Phillies Have Home Run Derby, Reds Lose First of Eight-Game Road Trip

Fred DillonContributor IJune 3, 2008

The Reds dropped the first game of their eight game road trip.  Bronson Arroyo took the hill against Kyle Kendrick in a slugfest.  The game was ruled by the long ball as four players went deep.  Chase Utley and Jay Bruce both went yard staking thier claim to be the NL's two hottest hitters right now.

Bronson wasn't impressive as he earned all five of the runs surrendered by Cincinnati.  This led to an impressive night by the reds bullpen. 

Bill Bray and Gary Majewski did not allow any runs to score after the exit of the Reds starter.  Bronson on the other hand was hanging breaking balls all day long allowing the Phillies sluggers to homer off of him twice.

What hurt the Reds the most was the defense of the Phils.  Cincinnati hit the ball very well but right at the Philadelphia position players. 

Although the Reds ultimately lost the ball game they should not get down on themselves because if those balls will find gaps most days.  Just not last night.  It would also have helped if the Reds had some baserunners when they hit their two home runs.