That was quick: Phillies drop suspended game in 9 minutes

That was quick: Phillies drop suspended game in 9 minutes
April 17, 2013, 5:45 pm
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CINCINNATI – The Cincinnati Reds made quick work of the Phillies early Wednesday evening.

Jay Bruce lined a Phillippe Aumont pitch into right field to deliver the winning run and give the Reds a 1-0 victory in the resumption of a game that was suspended in the bottom of the ninth inning because of rain on Tuesday night.

After the teams played 8 1/2 scoreless innings on Tuesday night, it took just nine minutes to settle the outcome.

Bruce’s hit came with the bases loaded and no outs as Aumont failed to retire any of the four batters he faced. Centerfielder Ben Revere dropped a routine fly ball to load the bases one batter before Bruce laced the first pitch he saw to right for the game-winning hit.

The drop snapped a 173-game errorless streak for Revere, dating to Aug. 2011.

“The ball got stuck in the sun,” Revere said. “If the sun’s not there, I make that catch.”

The error came one game after Revere made perhaps the catch of the season, a running, diving, over-the-shoulder grab on Monday night.

“You see the ball and at the last second it’s gone,” Revere said. “It ticks you off.”

The inning started at 5:30 as the sun was setting behind home plate. Revere was wearing sunglasses.

The loss dropped the Phillies to 6-8 on the season.

Aumont opened the frame by allowing a single to Zack Cozart on a 3-2 pitch. Aumont was ahead in the count, 0-2, but couldn’t put Cozart away. Aumont then allowed a walk to Joey Votto before Revere dropped Brandon Phillips’ fly ball. That brought up Bruce.

The regularly scheduled game begins at 7:10 p.m. with John Lannan opposing Mike Leake.

Leake will be facing an anemic Phillies’ offense that has scored just eight runs in five games on this trip.

In their latest loss, spread over two days, the Phillies had just two base runners. Both of those came on singles. Reds pitchers Homer Bailey and Aroldis Chapman combined on 12 strikeouts without walking a batter.

“We’ve been hitting the crap out of the ball,” Revere said. “But you can’t hit it right at guys, and the grass is really thick here. We’ve hit some line shots to warning track. But that’s the way baseball goes sometimes. We’re going to get this solved and we’ll be rolling real soon.”

Overshadowed by the lack of offense was the fact that the Phils wasted a strong start from Kyle Kendrick, who pitched seven shutout innings and allowed just two hits.

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