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Reds-Phillies suspended in 9th tied 0-0
Wednesday, April 17, 2013 11:00 AM
CINCINNATI (AP) - Manager Dusty Baker doesn't see it as a wasted evening, even though there was no final outcome. A day later, his Reds will have the first chance to come out as the eventual winner.
The Reds and Philadelphia Phillies managed only two singles apiece on Tuesday night, staying scoreless until their game was suspended because of heavy rain in the middle of the ninth inning.
The game will be picked up at the same point on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m., before the teams play the finale of their series no earlier than 7:10 p.m.
Phillies reliever Phillippe Aumont was warming up to start the bottom of the ninth when heavy rain prompted the umpires to call for the tarp. They decided to suspend it after 43 minutes with more rain headed for the area.
Aumont will have to face at least one batter. Shortstop Zack Cozart - who had one of Cincinnati's two hits - was due up.
"Maybe the first batter will hit a home run and win," Reds starter Homer Bailey said.
Left-hander Aroldis Chapman pitched the top of the ninth and retired the three Phillies he faced. Chapman has allowed only three hits and no runs in his eight appearances. He has fanned 13 in 7 1-3 innings.
Baker declined to say who would follow Chapman to the mound if the game goes extra innings.
"It'll be strange getting the first at-bat at home," Baker said. "I hope we win it before we get there (the 10th inning). It doesn't matter. They've got the heart of their lineup coming up. We're starting off even."
Pitchers dominated on a rainy night. A storm moved through after both teams finished batting practice and delayed the start of the game by 1 hour, 20 minutes. Rain returned intermittently and became steady in the fifth inning, then heavy in the ninth.
Bailey and Philadelphia's Kyle Kendrick were stingy, allowing a pair of singles apiece before leaving. They got strikeouts and let their infielders do the rest of the work.
It was a virtual day off for the outfielders, with a total of only four fly outs through the first six innings.
"You have to have a lot of respect for Kyle Kendrick," Bailey said. "That's the way it goes in a 0-0 game. It helps you stay sharp. It makes it easier to stay focused."
Bailey gave up two singles, didn't walk a batter and matched his career high with 10 strikeouts.
"We can build off that," Baker said. "We didn't waste it. He saved our bullpen and that can give him and us great confidence. You only waste it if you lose."
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