Myers sharp in Phillies' win over Reds

March 16, 2008 4:11:43 PM PDT
Brett Myers had an encouraging tuneup for his opening day start, allowing five hits over seven innings in the Philadelphia Phillies' 6-2 win over the Cincinnati Reds on Sunday. Before spring games began, manager Charlie Manuel picked Myers as his opening day starter over Cole Hamels. Myers also pitched the opener last season, but moved to the bullpen after three starts because of injuries.

With Hamels in the rotation and Myers in the bullpen, the Phillies made the playoffs last season. Manuel likes the idea of having both of them at the front of the rotation this time around.

Myers allowed five singles and two runs Sunday. Ken Griffey Jr. singled home a pair of runs in the sixth, his second hit off Myers.

"Myers is right where we want him to be," Manuel said. "I liked his command, control. He mixed his pitches up. He did a good job."

The Reds got another impressive performance from right-hander Edinson Volquez, who allowed three hits and one walk in five scoreless innings. Volquez, obtained from Texas as part of the trade for outfielder Josh Hamilton, is one of a large group of pitchers vying for a spot in a wide-open rotation.

"Volquez was awesome," manager Dusty Baker said. "It was an awesome display. Their hitters were talking. They couldn't pick up his pitches. He is just what the scouts said he was when they traded Hamilton for him."

Volquez and right-hander Johnny Cueto have made strong bids to fill out a rotation that features Aaron Harang and Bronson Arroyo as the only constants.

"They're pitching right there with Harang and Arroyo," Baker said. "It's not their velocity so much, but their command. They're cool, confident and having fun."

The Phillies scored three runs in the seventh off Gary Majewski, who allowed a pair of hits and a pair of walks while retiring two batters. Philadelphia loaded the bases on an error, Greg Dobbs' double and an infield single.

Majewski walked Eric Bruntlett and Ray Olmedo before Todd Coffey relieved and threw a wild pitch to let in the third run.

Chris Snelling had a two-run single in the ninth off Brad Salmon.

Notes: Reds C Javier Valentin returned after missing one game. He was hit in the shoulder by a foul ball on Friday. ... Harang, who will start for the Reds on opening day, pitched in a minor league game on Sunday morning. ... The Reds assigned INF Adam Rosales to the minor league camp.