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Even neck-deep in a Lost Season like this one, there are at least a handful of good, fun games. We got one tonight. And, because this is 2012, there was also plenty to wring one's hands over.
The Phillies scored nine unanswered runs in their last four innings, and got offensive contributions from the entire lineup, including home runs from Ryan Howard, John Mayberry, and Erik Kratz, en route to a 12-5 victory over the visiting Reds.
Phillies starter Roy Halladay had another weird outing, allowing four consecutive hits to start the game, with none of the first three struck particularly hard. Halladay would escape the first surrendering just two runs. The Phillies would answer back in the bottom of the frame, scoring their first run on an RBI hit from Ryan Howard.
Halladay would then settle in, not allowing another Reds hit until the fifth inning, when Cincinnati would tack on three runs. He would finish seven full innings, allowing 10 hits, striking out just three and walking one. The Phillies battered Reds starter Mike Leake to the tune of seven runs and 10 hits in 4.1 innings.
The Phillies scored their second and third runs thanks to solo homers from Howard and Kratz, and would trail 5-3 going into the bottom of the fifth, when the team would score four runs, capped by a Domonic Brown two-RBI double. They'd add three more in the sixth, thanks to a Chase Utley sacrifice fly and a two run laser of a home run from John Mayberry, to take a 10-5 lead, and would score single runs in the seventh and eighth to conclude the evening's scoring festivities.
On the "encouraging signs" tip, a strong eighth inning performance from Antonio Bastardo, who struck out Scott Rolen and Xavier Paul after allowing a hard infield single to Jay Bruce. Also, a hitless ninth inning from Josh Lindblom.
Gamegraph of fun after the jump...