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An 8-3 Reds loss gave the Phillies two of three games in the series after Cincinnati took the opener on Friday.
*Since 2006, the Reds have gone 0-7-1 in series at Philadelphia and are 7-21 in those games.
“I don’t know what it is about coming here. We don’t play very well,” outfielder Chris Heisey said.
The game story and plenty of stuff will soon be up on MLB.com/Reds.com.
Items of note:
*Following Devin Mesoraco’s three-run homer in the first inning of Friday’s 3-0 win, the Reds have scored only four runs over their last 26 innings.
*Mesoraco was again the big bright spot offensively with a career-high in hits during his 4-for-4 game. But getting the hits provided less satisfaction without getting the win too.
“I want to win. That’s my first and foremost goal,” Mesoraco said. “I want to drive in runs. I want to score runs. Whether I get a hit or not, it means something to me. If I get a hit and don’t score or drive anybody in, it doesn’t help the team win. That’s what I’m trying to do.”
*Mesoraco has hits in 14 of his 15 games played and RBIs in 10 of those games. Overall, he is batting .500/.541/.870 with four homers and 17 RBIs.
*Tony Cingrani returned from the DL and gave up a career-high three home runs but the reviews were positive overall. Cingrani had his fastball velocity often in the 90-93 mph range.
“A lot crisper,” Mesoraco said. “He was able to carry his velocity throughout the game. He was able to hit that outside corner to righties, which sometimes he struggles with. Today he was able to do it pretty well. It was a step in the right direction and I think he’s going to be stronger and better.”
*The Reds bullpen continues to be a sore spot. Manny Parra, who had been one of the more successful pitchers earlier, gave up four runs and two hits and two walks.
*The NL’s worst bullpen, Reds relievers have a 5.40 ERA. They are almost a full run behind the Dodgers for 14th place.
*Since April 29, Billy Hamilton is batting .333 (13-for-39) with a .381 on-base percentage in 14 games.