The third game of the NLDS between the Phillies and the Reds was not terribly action packed. Both teams pitched well and hits were at a premium. But while the game was not super exciting, the outcome certainly was. With a victory, the Phillies swept the Reds right out of the playoffs.
As the chosen starter for game 3, Cole Hamels was anxious to show what he could do after an unbelievable no-hitter by Roy Halladay in Game 1. Hamels pounded the strike zone all night and sent Reds back to the dugout one by one. He allowed 5 hits while striking out 9 batters for a complete game shut-out. No quite a no-hitter, but Hamels was amazing. Plus, the final out was made by ex-Phillie Scott Rolen; icing on the cake.
As for the offense, the Phillies got off to an early lead thanks to another Reds error. As a team, the Reds have committed 7 errors in 3 games of this NLDS. Tonight it was an Orlando Cabrera throwing error after Jayson Werth put the ball in play that cost them a run. Cabrera had a sore rib cage and was not supposed to play. But after some magic massages today, Cabrera was in the line-up.
About the massages, Cabrera said, “The guy’s name is Andy. I don’t know his last name.” Do you think afterwards Cabrera left a few dollars on the bedside table and left? Poor Andy must feel cheapened by the encounter ;o) But we are all thankful that Cabrera felt well enough to play. Thanks, Andy…you deserve some credit as well.
The other run for the Phillies came off the bat of Chase Utley who sent the ball to right center; it snuck over the wall for a homer. Replay was used to verify the homer as the Reds claimed a fan interfered but ultimately, the run counted.
With Hamels holding down the Reds, the two runs were all they needed. With the 2-0 win, the Phillies will advance to the NLCS against either the Giants or the Braves, depending on the outcome of that series. The Giants currently lead the series, 2-1.
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