Phillies 5, Reds 3: 'Up, away' and it's over
That's how Javy Valentin described the pitch home plate umpire Hunter Wendelstedt called him out on to end Monday's game.
I've got to agree with Valentin. If it's close with tying run at second, Valentin is hacking.
"I looked at the replay," he said. "It was a bad pitch. No way I can put that ball in play."
The Phillies beat the Reds 5-3 Monday in the wrap-up of the seven-game, season-opening homestand. The Reds finished the stand 4-3.
"5-2 sounds a lot better," Dusty Baker said. "But it's over. There's nothing we can do about it."
The Reds got the tying runs in scoring position in the ninth against Philly closer Brad Lidge. Paul Bako walked with two outs. Corey Patterson reached on So Taguchi's two-base error. Ken Griffey Jr., on the bench for the day, pinch hit for Ryan Freel. He was intentionally walked after getting ahead 3-1. Valentin was then sent up to hit for Juan Castro. With Valentin at the plate, Lidge threw a wild pitch. Bako socred, Patterson went to third and Griffey to second. Valetin took a called third on a 3-2 pitch.
"You know Javy's not going to take a 3-2 fastball," Baker said.
They were behind from the start in this one. Bronson Arroyo gave up a leadoff home run to Jimmy Rollins. Arroyo got two easy outs, then gave up a double to Ryan Howard and two-run bomb to Pat Burrell.
Reds scored 2 in the first. Ryan Freel doubled, Juan Castro walked. Freel stole third and Castro moved to second when the ball got through third baseman Pedro Feliz. Freel scored on Brandon Phillips groundout. Jeff Keppinger singled Castro in.
Arroyo got two quick outs in the third and then gave solo shots to Burrell and Geoff Jenkins.
Arroyo's line: 5 2/3 innings, 9 hits, 5 runs, 0 walks, 6 Ks. The four home runs, obviously, ruined his day.
Jeremy Affeldt did a nice job in relief of Arroyo. Affeldt stranded two runners in the sixth and then pitched a 1-2-3 seventh.
Philly lefty Cole Hamels was excellent. His line: 7 IP, 5 hits, 2 runs, 1 earned run, 3 walks, 4 Ks.