Swept away by a juggernaut
Philadelphia has started to take on a Yankee-esque feeling when they play the Reds, who are now 12-30 against them over the last six seasons — including 1-7 this year. Like the Yankees when they meet some small-market clubs, there are probably teams that the Phillies play which put out a vibe of feeling outmatched before the bus reaches the ballpark. The Reds seem to be one of them.
While the Phillies have that tremendous starting pitching and a tough lineup, that outmatched feeling is something the Reds have to ditch before they meet them again next season. The Phils have lost 46 games this season and there is no reason why the Reds couldn’t have been responsible for more than one of them.
Still, if the Phillies don’t make the World Series, something will have seriously gone wrong for them in the NLDS or NLCS. They are very, very good. If nothing else, this week should have provided the Reds with a refresher of what they will need to do to get back to the next level again, and beyond.
*The Reds were outscored, 21-6, by the Phillies in the four-game sweep. Their scoreless streak ended at 21 innings on Joey Votto’s sacrifice fly in the third.
*Of Vance Worley’s seven strikeouts against the Reds, six were called.
*This was the second time the Reds were handed a four-game sweep this season. Another NL East club, the Mets, did it July 25-28.
*Chris Heisey’s three-run homer in the seventh was his second as a pinch-hitter this season and seventh PH homer for the Reds this season.
“I hope I finish the year. I still feel good. I hope they don’t shut me down. Nothing has been discussed with me yet. I don’t know if they’re talking or what.” — Mike Leake, who has 158 innings pitched this season between the big leagues and Triple-A.
“What really hurt was that two-run homer by Martinez. That was the difference in the ballgame.” — Dusty Baker
“Any time when you’re down to get three at one time, to get us back in it was big for the team. Unfortunately, we couldn’t come back the whole way. This series kind of leaves a bitter taste in our mouth but we have to go have a good road trip and get right back up to .500 and hopefully beyond.” — Chris Heisey
“If you don’t capitalize on opportunities, which are rare, you don’t score. If they score early or quite a few runs, it’s hard to bunch a lot of hits against them. The fact is they don’t walk many guys to put you in position to rally if you fall behind. That’s their key.” — Baker on the Phillies