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John Fay has been the Reds beat writer for the Enquirer since 2001. Prior to that, he served in a variety of roles for the Enquirer: backup Reds writer, UC beat writer, backup Bengals writer and as a general assignment reporter. He is a Cincinnati native and a graduate of Elder High School and the University of Dayton.

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Tuesday, March 27, 2007

In progress: Phillies 6-2, Freel crashes, he's OK

The Phillies beat the Reds 6-2 in Clearwater.

The Phillies scored three runs off former Phil Rheal Cormier in the seventh. His ERA went from 1.50 to 5.14 with the outing. Dustin Hermanson gave up another run in the eighth.

Before the Cormier blow up, Jon Coutlangus made a very good case for himself.

Edwin Encarnacion hit a two-run homer to give the Reds the lead in the second. Kyle Lohse gave up a pair of solo shots to allow Philly to tie it.

Lohse went 4 1/3 innings, allowing the two runs on five hits. He walked one and struck out four. Coutlangus came in and struck out Chase Utley and Ryan Howard to leave the bases loaded.

The game had a scary moment early. Ryan Freel made an absolutely spectacular catch of a Aaron Rowand drive into left-center in the first. But Freel hit the wall very hard -- head first. Jerry Narron and the trainer came out. Freel was down for about two minutes before walking back to his position and throwing the ball in. He stayed in the game for the rest of the inning. The report is he has mid-right back spasms. He was sent back to Sarasota for treatment. You've got to love Freel's hustle but that's not a smart play six days before Opening Day.

Ken Griffey Jr. laid down a perfect bunt against the shift in the second. Encarnacion hit Jamie Moyer's next pitch out to left.

Lohse gave up a home run to Rod Barajas in the third and another to Pat Burrell in the fourth.

Lohse allowed a walk, a sacrifice, a single and hit batter in the fifth. The Reds brought on left-hander Coutlangus for a major test. He got Utley on a called third strike. He went 3-0 Howard. Check swing strike. Foul back. Called third strike.

A don't know if Coutlangus makes the team, but he certainly helped himself with those two Ks.


7 Comments:

at 9:09 PM Anonymous Patbut said...

Any chance someone can duck tape Freel to the bench for the next few days?

I missed saying hi at the deck last week when i wes in fla but it wasn't from the lack of being there - found a nice happy hour Noon-7 pm at the Beach Club - $1 draws and free hotdogs and popcorn - try it out

 
at 9:29 PM Blogger Justin said...

John,

What is going on with Mercker? The last I heard was that he wants to give it another shot, and he was in talks with the Reds. That was over a month ago. I can see where the REds would have no idea where he would fit in if he becomes healthy.

 
at 9:35 PM Blogger John Fay said...

Last I asked, he was going to wait until he got closer to being healthy to decide.

 
at 9:47 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey John,
I've been out of town for a while, but I was checking the box scores from the past few games and noticed Drew Stubbs is still in big league camp. Can you update me on what's going to happen with him and where he will start the season?

 
at 9:49 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

What's going on with Drew Stubbs? I've noticed he's still in big league camp. Is he going to be sent down to minor league camp soon?

 
at 9:51 PM Blogger John Fay said...

He's not in big league camp. He played in one big league game. My guess is goes to Dayton.

 
at 9:54 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

when the bullpen is healthy there is 9 for 7 spots with saarloos,weathers,stanton,majewski,bray,burton,cormier,burton and coffey....who goes ?

 
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