The Phillies go for a three-game sweep of the Reds this afternoon at Citizens Bank Park. The Phils, led by a stellar outing from Nick Pivetta, shut down the Reds on Saturday, 4-1.
Pivetta tossed a complete game in the win, the first of his career. Jay Bruce also contributed in the victory and is now the third player with at least four homers and 11 RBIs through his first five games with a team dating back to 1920.
Home Sweet Home
The Phillies enter Sunday having won 22 of their 33 games at Citizens Bank Park this season. The .667 winning percentage ranks sixth in baseball. The club has won eight of 11 series’ at home this year.
Aaron Nola looks to improve after a rough outing this past week in San Diego where he tossed just 5 1/3 innings in a loss. He surrendered six runs on eight hits and walked three. For the year, he’s 3-0 in eight starts at Citizens Bank Park with a 3.43 ERA.
The Reds, meanwhile, counter with veteran Sonny Gray who will be making his first career start against the Phillies. He tossed five innings in his last start this past Sunday against Washington, surrendering two runs on five hits.
BY PATRICK GORDON