Reds right fielder Jay Bruce makes a costly error on a ball hit by the Phillies' Jimmy Rollins as the Phils took a 5-4 lead in the seventh inning. Philadelphia went on to win, 7-4, and take a 2-0 lead in the NLDS. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
Good teams will capitalize on the mistakes of their opponents. The Phils did just that with their bizarre 7-4 come-from-behind win on Friday to give them a 2-0 series lead over the Cincinnati Reds in the NLDS.
In a game filled with errors, the Reds four cost them a lot more than the Phillies’ two. The two-run fifth and three-run seventh killed Cincinnati, who gift-wrapped game two.
Bronson Arroyo was fantastic in his 5 1/3 innings of work. He gave up three runs, one earned, on four hits and three walks while striking out two.
Arroyo would put runners on base but after that, would shut the door. It was only until his defense sprung a few leaks that it prevented Arroyo from finishing innings.
After both Arroyo and Roy Oswalt were done after the fifth inning and with Cincy holding a 4-2 lead, one would think the Reds, who boasted one of the best bull pen’s in the game, would win when matched up against the Phils pen, which struggled at times this season.
In the fifth with the Reds up 4-0, Raul Ibanez led-off and worked a bases loaded count before ripping a single into right. After Carlos Ruiz flew out and Domonic Brown grounded into a force, the Phils offense – or the Reds defense – went to work.
The Phils loaded the bases after Shane Victorino and Placido Polanco reached on fielding errors by Brandon Phillips and Scott Rolen. Chase Utley then ripped a two-run single to make it a 4-2 game.
The Reds bull pen coughed up another runs in the sixth innings when both Ruiz and Ben Francisco were hit by Arthur Rhodes and Logan Ondrusek to load the bases again. Victorino was then walked by Ondrusek to bring a run, making it a 4-3 game.
The defense took over for the mistakes in the seventh. With fireballer Aroldis Chapman on the mound, Utley led-off and was grazed on the hand by a 102 MPH fastball.
Ryan Howard was looked like a fool at the plate by Chapman. But Jayson Werth reached on a fielder’s choice in which Utley was safe at second.
Jimmy Rollins then came up and looped a soft liner to right in which Jay Bruce seemed to have it for out number two. But he “lost it in the lights” as Utley and Werth scored to give the Phils a 5-4 lead.
They added another run in the inning to make it 6-4 and got one more in the eighth before Brad Lidge pitched a strong ninth for his first save of the 2010 post season and 13th straight in the playoffs dating back to 2008.
Oswalt didn’t fare too well in his start, giving up four runs, three earned, in five innings pitched including solo homers to Phillips and Bruce, the former leading off the game.
Cole Hamels will take the hill on Sunday for game three at 7:07 PM. He dominates the Reds in their own park and the Phils will look to sweep Cincy.
WP: Contreras. LP: Chapman. S: Lidge