories to show for it. In his last three starts versus the Reds, Kendrick has a 1.37 ERA and has received just three runs of support over 19 2/3 innings.

The last time the Phils lost when Kendrick started was on April 16. He allowed just two hits in seven shutout innings before Jay Bruce hit an RBI single in the bottom of the ninth to give the Reds a 1-0 victory.

Facing Arroyo
Arroyo (3-4, 3.76) ended a three-start losing skid after he tossed 6 2/3 innings in the Reds' 5-1 win over Milwaukee on Sunday. During that span, Arroyo posted a 5.50 ERA.

Before beating the Brewers, Arroyo had not won since giving up two runs over eight innings in a 4-2 victory over the Phillies on April 15.

The right-hander has not had much success against the Phillies in his career, but has won his past two starts against the Phils. In 12 appearances overall (11 starts), Arroyo is 3-7 with a 6.00 ERA and a 1.50 WHIP versus the Phils.

Rollins vs. the Reds
Jimmy Rollins has struggled in his last five games against the Reds. During that stretch, the 34-year-old is batting just .118 (2 for 17).

On Friday, however, the shortstop hit a two-run home run in the third inning off of Reds rookie Tony Cingrani. It was Rollins' first homer against a lefty since June 24, 2012.

It's also worth noting that it was the Phillies' first homer with a man on base since April 27. They had hit 16 straight solo home runs.

Call to the 'pen
With Mike Adams still sidelined with a back strain (see story), Antonio Bastardo got the call to protect a one-run lead in the eighth on Friday. He gave up a solo homer to Votto on the second pitch he threw before Justin De Fratus finished the inning and got the win.

Bastardo (1-1, 2.70) has appeared in 17 games for the Phils so far this season, giving up four earned runs on 12 hits in 13 1/3 innings.

Jonathan Papelbon tossed a scoreless ninth inning to earn his eighth save of the season on Friday. Papelbon (0-0, 1.02) has allowed just two runs and two walks in 17 2/3 innings this season. He also has 12 strikeouts.

Avoid the long ball
After allowing home runs to Jay Bruce and Joey Votto on Friday, Phillies pitchers have now allowed 49 homers this season. Only the Brewers (51) and the Padres (50) have allowed more in the National League.

Entering Saturday's action, Kendrick has allowed five homers in his eight starts this season.

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