Cincinnati-Philadelphia: Phillies' Poor Pitching Responsible for Loss

Todd TranauskyCorrespondent IApril 6, 2008

The Phillies lost to the Cincinnati Reds 8-2 on Sunday afternoon at the Great American Ballpark.

Edinson Volquez got the win for the Reds, while Brett Myers was tagged with the loss.

Myers lacked his command and velocity, never getting into a rhythm. After allowing a single to Jeff Keppinger, Ken Griffey, Jr. followed with a long home run to right field, giving the Reds a 2-0 lead.

It was Griffey's 594th career home run and his 100th with the Reds.

The Reds never looked back after taking the early lead.

Keppinger led off the third inning with a home run of his own to extend the Reds' lead to 3-0. 

Myers gave up a one-out walk in the fourth to Paul Bako in the fourth before Corey Patterson doubled to right center to extend the lead some more.

Myers wasn’t done yet. He gave up two singles to the first two hitters in the fifth before walking the bases loaded with one out, still managing to escape unscathed.

Clay Condrey came on behind Myers and was even less effective than the starter. The first six hitters to face Condrey reached base, en route to allowing four runs. This put the game firmly out of reach at 8-1.

The old cliché about pitching and defense winning games held true today for the Phils.

The Reds did get excellent starting pitching from Volquez, and Myers was unable to keep the Reds off the scoreboard.

Condrey lacked command as well, and didn’t give his team a chance to win. He was unable to hold the Reds at bay. Cincinnati's bullpen came in and kept the Phillies' offense subdued.