The Reds and Phillies will play the finale of their three-game series on Wednesday night at Great American Ball Park, but first they will have to finish their pitching duel from Tuesday night.
That game was suspended in the middle of the ninth inning, deadlocked at 0-0, and play will resume at 5:30 p.m. ET. Both teams have two hits, all singles, with starters Kyle Kendrick and Homer Bailey combining for 15 scoreless innings before giving way to the bullpens. Aroldis Chapman threw a perfect top of the ninth for the Reds, and fellow lefty Phillipe Aumont was set to enter the bottom of the frame for the Phillies to face Zack Cozart, Joey Votto and Brandon Phillips.
Cincinnati is looking for a second straight win after dropping five in a row, while Philadelphia is gunning for a fifth victory in seven games.
Once the suspended game is decided, the Reds' Mike Leake and the Phillies' John Lannan will take the mound for the teams' regularly scheduled contest.
Leake will be trying to correct not only his struggles this season, but also the ones he has experienced throughout his career against the Phillies. The right-hander is 0-3 with a 9.33 ERA in five starts when matched up with Philadelphia, which hammered him for 13 runs in 6 2/3 innings over two outings last year.
Leake has a 6.75 ERA in two starts this season without having factored in a decision, allowing 16 hits and six walks in 12 innings. He surrendered five runs in his first two innings against Pittsburgh on Friday but managed to rebound with four scoreless frames after that.
"They put me in battle mode right away, unfortunately," Leake said. "Luckily, right before it was too late, I was able to kind of gather some things together and fight them off for a few more innings."
Lannan owns a 2.77 ERA in two outings, both quality starts, but has no record as well. On Friday, he limited the Marlins to one run on three hits in six innings in Miami.
The veteran left-hander, in his first season with the Phillies, hasn't faced the Reds since 2009. He has given up seven earned runs in 11 2/3 career innings at Great American Ball Park.
Phillies: Revere's spot in lineup not set in stone
• Leadoff hitter Ben Revere started Tuesday's game 0-for-4, dropping his average to .207 and his on-base percentage to .258. Beforehand, manager Charlie Manuel indicated he might be willing to make a change at the top of the lineup.
"I'm not really committed," Manuel said. "I look at [the lineup] every day and I try to find the best lineup we can win with. What the hell are we going to do?"
• If the Phillies can't score during the remainder of the suspended game, that would give them eight total runs over their past five contests. It would be the seventh time this season the club scored two runs or fewer.
Reds: Baker not stretching Chapman
• Chapman pitched the ninth inning on Tuesday, and that's likely where he will stay, as manager Dusty Baker said before the game he won't consider using the fireballer in the eighth.
That assertion was in reference to the Reds' loss on Monday, when left-handed hitting Chase Utley smacked a game-tying two-run homer with two outs in the eighth off starter Bronson Arroyo. Chapman wasn't warming up at the time, and for now, he won't be doing so in similar situations.
"As we get more into the season, you might do it," Baker said. "Right now, we've got to keep these guys strong."
• The Reds are in danger of suffering their second shutout of the season. Last year, they went scoreless four times total, and not until May 18.
• Fans with tickets to Tuesday's game will need to exchange them for Wednesday night's game only, with seat location subject to availability. Fans who exchange their tickets can watch both the conclusion of the first game as well as the second, which will begin no earlier than 7:10 p.m. Gates will open at 4:30 p.m.
Although Tuesday was "Bark at the Park" night, pets will not be admitted on Wednesday.
• Coincidentally, Lannan has thrown 92 pitches, including 59 strikes, in both of his starts.
• Ryan Howard is 6-for-12 with two home runs against Leake.