Allentown Morning Call - May 10, 1980

Phils can’t solve Reds’ rookie


CINCINNATI (AP) – Sam Mejias drove in three runs with a fifth-inning triple, and rookie lefthander Charlie Leibrandt scattered seven hits to pace the Cincinnati Reds to a 5-2 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies last night. 


Leibrandt, 3-2, survived a shaky start, giving up a run in the first inning and allowing two hits in the second. 


Leibrandt, whose 2.10 earned run average leads the Reds' pitching staff, later was touched for a run in the seventh on a double by pinch-hitter Lonnie Smith and a single by Bake McBride. 


The Reds got to Randy Lerch, 0-4, in the first and second innings for solo runs, then loaded the bases in the fifth on a single by Johnny Bench and walks to Junior Kennedy and Dan Driessen.


Mejias, playing in place of injured George Foster, then brought them all home with his triple. 


The Reds have won five of their past six games and handed the Phillies their second defeat in the month of May against live victories.