Reds 6, Phillies 4
Game 55 - Thursday Night, June 4th in Philadelphia
Record - 21-34
One Sentence Summary: There was no late inning comeback in this game for the Phillies, as they fell to the Reds, 6-4.
What It Means: The modest two game winning streak is over and the Giants come to town tonight for a three-game weekend series. Things could get ugly.
What Happened: Aaron Harang struggled for the first time this season, allowing six runs (five earned) on six hits and five walks in 5 2/3 innings. The wheels came off for Harang after a controversial call at the plate allowed the Reds to break a 2-2 tie in the fifth. Carlos Ruiz was ruled to have obstructed the plate on a play at home when he didn't provide a path for Reds pitcher Anthony DeScalafani within the base path. It's a dumb rule.
Featured Card/Transaction: Following the game, reliever Jake Diekman was optioned to Triple-A Lehigh Valley. A corresponding a roster move will be made before tonight's game. Diekman had been one of the team's best relievers last season, but he's struggling mightily this season. He pitched a scoreless 1 1/3 innings in this game to lower his 2015 ERA to 6.75.