CINCINNATI -- Before batting practice Tuesday night, Phillies manager Charlie Manuel talked about his team’s struggling offense.
He tried to be diplomatic, but it didn’t work.
So he resorted to some plain talk.
“When you cut right to the chase and through the BS, we have to hit,” he said.
It didn’t happen Tuesday night. The Phillies ran into a formidable pitcher in Cincinnati’s Homer Bailey, who allowed just two singles and struck out 10 over eight shutout innings.
The Phils, meanwhile, received a strong start of their own from Kyle Kendrick, who pitched two-hit ball over seven shutout innings.
So which team finally cracked through and won the game?
With the score knotted at 0-0, the game was suspended because of rain in the bottom of the ninth inning. It will be resumed Wednesday evening at 5:30 p.m. before the teams’ regularly scheduled game starts at 7:10 p.m.
Tuesday night’s game was delayed one hour, 20 minutes at the start. After it was suspended, Manuel sat in the visiting manager’s office and was reminded of his pregame thoughts on the offense.
“It didn’t work out,” he said. “We haven’t hit on this road trip. We scored six runs in three games in Miami, two last night, and right now we’re hanging on a zero.”
This is the first time the Phils have had a suspended game since their World Series clincher in 2008.
When the game resumes Wednesday night, reliever Phillippe Aumont will be on the mound to start the bottom of the ninth. Zack Cosart is the scheduled Reds’ hitter. Aumont had just entered the game when the skies opened.
The Phillies wasted a strong from Kendrick, but Bailey had something to do with the their struggles at the plate.
“KK was matching him,” Manuel said. “They didn’t hit him either.”
Phillies starting pitchers have delivered seven quality starts (six or more innings, three or fewer earned runs) in a row.
“That’s good,” Manuel said. “But at the same time, we need to get them some runs.”
Chase Utley and Michael Young had the Phillies’ only hits Tuesday night. Leadoff man Ben Revere was 0 for 4. His average has dropped to .207. Jimmy Rollins was 0 for 3. He is 0 for 15 on the trip and is down to .226.
After Bailey exited, Aroldis Chapman struck out two in the top of the ninth. In all, Phillies hitters struck out 12 times.
The Reds had a couple early threats in the game. They put runners on the corners in the first inning, but Kendrick struck out Jay Bruce to get out of the jam. Two innings later, rightfielder Laynce Nix made a diving grab of Joey Votto’s sinking liner to save a run.
Aumont is scheduled to face Cozart, Votto and Brandon Phillipps in the bottom of the ninth. They are the Reds’ Nos. 2, 3 and 4 hitters.
John Lannan (0-0, 3.86) and Mike Leake (0-0, 6.00) are the pitchers in the regularly scheduled game.