The Phillies beat the Reds 7-5 for their third straight win, on the backs of spot starter Cristopher Sánchez and catcher J.T. Realmuto. While the Phils were taking care of business, Bryce Harper continued mashing in his rehab assignment, going 3-5 with a walk-off double.
The Phillies were all over Reds’ starter T.J. Zeuch, roughing him up for six earned runs over only 2.2 innings. Realmuto crushed a third inning solo shot, while Matt Vierling, Kyle Schwarber, Rhys Hoskins and Alec Bohm all tallied runs batted in as well. Vierling added a triple in the seventh inning, and was later driven in to make it a 7-4 ball game.
The pitching for the Phillies was just as solid as the hitting, as Cristopher Sánchez threw 6.0 strong frames of three run ball, punching out a career-high seven Reds. Nick Nelson and Connor Brogdon surrendered one run each, but the game was never in much doubt. Closer David Robertson ran into a bit of trouble after defensive replacement Yairo Muñoz dropped an easy fly ball in left field. However, all’s well that ends well as Robertson was able to keep the Reds off the board and secure the third straight win for a streaking Phillies club.
Out in Lehigh Valley, Bryce Harper continued dominating Triple-A pitching in his rehab assignment, going 3-5 with a pair of doubles. In fact, his second two-bagger came in walk-off fashion, sealing a win for the Iron Pigs over the Atlanta Braves’ affiliate Gwinnett Stripers.