Philadelphia (34-32) at Cincinnati (34-32)

Fair Currently: Cincinnati, OH
Temp: 74° F
  • Game info: 7:10 pm EDT Sat Jun 14, 2003
  • TV: WPSG, FSOH
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Emotions boiled over and resulted in a brawl in the series opener between the Philadelphia Phillies and Cincinnati Reds.

Hard feelings on both sides are sure to carry over when the teams meet for the middle game of their series at the Great American Ball Park.

With the Reds leading by 10 runs in the fifth inning of their eventual 15-1 win, Cincinnati outfielder Adam Dunn bowled over Philadelphia catcher Mike Lieberthal. When Dunn came to bat in the next inning, Phillies reliever Carlos Silva threw behind him.

“I don’t know if Silva was trying to hit him,” Lieberthal said. “Nobody talked about it (on the bench). If he was, it’s pretty awesome that he’s protecting one of his players.”

At that point, Dunn tightened his batting glove and sprinted for the mound, but Lieberthal tackled him around the legs from behind just as he got there. Silva then took a swing at Dunn. His hand appeared to barely graze the top of Dunn’s bare head, and both benches and bullpens emptied.

“Adam’s one of my great friends,” said Reds first baseman Sean Casey, who was screaming at Silva and trying to get to him as the fight wound down. “When a guy takes an unbelievable swing like that, you have to try to defend him.”

Dunn and Casey were ejected for the Reds. Silva, Phillies manager Larry Bowa and closer Jose Mesa also were tossed.

While the brawl overshadowed much of the game, the Reds were able to exact a measure of revenge on the Phillies, who routed them 13-1 on April 13.

The Reds finished with 22 hits, their highest total since they also had 22 on June 6, 1999, at Kansas City. It was the most hits allowed by the Phillies since the Giants got 23 on May 28, 1993. Cincinnati extended its winning streak to four games, while Philadelphia lost its third straight.

STANDINGS: Phillies - 3rd place, 10 1/2 GB, NL East. Reds - 4th place, 2 1/2 GB, NL Central.

PHILLIES PROBABLE STARTER: Randy Wolf (7-3, 3.47 ERA). After a three-start winless streak, Wolf has won his last two outings. On Sunday, he went seven innings, giving up three runs and four hits in an 8-3 win over the Oakland Athletics. In six career games against the Reds, the 26-year-old left-hander is 3-1 with a 3.20 ERA.

REDS PROBABLE STARTER: Danny Graves (3-5, 5.31 ERA). Despite a blister on his pitching hand, Graves still intends to make his scheduled start. The 29-year-old right-hander, who is looking to break a three-start losing streak is coming off perhaps his worst outing of the season. On June 5, he lasted just three innings, giving up six runs and eight hits in a 10-2 loss to the New York Yankees. In 12 career games against Philadelphia, Graves is 0-1 with a 3.24 ERA.

OFFENSIVE LEADERS: Phillies - Lieberthal, .316 avg.; Jim Thome, 15 HRs and 48 RBIs; Bobby Abreu and Jimmy Rollins, 41 runs; Rollins, 7 SBs. Reds - Austin Kearns, .295 avg. and 56 RBIs; Dunn, 21 HRs; Dunn and Aaron Boone, 43 runs; Boone, 9 SBs.

SEASON SERIES: Tied, 2-2.

STREAKS AND NOTES: Phillies - 1B Thome is 3-for-7 (.429) with two doubles in his career against RHP Graves. … Bowa moved RF Abreu into the leadoff spot for the first time this season on Friday. He went 0-for-4. … Philadelphia has been outscored 43-34 in the first inning this season. Reds - RF Jose Guillen is 1-for-10 with five strikeouts in his career against LHP Wolf. … LF Dunn homered in the third inning Friday to end an 0-for-18 slump. … 3B Boone has four consecutive multihit games, going 9-for-14 in those games.

ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Phillies - 15-17 on the road; Reds - 19-16 at home.

INJURIES: Phillies - INF Tyler Houston (finger), 15-day DL; RHP David Coggin (shoulder), 15-day DL. Reds - INF Ryan Freel (hamstring), 15-day DL; SS Barry Larkin (calf), 15-day DL; RHP Luke Prokopec (elbow), 60-day DL.

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4.23 ERA 5.33
177 K 60
78 BB 41
1.27 WHIP 1.45