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Bruce's Double Sees off Phillies

Jay Bruce not only let the Phillies jump out in front in Game 2 of the NLDS last fall, but his misreading of a second-inning line drive let the Phillies tie the game tonight.

Of course, he made up for it by crushing a Ryan Madson pitch to deep right-center for a bases-clearing double to put the Reds up in the ninth. Madson took his first loss of the year after a wild ninth inning, snapping the Reds’ six-game losing streak and keeping their lead in the NL East at 1 1/2 games.

At the start, it looked like tonight’s game would be a barnburner. Both starters, Vance Worley and Johnny Cueto, struggled at times with umpire Brian Gorman’s strike zone. Worley, who walked four in five innings, allowed a first-inning run on a Scott Rolen single before back-to-back doubles by Ryan Howard and Raul Ibanez in the second and a Domonic Brown sacrifice fly put the Phillies up 2-1. Another RBI double by Carlos Ruiz extended the lead to two before a pivotal fifth inning. The first four Reds batters in the top of the fifth reached base, tying the game at three, before Worley, sweating like Albert Brooks in Broadcast News, set down Rolen, Bruce, and Chris Heisey around a Ramon Hernandez intentional walk to limit the damage.

Neither side scored again until the aforementioned top of the ninth, when Madson cut off Placido Polanco on a Drew Stubbs dribbler in front of the mound with one out, then threw the ball away. Madson then retired Brandon Phillips, then walked Joey Votto intentionally, and it looked like the Phillies would survive at least until extra innings, but Scott Rolen scorched a liner down the third-base line that Polanco was lucky to cut off for an infield single to load the bases, and Bruce, who was 0-for-4 with three strikeouts to that point, whaled a Madson mistake off the base of the wall to put the Reds up by the eventual final of 6-3.

Francisco Cordero set the Phillies down in order in the bottom of the ninth, including a surprise Michael Martinez pinch-hit appearance that owed to a Ross Gload hip injury.

Roy Halladay opposes Reds lefty Travis Wood in tomorrow night’s rubber match, a repeat of the pitching matchup last July 10, when Wood took a perfect game into the top of the ninth. The Phillies won that game, 1-0 in 11 innings. Here’s hoping for a repeat performance.

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  1. Andrew From Waldorf

    May 24, 2011 at 11:31 pm

    Not a bad loss. Like the torture of some of the less than 5 hit losses were
    Got some hits. which is good
    The malaise appears to be gone somewhat. At least for 2 games
    It was the 5th starter vs a very capable starter for the Reds afterall.

    So thngs are OK

    I see Bauman made the gameday post and the postgame column and the big column of the day. Thank you sir. For taking up the slack while Pat was away.

    You are invited to come to my house and beat me about the head, chest and neck with a gold or leather glove any time.

  2. Andrew From Waldorf

    May 24, 2011 at 11:52 pm

    Dipsy will love this.

    Someone in my fantasy baseball league just picked up Raul Ibanez.

    May 24 11:48pm Raúl Ibañez (Phi – OF) Add Free Agents
    Austin Jackson (Det – OF) Free Agents

  3. Bruce

    May 24, 2011 at 11:56 pm

    As a Phillies fan, I won’t dwell on “what if” about certain situations in the game. A loss is a loss and we really need to move on to tomorrow’s game. Madson had a good run with 9 straight saves but the law of averages caught up with him when he served a fat pitch to Bruce on a 3-2 count. Bruce was struggling with the outside pitches (fastballs and off speed pitches); whiffing on them for 3 strikeouts. Why Madson (or Ruiz) decided to go inside on the last pitch to Bruce..who knows. Well.. I guess I did “dwell” on that particular moment in the game (chuckles).

    I give credit to both Cueto and Worley as they did pitched ‘tough’ in tight situations with runners on. Tonight, however, Worley didn’t have good command of his pitches (4 walks in 5 innings) and commited a ‘cardinal sin’ of walking the pitcher (Cueto) to lead off the 5th inning which eventually led to a 2-run hit by Phillips.

