Phillies 8, Reds 1
The Phillies beat the Reds 8-1 in the spring opener.
Gary Majewski got ripped in the fifth: He gave up hits to six of the seven batters he faced. He left with one out and two runners on. Jon Coutlangus followed and gave up a three-run homer. That was the ball game.
Majewski's line: 1/3 IP, 6 hits, 6 runs. That's a 162.16 ERA.
"We're here to find out some things," Dusty Baker said. "We left some people out there longer than we normally would. That's what we're here for."
Adam Rosales got the Reds on the board with a home run in the seventh. Who is Adam Rosales, you ask? The Reds 12th-round pick in the 2005 draft. He combined to hit .286 with 41 doubles, 11 triples, 18 home runs and 79 RBI at Sarasota and Chattanooga.
Jeremy Affledt looked good vs. Jimmy Rollins, Shane Victorino and Chase Utley in the first. He struck out Utley. He's got some pop on his fastball. No radar readout at Bright House, however.
The second didn't go so smoothly. Ryan Howard led off with a double to center. Pat Burrel followed with a single. Howard scored on Geoff Jenkins' double play. Pedro Feliz singled. Joey Votto made a nice play on Wes Helms hard-hit grounder to end the inning. That was it for Affeldt: 2 IP, 1 run or 3 hits, 1 strikeout.
“I’m a guy who doesn’t like to get into jams,” Affeldt siad. “But to get into one and get out it is nice. I had a good time.”
Jay Bruce singled with two outs in the second. That was extent of the offense for the Reds through three innings. Ancient Jamie Moyer had them a bit baffled.
Jim Brower took over for Affeldt and worked a 1-2-3 third, striking out one. Jared Burton followed Brower and pitched perfect fourth, striking out one.
Majewski's disaster followed.
Todd Coffey came in after Coutlangus and worked a perfect sixth. Jon Adkins worked a scoreless seventh, Brad Salmon the eighth.