Phillies- Reds: Cincinnati Comes Up Short in Series Opener, Lose 4-3

Russell WightAnalyst IMay 20, 2009

DENVER - APRIL 10:  Starting pitcher Cole Hamels #35 of the Philadelphia Phillies delivers against the Colorado Rockies during MLB action on Opening Day at Coors Field on April 10, 2009 in Denver, Colorado. Hamels collected the loss as the Rockies defeated the Phillies 10-3.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Coming home to Great American Ball Park after getting swept in San Diego, the Reds needed a win. 

They had arguably their best pitcher this season, Johnny Cueto, on the mound.  Cueto pitched seven innings and blanked the Philadelphia Phillies in all but two of those.  He gave up a solo home run to Ryan Howard in the second.  Cueto ran into trouble again in the fifth inning, allowing three runs on four hits.

Cole Hamels cruised threw the first three innings before giving up a solo home run to Jay Bruce in the fourth.  It was the first dinger of the year against a left-hander for Bruce.  Hamels reminds me of Tom Glavine with his smooth delivery.  He is not overpowering, but gets ahead of hitters and is a very smart pitcher.

The Reds rallied again in the sixth.  Jerry Hairston led off the inning with a home run.  Brandon Phillips had a triple and scored on a sacrifice fly by Ramon Hernandez.  Hernandez did not seem baffled by Hamels.  He had two hits, one being a double that he smoked off of the left field wall.

The Reds had a chance in the ninth.  With two runners on base, Willy Taveras struck out and Jerry Hairston flied out against closer Brad Lidge. 

The Reds were 0-for-7 with runners in scoring position.

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The Cincinnati offense is not the same without Joey Votto.  He was in uniform last night but, evidently, was unavailable.  If he could hit, I certainly think we would have seen him in the ninth.  He is going to have more tests because of dizziness.

Reds trainer Mark Mann said, "Joey has undergone a series of tests at the Scripps Clinic in San Diego and here in Cincinnati, and we have more tests scheduled over the next few days. After those additional tests, we will be more prepared to discuss the cause of his dizziness."

As suspected, Nick Masset was placed on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to May 11.  Ramon Ramirez was called up from Louisville to take his place on the roster.

Bill Bray had "Tommy John" surgery yesterday and is expected to be out 10-12 months.

The Reds have shuffled their rotation a bit because of the 16-inning game last Saturday in San Diego.  Aaron Harang (3-4) will start tonight instead of Micah Owings.  He will be opposed by Jamie Moyer (3-3).

Fun Fact: Jamie Moyer made his Major League debut on June 16, 1986.  Jay Bruce was born on April 3, 1987.