    I did say we shouldn’t dwell on the negatives and so there is a continuing ‘feel good’ story with Raul Ibanez who in my book, has become the team’s MVP for the month of May. Three more hits including a double and an RBI tonight. Since May 3, Ibanez is hitting .375 with 11 extra-base hits and 11 RBIs in 20 games. Rau..ul..l..l. 🙂

  4. TheDipsy

    May 25, 2011 at 7:32 am

    Bruce – Prorate 11 RBIs over 20 games and that would give him…..uh….88.0000006 whatever RBI for the year.

    The Dipsy

  5. bfo_33

    May 25, 2011 at 8:22 am

    I guess the battle lines are drawn, and no amount of information is going to change anything. Ibanez is having a decent season at the plate, but he needs to go 4-4 with at least two extra base hits each night, or it won’t compensate for his bad defense. Apparently, some others lost their portfolios to “stat geeks”, so instead of trying to use any sort of objective analysis, prefer to insult anyone who knows how to use the + and – sign on a calculator, insist on judging by intangibles and their eyes. It’s certainly much better to stick with your feelings, since it is impossible to prove feelings right or wrong. There is no reason to read the comment section anymore, it is the same crap by the same people every day. enjoy.

  6. Chuck

    May 25, 2011 at 8:36 am

    The same crap. Yup. Well how bout this “crap”……

    RAAAAAUUUUUUUUUUULLLLLLLLLL !!!!!!!!!!!!

  7. Don M

    May 25, 2011 at 9:31 am

    The whole point of the comment section is so that people can give their take . . . otherwise we’re left with someone giving the formula for XYZ and there would be no point in giving any counter-argument

    A little bit of fact, mixed with a little bit of opinion is what makes this site work

  8. Chuck

    May 25, 2011 at 10:09 am

    Sometimes the debates can get pretty lively on here and that’s what make this site so special. The piece that Michael wrote the other day “The Commentariat” was great because it sort of cleared that air for at least a little bit. We all played nicety-nice for awhile and maybe some of us now have a better understanding of where the “other side” (whatever that means for you) sits on certain issues. I, for one,……have new-found respect for Publius and that whole SABR crowd…..even though I don’t necessarily follow it the way they do. I am always open to learning about and expanding my knowledge of the game and the team that I love.

    But I hope, like Don says, that the “Point Counter Point” approach never goes away. And a little bit of sarcasm mixed in at times doesn’t hurt either. I think we’re all grown-ups here and can take it.

    Great job as always by PhilliesNation!! Keep up the great work.

  9. Pat Gallen

    May 25, 2011 at 10:19 am

    Thanks Chuck, I agree. People who dislike arguing over baseball really have no place here. This is where its at (I think).

  10. bfo_33

    May 25, 2011 at 10:34 am

    point taken. Guess I prefer an open dialogue over an argument.

  11. Dr. Dave

    May 25, 2011 at 11:55 am

    Polanco is a great fielder and has saved numerous runs with his glove. However, last night in the 9th he made a bonehead play that cost us the game.

    My Dad, who taught me the game, said “before the ball is hit to you, know what your going to do with it.”

    Rolen, RH batter at the plate, runners on 1st and 2nd, runner on 1st not being held, Votto decent runner, playing deep, throw the ball to 1st!

    His double clutch cost the out at 1st because he was going to 2nd. BONEHEAD play!

    • Chuck

      May 25, 2011 at 12:11 pm

      Yeah, what are we all gonna make of Placido Polanco??? He’s a real BONEHEAD. I guess guys aren’t allowed a mulligan once in awhile anymore.

    • Lefty

      May 25, 2011 at 12:20 pm

      You’re a tough guy to please, I thought he did a nice job just getting to the ball.

      If it was a bonehead play, he gets a pass from me.

      For the record, the play was scored a hit, not an error.

  12. TheDipsy

    May 25, 2011 at 11:56 am

    Open dialogue? Are we taking about free trade, detente, or baseball?

    The Dipsy

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