It was about to happen.
The Reds broke a 6-game losing streak, an 8-game losing streak against the Phillies and a 9-game losing streak at Citizens Bank Park.
Madson, a perfect 7-for-7 in saves, saw his scoreless inning streak end at 13 when the Reds won the game with 3 in the ninth. In 22 outings this season, he’s given up runs only twice. The loss was his first since 8/22/10 against the Astros. He’s certainly been lights out for a long, long time.
So, the series moves on to the final two games, Wednesday night (Doc) and Thursday afternoon (Cliff). Wednesday’s game will be on ESPN.
After a frigid 4-45 stretch, Chooch is now a red-hot 5-6 . . . Phillies have 10 extra-base hits in their last 2 games after having only 12 in the 10 previous games . . . Happy Birthday Dave Hollins (45).
1935: Babe Ruth has a last hurrah, hitting 3 home runs in Pittsburgh. The final one (#714) is the first to clear the right field grandstand at Forbes Field and is measured at 600 feet.
1951: New York Giants rookie, Willie Mays, who was hitting .477 in AAA, goes 0-5 against the Phillies in his major league debut.
Down On The Farm
Lehigh Valley had its 6-game winning streak end with a doubleheader loss to Gwinnett . . . 3B Cody Overbeck hit his 13th homer, most in the organization, in a 5-2 Reading loss to Trenton . . . After losing 2-1 at Jupiter in 23 innings the day before, Clearwater lost by the same score in 9 innings . . . Lakewood was idle.