June 6: Phillies (25-34) 8, Reds (27-32) 0
The Philadelphia Phillies scored eight runs behind a dominant start by Cole Hamels to sent themselves to a 8-0 shutout win against the Cincinnati Reds. The Reds got just five hits in the game against Hamels as the lefty went 7.2 frames in the win.
Both Hamels and Reds’ starter Johnny Cueto were dealing to start the game. Cueto gave up just one hit in the first three frames before getting hit hard in the top of the fourth.
In the fourth, Cueto got himself into trouble as walked three consecutive batters with one away in the inning. He hit Utley with a pitch, walked Ryan Howard on seven pitches and then hit Marlon Byrd. Thankfully for him, he recorded the second out of the frame by picking off Utley from first. Unfortunately for him, Dominic Brown doubled home a pair of runs, and John Mayberry added an RBI hit with a single to left to give the Phils a 3-0 lead.
In the fifth, Jimmy Rollins then added to Philly’s lead with a solo home run to right field. He was first-pitch swinging against Cueto as he belted a slider to right field to extend the lead to four.
The seventh inning gave the Reds their best chance to score against Hamels, but Ryan Ludwick was gunned out at home for the second out of the inning to end Cincy’s hopes of getting on the board.
In the top of the ninth, already leady by four, the Phillies added four more runs to put the game completely out of reach. Philly got a pair of sacrifice flies from Utley and Brown, and a fielding error by Frazier to help plate home the rest of the game’s offense.
Closer Jonathan Papelbon came in in the ninth to get some work done as he set down the Reds in order for an easy 1-2-3 finish to the game.
Cueto got the loss in the game – giving up four runs and six hits in five innings. He struck out five and walked one.
Meanwhile, Hamels earned his second win of the season with his spectacular 7.2 frames on the hill. He didn’t allow a run and fanned seven in the victory.