Phils Season Gets Uglier With 15-1 Loss In Cincy

For Phillies fans, there have been some ugly moments this season, but perhaps the ugliest so far came Friday night in Cincinnati. With a full moon on Friday the thirteenth, you had to figure something weird would happen and it did. Kevin Millwood got lit up, Mike Lieberthal got bowled over and returned to show a classic tackling technique and both teams wound up meeting on the field for a classic baseball brawl. In the end, it was very ugly for the Phillies as they lost 15-1 to Cincinnati.

Jimmy Haynes came into Friday night's contest with an 0-5 record and an ERA approaching nine. Kevin Millwood was looking for his ninth win on the season, with a stylish ERA. How do you figure this one wound up?

Jimmy Haynes (1-5) threw a complete game three-hit game against the Phillies, while Kevin Millwood (8-4) didn't survive the fourth inning. The Reds banged out 11 hits and 8 earned runs against the Phillies ace en route to a 15-1 win. Meanwhile, the Phillies had trouble touching Haynes, getting just a pinch-hit solo homerun from Jason Michaels in the eighth inning to dent his performance. David Bell singled and Jim Thome doubled for the only other Phillies hits.

While the Reds were pounding out hit-after-hit, Adam Dunn tried to score from second on a Ken Griffey, Jr single, only to be thrown out easily on the play. Dunn, however, bowled over catcher Mike Lieberthal on the play, with the Reds already holding a 10-0 lead, sparking some tempers on the Phillies side of the field.

When Dunn came to the plate to bat in the sixth, reliever Carlos Silva nearly hit him with a pitch and received a warning. The next pitch was thrown behind Dunn, who then charged the mound. Dunn never made it to the mound as Lieberthal dove to wrap up Dunn's legs, keeping him from Silva. Both benches and bullpens emptied, with smaller skirmishes breaking out all over the field. When everything was sorted out, Silva, manager Larry Bowa and reliever Jose Mesa were ejected from the Phillies side, while Sean Casey and Adam Dunn were ejected for the Reds.

The brawl and the blowout overshadowed a major change in the Phillies batting order, which had Bobby Abreu leading off for the first time since the 2000 season. Jimmy Rollins dropped to second in the order and Pat Burrell was benched in favor of Ricky Ledee, who batted fifth.

Aaron Boone went 3-for-3 with four RBI and Casey was 4-for-4 with an RBI for the Reds. Dunn's third inning homerun was his 21st of the season and Jason LaRue hit two homeruns to bring his season total to ten.


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