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.