Reds pound the Phillies 6-1

March 12, 2008 8:09:25 PM PDT
Bronson Arroyo allowed one run over four innings as Cincinnati hit three home runs to beat the Phillies 6-1 on Wednesday. Arroyo mastered a Phillies offense that was only missing centerfielder Shane Victorino from its projected opening day lineup, getting through the first eight hitters in perfection.

"Everybody threw the ball good," Reds manager Dusty Baker said. "Bronson was very good and he had better velocity than I've seen."

Left-hander Bill Bray, who appeared in his first game after battling a sore left shoulder, worked one inning, allowed on hit and struck out one on 13 pitches.

Three straight singles in the third by Carlos Ruiz, Jimmy Rollins and Greg Dobbs put the Phillies on the scoreboard for the only time. The Reds out-hit the Phillies 12-5 and used the long ball to score five of their six runs.

Jerry Hairston Jr. hit a solo shot in the third, Scott Hatteberg had two-run homer in the fourth and Craig Tatum hit a two-run homer in the seventh.

The Phillies lost despite playing defending National League Most Valuable Player Rollins, Chase Utley and 2006 National League MVP Ryan Howard for the entire game.

"I think that it's about time for us to start allowing them to play a full game," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said. "We're not hitting the ball good. One of our guys will put good wood on it every now and again but we're not consistent."

The Reds claimed left-handed pitcher Jose Chaplain off of waivers from San Francisco. . . . The Reds out righted left-handed pitcher Alexander Smite to Single-A Sarasota and optioned right-handed pitcher Rich Gardner and left-handed pitcher Tyler Palled to Triple-A Louisville . . . The Reds reassigned catcher Chris Kiosk, left-handed pitcher Matt Mallory and left-handed pitcher Adam Pettyjohn to minor league camp . . . Kyle Kendrick will throw in a minor league game Friday for the Phillies. "Kyle doesn't have to prove nothing to me," manager Charlie Manuel said of the struggling pitcher. "It will take more than a bad spring for him to lose his job." . . . Phillies closer Brad Lidge threw a bullpen session and thinks a return from arthroscopic surgery by Opening Day is more than realistic. . . . Kris Benson will throw in a Triple-A minor league game against Toronto in Dunedin. . . . Cole Hamels missed his scheduled minor league start due to a bout with the flu. . . . Adam Eaton threw a successful bullpen session and is set to throw in a minor league game on Friday. . . . Right-hander Lincoln Holdzkom has cleared waivers and is a free agent. Holdzkom was selected by the Phillies in MLB's Rule 5 Draft this past December.