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Reds top Phillies 10-3, prove that they should have won the World Series last year

The Reds showed us again today what a high powered offense they'll have as long as they face Triple-A pitching all year, defeating the defending World Champs by a score of 10-3.  Some highlights:

  • Joey Votto was 2 for 2 with a run-scoring single and a solo home run.  After the slow Spring he had last year, it's good to see him get a jump on the game this year.  Hopefully he can keep it going when it counts.
  • Jonny Gomes had two doubles and two RBI in his first real opportunity to stick his hat into the LF race.  I won't lie to you, I'm really hoping for a Dickerson/Gomes platoon in LF.  In my eyes, that's the Reds best chance for putting a legitimate LF in the lineup.
  • Juan Francisco had his first hit, an RBI double.  Three children were eaten at the celebration.
  • Willy Taveras tacked his first unoffical glove up on the board today and he also took a walk.  HAVOC ensued.
  • Speaking of HAVOC, the Reds had two base runners make outs on the base paths today.  That is now 5 outs on the bases in 3 games.  And yet the Reds are still averaging 7 runs per game.  HIGH.  POWERED.  HAVOC.
  • Pitching-wise: Arroyo had a little trouble in the first but settled down.  Matt Maloney did not help his cause at all, allowing 2 runs in 2 innings.  Daryl Thompson got the win with 2 shutout innings and the rest of the pen struck out 4 in the final 3 innings while allowing only one hit.

The Joe Nuxhall Honorary Memorial Star of the Game goes to Joey Votto.

Special thanks to Petey Hendrix for the play-by-play in today's game thread.  If you missed the action, I suggst you check that thread for all of the details.