Reds 3, Phillies 0
Game 39 - Friday Night, May 16th in Philadelphia
Record - 17-22
One Sentence Summary: The Phillies were shut out for the second game in a row, as the Reds rode a first inning, three-run home run to a 3-0 victory.
What It Means: The team's 17-22 record marks their worst start to a season since 2005. They're now a season low five games under .500.
What Happened: Kyle Kendrick allowed two quick soft singles to start the game and then surrendered a three-run home run to Devin Mesoraco. He settled in to eventually retire 15 in a row, but the Phillies offense couldn't overcome the early deficit. Domonic Brown went 0 for 4 to drop his average this season to .214, while John Mayberry, Jr. went 0 for 3 and is now hitting .125.
One positive note - Chase Utley had two more hits to raise his average to .347.
Featured Card: Reds starting pitcher Alfredo Simon completely baffled the Phillies, striking out eight and allowing just five hits in his 7 2/3 innings of work. Once upon a time, Simon, who was previously known as Carlos Cabrera (see the bottom of this post for reference) was a prospect in the Phillies system. This fairly awful card features Simon modeling the look I had throughout most of this game.
Field Report: Sadly, we were there. Including the Mike Trout homecoming game, the Phillies are now 1-3 in games I've attended this season. The ballpark was empty, reminding me of The Vet circa 1998 or so.