2010 Moment: #7 Hot as Cole

With the fist pump, Cole Hamels celebrates his five-hit shut out of the Reds to seal the NLDS. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Roy Halladay pitched a no-hitter in game one of the NLDS against the Cincinnati Reds. Roy Oswalt followed up with a less-than-stellar performance in which the Phillies bull pen out-pitched Cincy’s in game two.

With the Phillies holding a 2-0 series lead, it was up to Cole Hamels to shut the door on Cincinnati in their home park.

Hamels kept loose that day. He went to the bar and watched some football that Sunday. In fact, a couple of Reds fans sent over two shots of tequila to try and throw the left-hander off his game. But the attempt was intercepted by two Phillies fans, who downed the shots and let Hamels stay focused.

If only Hamels had taken those shots. Hamels allowed five hits and struck out nine in a complete game shut out of the Reds, 2-0, lifting the Phillies to their third straight NLCS.

It was one of the Hamels’ finest starts in his career. He blew through the Reds line up, which put together the best offensive season in the National League. In the series, the Phillies pitchers held the Reds to only 11 hits, a division series record held by the New York Yankees in 1998.

The Phillies got another unearned run in the first inning. After singles by Placido Polanco and Ryan Howard to put runners on the corners, Jayson Werth hit a ground ball that was fielded by Orlando Cabrera and thrown wide to let Polanco score. Chase Utley then hit a solo home run in the fifth inning to give the Phils a 2-0 lead and all they would need for Hamels.

The ninth inning was a test for Hamels. And he aced it (pun intended). Brandon Phillips led-off with a single but Joey Votto, who hit 37 homers and drove in 113 runs in the regular season, hit into a double play. And in fitting fashion, Scott Rolen, who couldn’t hit the ball all series, struck out to end the game.

*moment submitted by @MattyTets on Twitter.
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