Instant Replay: Reds 2, Phillies 0

Instant Replay: Reds 2, Phillies 0

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CINCINNATI -- Jerad Eickhoff pitched very well in his season debut.

Unfortunately for the Phillies, Brandon Finnegan pitched better.

Finnegan outdueled Eickhoff as the Cincinnati Reds hung a 2-0 defeat on the Phillies at Great American Ball Park on Wednesday night.

Joey Votto's solo homer against Eickhoff leading off the bottom of the seventh was the game's big hit.

Two days after pounding out seven extra-base hits in a 4-3 win over the Reds on opening day, the Phillies had just four singles in the game. They struck out 13 times.

The start of the game was delayed 50 minutes by rain.

The Phils are 1-1.

Starting pitching report
Eickhoff gave up two runs in 6 2/3 innings as he delivered a quality start in his first outing of the season. He had 20 of them in 33 outings last season.

The right-hander pitched shutout ball through six innings. He was tagged for a solo homer by Votto leading off the bottom of the seventh. He then gave up a double and a two-out single before exiting.

Eickhoff scattered five hits, walked one and struck out six.

Phillies' starting pitching has given up just three runs in 11 2/3 innings to start the season.

Finnegan pitched seven innings of one-hit ball. He walked one and struck out nine. The lefty gave up a single to Maikel Franco with two outs in the first inning then retired 19 straight before exiting.

Bullpen report
Joely Rodriguez and Pat Neshek pitched scoreless ball in their season debuts.

The Phillies opened the top of the eighth with a pair of infield singles against Michael Lorenzen. The hard-throwing right-hander pitched out of trouble by striking out Freddy Galvis and pinch-hitter Michael Saunders before retiring Cesar Hernandez on a ground ball.

Raisel Iglesias came on for the ninth and recorded the save.

At the plate
Maikel Franco had a hard-hit single in the first inning. The Phillies' other three hits were singles that did not leave the infield.

Votto's homer against Eickhoff came on a 1-0 curveball. Adam Duvall followed Votto's homer with a double and scored on a two-out hit by Zack Cozart.

Lineup stuff
With a lefty on the mound and a host of right-handed opposing pitchers on deck, manager Pete Mackanin gave right-handed hitting Aaron Altherr the start in right field against the lefty Finnegan. That meant lefty-hitting Saunders was on the bench. Mackanin has no plans to platoon Saunders and Altherr.

"I'm not platooning Saunders," Mackanin said. "I just need to get Altherr some at-bats. He hasn't played since Friday. I need to keep guys sharp so when I ask them to pinch-hit they've at least had an at-bat."

Mackanin said he would use Brock Stassi, Andrew Knapp and Daniel Nava in the starting lineup Thursday.

Up next
The series concludes on Thursday afternoon. Right-hander Clay Buchholz makes his season and Phillies debut against right-hander Rookie Davis, who will be making his major-league debut.

Howie Kendrick makes 4th rehab appearance in Lehigh Valley

Howie Kendrick makes 4th rehab appearance in Lehigh Valley

Howie Kendrick on Saturday night made his fourth rehab appearance in Triple A during Lehigh Valley's 13-1 rout of the Louisville Bats in Allentown.

Kendrick went 1 for 5 with a run scored and three strikeouts. He also grounded into a double play and left two runners in scoring position.

It was his second rehab game playing third base. He played third during his appearance in the IronPigs' 8-4 loss Thursday to the Indianapolis Indians. He was 0 for 1 in three plate appearances with a run scored and was hit by a pitch twice (see story).

The Phillies' plan for Kendrick was to have him play a minimum four games at Lehigh Valley. He played left field in two games and third base twice. Pete Mackanin said Wednesday that Kendrick would also get a game at first base but he hasn't gotten a game at first yet.

There is a chance Kendrick could be recalled Sunday before the Phillies’ series finale against the Cincinnati Reds depending on how he feels.

Kendrick has been sidelined since April 15 with an oblique strain. In 10 games before the injury, Kendrick went 13 for 39 (.333) with five extra-base hits and four walks while exclusively playing left field.

Best of MLB: Trout's 16th home run guides Angels past Marlins

Best of MLB: Trout's 16th home run guides Angels past Marlins

MIAMI -- Mike Trout hit his major league-leading 16th homer, and the Los Angeles Angels reached the .500 mark for the 12th time this season by beating Miami 5-2 Saturday.

Trout's first-inning homer into the beer garden in left field was estimated at 443 feet, which pleased a fair portion of the crowd at Marlins Park.

"Hate Fish Love Trout," read a sign held by an Angels fans.

J.C. Ramirez (5-3) limited Miami to an unearned run in seven innings and benefited from excellent defense. Bud Norris, who tweaked his right knee and left Friday's game after throwing only three pitches, gave up a homer to Marcell Ozuna in the ninth (see full recap).

Strasburg K's career-high 15, Nats down Padres 3-0
WASHINGTON -- Stephen Strasburg dominated San Diego with a career-high 15 strikeouts while allowing three hits over seven innings as the Washington Nationals beat the Padres 3-0 on Saturday.

Strasburg (6-1) singled and scored Washington's first run on Bryce Harper's RBI grounder in the third inning. Michael A. Taylor hit a two-run homer for the second consecutive game.

San Diego's lineup offered little resistance against Strasburg the day after Max Scherzer dominated the Padres with 13 strikeouts in Washington's 5-1 win.

Strasburg struck out the side in the third and sixth and had at least two in the first six innings.

The right-hander previously struck out 14 batters twice including his Major League debut on June 8, 2010. He set a personal best by setting down Franchy Cordero in the seventh (see full recap).

Yankees held hitless into 6th by Cotton, but beat A's 3-2
NEW YORK -- Oakland rookie Jharel Cotton held the Yankees hitless until Matt Holliday launched a two-run homer with two outs in the sixth inning that sent resurgent CC Sabathia and New York to a 3-2 victory Saturday.

Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge was in the right spot for a pair of key catches to boost the AL East leaders, who won with just two hits.

Sabathia (5-2) has won three straight starts for the first time since April 2013. The 36-year-old lefty pitched into the seventh and struck out nine.

Dellin Betances escaped a second-and-third, one-out jam in the eighth, an inning that included the ejections of A's hitter Jed Lowrie and manager Bob Melvin for arguing strike three calls. Betances closed for his fifth save.

Cotton (3-5) was promoted from Triple-A Nashville before the game. He began the season in the Athletics' rotation but was sent down to the minors May 11 to refine his game (see full recap).

Bautista hits 3-run HR, Blue Jays beat Rangers 3-1
TORONTO -- Jose Bautista hit a three-run homer that backed Marco Estrada, and the Toronto Blue Bays beat the Texas Rangers 3-1 Saturday and matched their longest winning streak this season at five.

Shin-soo Choo homered into the center-field party deck on the first pitch of the game from Marco Estrada, but Bautista hit a two-out drive in the fifth, his eighth home run in May after one in April.

Estrada (4-2) allowed four hits in six innings to win for the third time in four starts. Aaron Loup got one out in the seventh, Ryan Tepera finished the inning and Joe Smith worked the eighth. Roberto Osuna threw a perfect ninth for his ninth save, completing a six-hitter.

Darvish (5-3) gave up three runs and five hits in six innings. He had been 4-0 with a 2.54 ERA in six starts since losing April 18 at Oakland. Texas has lost five in a row for the first time this year (see full recap).