SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) -- Reds starter Jeremy Affeldt gave up seven runs in a 10-7 spring training loss to the Phillies on Thursday night.
Casey Smith drove in four runs for the Phillies with his second home run and a single as the No. 9 hitter. The eighth hitter, Greg Golson, had a single and a double and drove in two.Affeldt, competing for a job in the Reds' starting rotation after a year-and-a-half of pitching in relief, had his second straight ineffective outing. He allowed six runs to the Atlanta Braves in his last outing. The lefthander pitched 3 1-3 innings. Five of the nine hits off him were for extra bases."Another rough one for me," Affeldt said. "I basically set up a whole at-bat and I don't execute the pitch I need to execute and gave up a knock on it. I'm trying to go up and in on guys and leaving it over the middle. Basically, the main pitch was the three-run homer with two outs."Cincinnati manager Dusty Baker said the team will eventually have to decide whether to put Affeldt in the bullpen or start him."He made some good pitches," Baker said. "Then he would get one over the plate and up, and they didn't miss."For Philadelphia, Jamie Moyer pitched two scoreless innings, lost his control for one, and threw two more scoreless. The usually accurate Moyer walked three in the Reds' four-run fourth. Three singles and a two-run Brandon Phillips double kept Cincinnati in the game.They were the first runs Moyer (2-0) gave up this spring. He pitched five innings."Yeah, it was good to see Moyer have a solid five innings," Philadelphia manager Charlie Manuel said. "They scored in one inning and outside of that he did pretty good."Cincinnati's Andy Green hit his second home run off Josh Outman in the sixth.The Phillies won for the first time in six games."We were aggressive, stole some bases and set our runs up," Manuel said. "We manufactured some runs and got some big hits which is something we haven't been doing."
Bronson Arroyo will pitch in a minor league game to allow the sensation of the Reds camp, Johnny Cueto, to start against the Detroit Tigers on Monday. ... Phillies starting pitcher, Cole Hamels gave up two hits and struck out six in a minor league game earlier. He was scheduled to pitch Wednesday but was scratched with the flu. He has lost four pounds since becoming ill. ... Kris Benson also pitched in a minor league game on Thursday. Benson had surgery on his rotator cuff last March. His pitched four innings, threw 58 pitches and gave up two runs . ... "First of all, and this is nothing against young kids, some balls do get caught in our games that don't get caught in their games," said pitching coach Rich Dubee of a defense that did not include names like Jimmy Rollins, Chase Utley and Shane Victorino.