Lance McAlister

Lance McAlister

Lance McAlister covers everything in Cincinnati sports! Host of sports talk on Cincinnati News Radio 700WLW and ESPN 1530!Full Bio


Reds commit four errors, fall to Phillies 9-4

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Phillies 9 Reds 4

Quick Cap: It was the Bryce Harper Show Tuesday night…..and an embarrassing display of defense by Reds shortstop Elly De La Cruz. Harper, who entered 0 for 11, clubbed three home runs, including a grand slam to bust things open in the 7th and the Phillies beat the Reds 9-4. Graham Ashcraft deserved better. The Reds defense committed four errors, including three by De La Cruz. 

Unacceptable: Elly’s first error was a lazy wrist flip throw on a routine two-out bouncer up the middle. It cost them a run. The second came on a hot dog backhand glove flip attempt on a DP ball a good 15 feet from 2nd base. It was part of a five run 7th. I would have removed him from the game. His third error came when he charged and booted a grounder in the 8th.

Graham Ashcraft: 6 IN, 4 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 2 HR, 85 pitches/56 strikes. He needed just 64 pitches to get through five innings: 17-15-10-11-11. 21 pitch 6th. Harper reached him twice for homers. 6th: Tre Turner singled, advanced on wild pitch, scored on Elly’s 2-out error.

Spencer Turnbull handled the Reds: 5 IN, 3 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 7 K, 83 pitches/56 strikes. He posted a 7.26 ERA last season. Ricardo Pinto tossed four innings in his first MLB appearance since 2019. He entered with an 8.44 career ERA. 


Spencer Steer: 3 H

Will Benson ripped another RBI 2B. He entered the night w/ an average exit velocity of 101.6mph on batted balls, that’s compared to 90.2 a year ago. 

Whiff: One night after 17 K, the Reds struck out 11 more times, without drawing a walk.

Good D/Bad D: Jake Fraley had a nice running catch. CES a beauty of a stretch at 1B. Benson robbed Harper of extra bases and saved a run with a spectacular catch. CES made a diving catch of a soft liner into foul territory. Four errors: Ashcraft, 3 Elly


Suter: 0.1 IN, 3 H, 5 R, 4 ER, BB, HR

Farmer: 1.2, HR ….13 HR over last 76.2 IN.

Frame job: It’s pretty impressive how far Tyler Stephenson has come at framing pitches and stealing strikes.

How they scored:

B3: Benson 2-out RBI 2B, 1-1

B8: Steer scored on throwing error, 8-2

B9: Steer RBI infield single, 9-3, Martine SF, 9-4

Miserable: It was misty, windy and cold, from the first pitch. 

Change in plans: Wednesday’s game has been moved from 1:05 pm to 4:05 pm.

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