23 year old starting pitcher prospect Andrew Carpenter got noone out in the 1st inning walking 3 and giving up back-to-back doubles amidst a 4 run Reds outburst enroute to a 10-3 win over the Phillies on Friday night.
The Reds scored single runs in the 2nd and 4th innings, including a 2nd inning solo homer by 1st baseman Joey Votto off of reliever prospect Antonio Bastardo and the Phils came scored single runs in the 3rd and 4th innings, including a 4th inning solo homer by utility infielder Pablo Ozuna to keep the Phils within striking distance at 6-3 through the Phillies 7th inning. Relievers Bastardo, JC Romero and Ryan Madson turned in decent relief efforts through 6 innings before prospect reliever Sergio Escalona was pounded for 4 runs on 4 hits in the Reds’ 7th to break the game open.
The Phillies, for their part, didn’t have the A-Team starting lineup in place with only starters centerfielder Shane Victorino and leftfielder Raul Ibanez in the game and they continued to hit well in spring training, Victorino collecting 2 doubles and Obanez 1.
Yahoo sports reports these comments on Carpenter and Phillies hitting from manager Charlie Manuel:
“What he did wrong was he didn’t get nobody out,” manager Charlie Manuel said. “He threw a couple of close pitches to the first hitter, who walked. He just had a rough day. He’ll get to go out there again.”
“We hit some balls hard today,” Manuel said. “We’re catching up. Ibanez hit the ball very well. Our hitting will come around. I’m not worried about that.”
Prospect reliever Daryl Thompson, who pitched the 5th and 6th inning giving up only 1 hit, chalked up the win for the Reds and Carpenter, who didn’t last an out in the 1st inning, was charged with the loss.
MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki reports:
Philadelphia signed him to a three-year, $24.5 million contract on Nov. 30, 2006, because it thought he could help the club win a World Series. The Phillies won that World Series last October, but he played no role in that unforgettable championship run.
Now, Eaton plays no role in their future, too.
Philadelphia released Eaton on Friday morning. He has 48 hours to clear waivers, which is expected, because any team that claims him would be responsible for the $9.15 million he is owed this year ($8.65 million base salary, plus a $500,000 buyout on a 2010 club option). Once Eaton clears waivers, he is free to sign with another team. If he signs with another team and makes a Major League roster, Eaton’s new team would be responsible for just $400,000 (the Major League minimum salary) of his contract.
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