Philadelphia Chasing Wild-Card Berth
The Philadelphia Phillies go after a third straight win Wednesday night, hosting the Cincinnati Reds in the third of a four-game series. Philadelphia has taken the first two games, sitting second the National League wild-card race. Philadelphia is leading the San Diego Padres by a game. Cincinnati’s lost two in a row, fourth in the NL Central Division. Cincy’s two games ahead of the last-place Pittsburgh Pirates.
Reds Fall in Slugfest
After managing just one run in Monday’s opening game of this series, the Cincinnati Reds had six Tuesday night, It wasn’t sufficient, as they fell 7-6. Cincinnati’s two runs in the top of the ninth inning gave it the lead, Philadelphia’s two runs in the bottom of the ninth inning gave it the win.
Righthander T.J. Zeuch will be on the Reds’ mound in Wednesday’s contest. Zeuch is 0-2 with a 13.50 ERA in two starts, striking out five and walking three in eight innings. Zeuch struggled in his last outing, also against the Phillies (four innings, six runs, 11 hits [three homers], striking out one and walking one).
Outfielder T.J. Friedl had a pinch triple in the ninth inning to put Cincinnati ahead Tuesday night. Friedl is batting .229 with four doubles, three triples, a home run, 11 RBIs and 17 runs scored in 36 games this season.
Outfielder Aristides Aquino was 2-for-4 with a double, a walk and two RBIs in the loss Tuesday. Aquino is batting just .183 with five doubles, four home runs, 15 RBIs and 14 runs scored this season.
Phillies Piecing Together Wins
The Philadelphia Phillies are trying to return to the postseason for the first time since 2011. Everyone’s been contributing. Tuesday night, it was Nick Maton’s pinch single in the bottom of the ninth driving in the winner.
“We all believe in each other,” second baseman Bryson Stott said. “If you don’t do it, you have another great guy behind you who is very capable of doing it as well. We never feel like we’re out of the game. With these hitters, we’re never out of it.”
Stott had a double in the ninth inning that scored Jean Segura with the tying run, after a Cincinnati error. The rookie is batting .228 with 12 doubles, two triples, eight home runs, 38 RBIs and 40 runs scored.
Catcher J.T. Realmuto was 1-for-3 with a triple, two RBIs and a run scored in the win. Realmuto is on a five-game hit streak and batting .268 this season, with 20 doubles, five triples, 13 home runs, 59 RBIs and 57 runs scored.
Southpaw Christopher Sanchez is making his third start (11th appearance) in Wednesday’s contest. Sanchez is 1-1 with a 3.80 ERA, striking out 18 in 23⅔ innings. His last start came July 5 against the Washington Nationals, earning the win (five scoreless innings, just two hits, striking out two and two walks).
Reds vs Phillies Head-To-Head
The Philadelphia Phillies have dominated the season series with the Cincinnati Reds this season, 4-1 thus far. Philly has already clinched the season series, after dropping four of the six meetings between these clubs in 2021.
Philadelphia is also going to win a home series against Cincinnati for the third time in the last four (teams didn’t play in 2020), The Reds won the South Philly series last season. The MLB lines have the Phillies heavily favored.
Reds vs Phillies Game Information
- Game: Reds (48-73) vs Phillies (68-55)
- Location: Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia, PA
- Day/Time: Wednesday, Aug 24, 7:05 p.m. ET
- Reds vs Phillies Live Stream: MLB.tv
Reds vs Phillies Betting Lines
T. Zeuch -R
C. Sanchez -L
Reds vs Phillies Prediction
The Cincinnati Reds offered some fight in tbe loss Tuesday, but didn’t close the sale. The Phillies are in playoff mode already, and they get another win.