Phillies manager Pete Mackanin called for a little powwow after his club suffered a 5-2 loss to the Cincinnati Reds on Friday night (see Instant Replay). The loss was the Phillies' 21st in the last 26 games. Cincinnati starting pitcher Tim Adleman entered the game with a 6.19 ERA, but he pitched like an ace in holding the Phillies to just a first-inning single over his eight shutout innings (see story).
The Cleveland Indians will unveil the Frank Robinson statue in Heritage Park at Progressive Field on Saturday, commemorating his career as one of baseball's pioneers. Robinson, now 81, became the first African-American manager in major league history on April 8, 1975, as a player-manager for the Indians. He served two years in that capacity and as the Indians' manager alone in 1977. Robinson played 21 seasons in the majors for the Cincinnati Reds, Baltimore Orioles, Los Angeles Dodgers, Angels and Indians. He hit 586 home runs -- 10th all-time -- and was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1982. Robinson also managed for the San Francisco Giants, Baltimore Orioles, Montreal Expos and Washington
Aaron Nola struggled and the Phillies' offense slumbered in a 5-2 loss to the Cincinnati Reds on Friday night at Citizens Bank Park. The Phillies had just one hit through eight innings and three overall in losing for the 21st time in the last 26 games. They scored both of their runs in the ninth inning. Over their last six games, five of which have been losses, the Phillies have been held to three hits four times. The Phillies have scored just nine runs in their last six games. Nola came off the disabled list and pitched seven innings of one-run ball Sunday in Pittsburgh. He failed to build on that outing against a Cincinnati club that entered the game with nine losses in its previous 12 games.