Losses, in general, aren’t fun. If a team is going to lose, you’d probably rather they get blown out early so that you can move on with your night and watch something else.
Losing in extra innings? That’s particularly painful. The team probably had a few chances to win it, but in the end, it wasn’t worth it. It makes you feel like you’ve wasted your evening.
This was one of those games.
While the offense had its ups - Jay Bruce is on fire, Rhys snapped out of it after moving down in the lineup - there are still some issues at hand. Worse yet, they lost Did Gregorius and Neil Walker on the same night.
The Phillies had a few chances to win this game. Bruce homered again in the second inning giving them the lead. Vince Velasquez gave that lead back in the bottom of the third on a two-run shot by Mike Moustakas, but Bruce struck again with his National League leading 7th home run in the top of the sixth.
Then the dagger. In the top of the eighth, Bruce walked, Hoskins was hit by a pitch and Logan Forsythe singled, loading the bases. Cody Reed came in in relief and promptly struck out Adam Haseley, Andrew Knapp and Jean Segura. The Reed Curse lives on.
That was the closest the Phillies got.
In the 13th inning, Deolis Guerra started the innings by allowing a single to Derek Dietrich. Nick Pivetta came in to relieve, but allowed singles to Freddy Galvis and Joel Kuhnel to give the Reds the victory, five hours and one minute after the first pitch.
Aaron Nola goes tomorrow as the team hopes to split the series in the Queen City before they move to Milwaukee.