Cole-d As Ice

Phillies starter Cole Hamels was incredible, striking out nine in his complete game shut out win over Cincinnati to lead the Phillies to their third straight NLCS. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Cole will take those two shots you ordered for him now, Reds fans.

Hamels had ice running through his veins Sunday night. Not even a bowl of Cincinnati’s finest chili would melt the ice in Hamels as he cooled the Reds’ bats and their World Series hopes in the Phils 2-0 win.

Hamels went the distance, allowing only five hits with no walks while striking out nine. His gem led the Phils to their third straight NLCS appearance.

The Phils got on the board early in the first. Cincy, who made seven errors in the series, saw another defensive mishap put a Phillies run on the board. Jayson Werth hit a ground ball with two outs and a man on third that Orlando Cabrera fielded but threw wide to allow the run score and for Werth to be safe.

The other Phils run came in the fifth when Chase Utley hit a solo blast to right field, making it a 2-0 game.

Charlie Manuel let Hamels bat against phenom Aroldis Chapman in the top of the ninth in which Hamels, who probably pooped himself, closed his eyes and actually made contact to fly out deep to left-center.

By letting Hamels bat, Manuel wanted his starter to finish the job. After a lead-off hit, Hamels got Joey Votto to ground into a double play. And to make the victory taste a little bit sweeter, Hamels struck out Scott Rolen to cement their spot in the NLCS.

The Phillies starting pitching this series was scary good. With Roy Halladay’s no-hitter and Hamels’ gem, the bull pen only saw the field for four innings of work during Roy Oswalt’s decent outing against the Reds on Tuesday.

The three-game sweep was also the first post season series sweep in the Phillies 127-year history. Granted it was only a five-game series, it’s still a milestone win in the franchises long and often depressing history.

The Phillies await the winner of the Braves/Giants series in which San Francisco leads, 2-1. San Francisco will present the Phils with the best starting rotation they will face these playoffs while Atlanta is a division rival and anything could happen in a series between two rivals, especially when one is playing for their retiring future Hall of Fame manager.

Their four wins away from becoming the first NL team in almost 70 years to go to three straight World Series. Enjoy the series win for now, folks, but there is still a lot of work to be done before your Phightin’s should be crowned anything.

2B: Ruiz. HR: Utley

WP: Hamels. LP: Cueto.



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