Dusty Baker has had enough. For whatever reason, his Reds struggle to win when they travel to Philadelphia. In fact, when the two teams take the field for the rubber match on Sunday, he'll seek his first series win on the road against the Phillies in his time as the Reds' manager.
"First thing, we have to beat these Phillies," Baker said. "I'm tired of them beating us here. I don't know how many games we've won. It doesn't seem like any the last three years."
Baker and his club made a statement, and may have vented a little steam in the process, with a 10-0 rout in Saturday's second game of the series.
Cincinnati went 3-9 in its previous three regular-season trips to Philadelphia. After splitting the first two games this weekend, the Reds head into Sunday with a 12-23 record at Citizens Bank Park since it opened in 2004.
Sunday's starter for the Reds can relate to Baker's frustrations. In five career starts at The Bank, Homer Bailey is 0-2 with a 5.92 ERA. Regardless of venue, Bailey is looking to beat the Phillies for the first time in seven career starts.
Bailey's last outing was arguably his best of the season, as he went the distance against the Marlins on Tuesday, giving up two runs while striking out 10 in a 6-2 win. Before dominating Miami, Bailey was 0-3 in his six starts since winning his first game of 2013.
His counterpart Sunday afternoon, Jonathan Pettibone, has yet to lose a Major League decision. Filling in for the injured John Lannan, Pettibone is 3-0 with a 3.41 ERA in his first five career starts. The 22-year-old right-hander surrendered two earned runs on four hits in 6 2/3 innings his last time out, a 6-2 win against the Indians on Tuesday.
The Phillies have been impressed with Pettibone's poise, and the 2008 third-round Draft pick said he's felt more comfortable each time he's taken the mound.
"Your confidence gets up each time out," Pettibone said. "You just kind of build off that. From there, I don't really know what's going to happen. All you can do is focus start to start and go from there."
Reds: Soto called up; Cingrani sent down
With Johnny Cueto slated to make his return from the DL on Monday, the Reds optioned left-hander Tony Cingrani to Triple-A Louisville. In return, Cincinnati brought up infielder Neftali Soto to add bench depth before bringing back Cueto.
As a first-base prospect, Soto hasn't had an opportunity for a big league callup, with Joey Votto manning that position for the Reds. As a result, the 24-year-old made his first Major League appearance when he entered Saturday's game as a defensive sub for Votto.
Baker said he doesn't know how long Soto, who is batting .269 with three homers and 16 RBIs for Louisville this season, will be with the club.
"He's here mainly for his bat," Baker said. "He's worked hard. He's quite an accomplished first baseman. He's here mainly to give us some quality at-bats from the right side. Maybe he'll win a game or two, because as tight as this race is going to be, a game or two might be all you need."
• Right fielder Jay Bruce extended his season-high hitting streak to nine games with a 2-for-4 performance on Saturday. On the way to putting together the longest current active streak on the team, Bruce has gone 15-for-37 (.405) with three home runs and 11 RBIs during that span.
Phillies: De Fratus efficient in limited time
Phillies reliever Justin De Fratus was called up on May 10 and has pitched in just three games this season, a total of 1 1/3 innings. Yet after tossing two-thirds of an inning on Friday, De Fratus now leads the Philadelphia bullpen in wins, with two. The 25-year-old right-hander has not allowed a baserunner while striking out one batter entering Sunday's series finale.
• If he's needed on Sunday, Phillies closer Jonathan Pabelbon will look to extend the National League's longest scoreless streak. Dating back to April 3, Pabelbon has not allowed a run in 16 2/3 innings, second to only White Sox pitcher Chris Sale in all of baseball. Papelbon also has yet to blow a save this season (8-for-8).
• A win Sunday would give the Reds their first series victory in Philadelphia since 2006.
• Saturday's loss brought the Phillies to 8-8 this month. They finished at .500 or better in May for the last 10 straight seasons.
Jeremy Warnemuende is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.