The Miserable Existence of the Cincinnati Reds (in Philadelphia)

As if it weren’t bad enough to spend 81 days in Cincinnati (that sounds like a forthcoming Michael Moore documentary- the plight of… um, what do they make there?), the Reds also have to make their yearly pilgrimage to the city that hates them back.

The Philllies have won 11 of their last 12 games against the Reds at Citizens Bank Park. 11-of-12. The streak started with a 4-3 win on July 8th, 2009. That was the third game of a four game series. The Phillies had won the opening game, 22-1. The next day, they lost, 4-3, but began their consecutive sellout streak, which is, obviously, still ongoing.

They went on to win the final game of that series, 6-4. But that was just the beginning. It really started getting funner last July.

One year to the day of that 4-3 win, the Phillies opened a four game set against the Reds. What has happened since has been nothing short of incredible.

July 8th, 2010

Phillies 4, Reds 3


Things didn’t start off well for our Ohioan friends. While covering first early in the game, Johnny Cueto took a ball flush to the nuts. Not only that, but he also somehow managed to grab Shane Victorino’s cup, all as part of an odd play that allowed Jimmy Rollins to score. Victorino, of course, was picked off on the next play, but the damage had been done. Cueto was doubled over in pain and the Phillies had the lead, 2-1.

They would go on to win the game, 4-3, thanks to a Brian Schneider walk-off in the 12th inning.


July 9th, 2010

Phillies 9, Reds 7

Sounds innocent enough, no? No.

Down 7-1 in the bottom of the ninth, with two men on and one man having already scored, Greg Dobbs came to the plate. Greg. Dobbs. Boom: Home run. 7-5.

After a walk to Ben Francisco, Cody Fucking Ransom stepped into the box. Boom: Home run. 7-7.

The score would remain that way until the bottom of the 11th… when The Big Piece inserted himself into the chalky white box next to Reds catcher Corky Miller. Boom: Oppo Boppo (do we capitalize that?). Phils win, 9-7.


July 10th, 2010

Phillies 1, Reds 0

Surely if Reds rookie Travis Wood took a perfect game into the ninth inning against Roy Hallday, the Reds would emerge victorious, no? No.

Carlos Ruiz promptly broke up Wood’s bid for history with a double to center field. He would remain stranded on third base to end the inning, however.

The score remained 0-0 until the the bottom of the 11th. Ruiz again stepped to the plate… and doubled- again. Two batters later, after the Reds walked pitcher Wilson Valdez and got Ross Gload to fly out, Jimmy Rollins singled in Ruiz. Phils win, 1-0.


July 11th, 2010

Phillies 1, Reds 0

By the time the final game of the four-game set rolled around, the Reds were busy suffering from victim’s remorse and trying to figure out if it was something they did. Maybe they shouldn’t have served dinner cold? Didn’t matter. The Phils won again, 1-0, thanks to 7 2/3 innings of shutout ball from Colbert Hamels (who would throw a complete game shutout against the Reds in Game 3 of the NLDS).


Oh hey… speaking of the NLDS, the Red were back in Philly on October 6th, 2010

Phillies 4, Reds 0


Um, yeah, Roy Halladay threw only the second no-hitter in postseason history.


October 8th, 2010

Phillies 7, Reds 4

After taking 4-0 lead in Game 2 of the series, the Reds looked poised – no, no, destined – to send the series back to Cincy tied at one game a piece. No? No.

The Phillies scored two runs in the fifth, added another in the sixth, then Rollins smoked a 100 M.P.H. pitch from Aroldis Chapman into right field… Jay Bruce lost it in the lights and two runs scored. 5-4 Phillies. They tacked on two more runs and won, 7-4. Hamels would sew the series up with the aforementioned complete game shutout.


May 23rd, 2011

Phillies 10, Reds 3


Coming into CBP with revenge on their minds, the Reds would face the Phillies, who essentially hadn’t hit the ball in 10 days. Of course, they arrived just in time to welcome back Mr. Chaseton Utley. The Phillies touched up rockstar Bronson Arroyo for nine runs in 2 2/3 innings. Hamels got the win – again – and so did the Phils, 10-3.


May 24th, 2011

Reds 6, Phillies 3



May 25h and 26th, 2011

Phillies 5, Reds 4


Halladay, ace, surrendered a 3-0 lead. With the score tied, 3-3, in the top of the 10th, the Reds went up one, with a home run by the redemptive Jay Bruce. In the bottom of the inning, The Big Piece entered the batter’s box. Boom: home run. Tie game.

