Phillies 10, Reds 7
Not a good start for left-hander Jeremy Affeldt. His line: 3 1/3 IP, nine hits, seven runs.
“Seventy pitches in 3 1/3 innings," Affeldt said. "That’s an embarrassing amount of pitches. Whatever I’m doing is not working. . . Pitching like I’m pitching, I’m not going to win a spot in the rotation."
Affeldt was asked if he's worried, given that he's competing for a spot in the rotation.
"It's not about being worried," he said. "It's about going out executing pitches for more than one inning. If I want to be a starter, I've got to be able to execute for six or seven innings."
The Reds will have to make a decision on whether to keep preparing Affeldt as a start shortly.
"There will come a day," Dusty Baker said. "I don't know when that day is yet. We have to see what we need and what's going on with him."
In the second inning, Wes Helms tripled off center field wall and scored on Carlos Ruiz's double. Greg Golson followed with an infield single. Casey Smith then hit one out to left to make it 4-0.
Affeldt gave up another run and three more hits in the third.
The Reds rallied in the third. Paul Bako and Chris Dickerson singled with one out. They moved up on Corey Patterson's groundout. Juan Castro singled them both in. Junior Griffey walked. Brandon Phillips' two-run double made it 5-4. Adam Dunn and Edwin Encarnacion walked to load the bases. But Joey Votto struck out on three pitches.
Affeldt gave up two more in the fourth.
Andy Green homered for the Reds in the sixth. Adam Rosales doubled in a run in the seventh.
Gary Majewski gave up two runs in the ninth after pitching a scoreless eighth.