The Phillies would shut the Reds down with the arms of Kyle Kendrick, J.C. Romero, David Herndon, Danys Baez, and WILSON VALDEZ, before winning the game in the bottom of the 19th inning.

Valdez, who started the game in the field, got the win. He became the first player to do that since Babe Ruth, in 1921.


May 26th, 2011

Phillies 10, Reds 4

Just hours after history, the Reds quickly fell behind, 4-0. For the second game in a row, against another ace, they came back to tie the game.

It didn’t last.

The Phillies quickly regained their lead. In the bottom of the sixth, Cliff Lee – this multi-trick pony – smoked a bases loaded double that bounced over the center field fence. 6-4 Phillies. With another run on the board, Lee again came to the plate in the seventh and lined a single into center field, scoring John Mayberry Jr. 8-4 Phillies.They would add two more runs, winning the game, 10-4. It marked the 11th time in 12 games at CBP that the Phillies beat the Reds.


Nut shots, come from behind wins, blown perfect games, no-hitters, unlikely heroes, star returns, pitching hitters and hitting pitchers… just another day with the wacky, and wonderful, Cincinnati Reds.



34 Responses

  1. Poor K.
    By not understanding the context of using the word “funner,” you have just revealed yourself to be a bandwagon fan.
    How’s that feel?

  2. K, you idiot, that’s a reference to a Roy Halladay quote. Before you go bashing, know your Phillies, son.

  3. K, that’s as bad as the people who still write in asking what the B on the uniform stands for! Move along, please…

  4. I live in Philly, from Cincinnati, and was NEVER a Reds fan… but in defense of my hometown and in response to “um, what do they make there?” Cincinnati does make the best Chili ever…
    for real… it’s life-changing…

  5. Hey its the internet…you can say “funner” if you want…anyone else trying to correct someone on the internet is fucking retarded.

  6. K would also like to know why everyone boos Carlos Ruiz whenever he does something

  7. I was lucky enough to have been at all 4 of those games last year. The Halladay v T. Wood game was probably the most exciting because Wood was perfect through 8 and Halladay had a no-no through 8. I have been to lots of baseball games before and have never seen anything like that before (the 19 inning game is right up there next to it). Such an exciting sries filled with walk-off wins.
    I love the use of “funner” and saying “Reds walked pitcher Wilson Valdez” Hahaha brilliant.

  8. Seriously, what Phils fan does not know what funner means? And also, why do we boo Ibanez?

  9. I have never been so tired then after 19 innings at CBP. K, you really are an idiot btw. cant get enough of the ‘pitcher Wilson Valdez’. great post Kyle

  10. “K would also like to know why everyone boos Carlos Ruiz whenever he does something”
    this made me laugh so hard hahahaha
    way to go K

  11. The best thing about staying at CBP until 1:30 to see all 19 innings of that reds game? That people like “K” went home after last call in the 7th.

  12. “reds walked pitcher wilson valdez” it is supposed to mean that he was in the pitchers spot, and or… context clue to 2 nights ago lols

  13. I’m not sure what’s better…the article and timeline of Reds domination or everyone jumping on K.

  14. Okay, giving the benefit of the doubt here, maybe folks are just new fans — a welcome might be in order. Ruiz’s nickname is Chooch. What folks are doing is not booing but saying “chooooooooch” — kind of like Ibanez is Raul, so you hear “raoooooool” when he comes up. And, yes, having spent all 19 innings at the bank and being part of history — I think they should have given us t-shirts on the way out to prove it. All sorts of people said they were there, but there were many of us who lived to tell the tale. Great game!!!

  15. What I love about the Phillies fans is how many people did stay until the very end. I myself feel like a quitter because I fell asleep watching it at home.
    And I have a “It’s funner in Philadelphia” shirt which I have had to explain to non-Phillies fans.

  16. im from Philly, i live in CO now, sometimes its hard to follow Philly sports out here, but my loyalty still lives with Philly.. i know who chooch is, i never did hear whats up with the B, but thanks for keeping me updated.. im not on the band wagon just a little deprived on game coverage and news but i have my ticket for Aug.1st right behind the Phillies dugout..

Comments are closed.