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Cozart’s 9th Inning Homer Leads Reds Past Phillies

Reds 5, Phillies 4
WP – Jonathan Broxton (3-3, 3.02)
LP – Jonathan Papelbon (3-5, 2.86)
SV – Aroldis Chapman (30)

PHILADELPHIA — It was Cincinnati that prevailed in the see-saw game.

A Zack Cozart solo home run to lead off the top of the 9th spoiled not one, but two comeback attempts by the Phillies. The bomb gave Cincinnati a 5-4 win over the Phillies Tuesday night on Hunter Pence bobblehead night.

It also erased a good outing by Cliff Lee, who couldn’t do all the work by himself and it eventually caught up to him in the 7th. While holding a 1-0 lead and already near the century mark in pitches heading into the 7th, Lee couldn’t finish the inning, giving up three runs in the inning.

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Mayberry, Howard Lead Phillies In Offensive Outburst

Phillies 12, Reds 5
WP – Roy Halladay (7-7, 3.95)
LP – Mike Leake (5-8, 4.59)

PHILADELPHIA — On a day where Roy Halladay didn’t have his best stuff, the offense provided him with enough so he didn’t have to be.

Big days by John Mayberry and Ryan Howard fueled a 12-5 romp of the Reds in Philadelphia, a strong open to a four-game set with the best team in the National League.

The 5th inning provided to be brutal for both starting pitchers. With the Phillies up 3-2, Halladay was tapped for a big three spot in the 5th inning.

Chris Heisey smacked an RBI double to tie the game up 3-3. After Jay Bruce’s RBI single made it 4-3, Bruce got himself caught in a run down to enable Brandon Phillips to score from third and give Cincinnati a 5-3 lead.

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2010 Moment: #3 Welcome to Doctober

Only one other person in Major League history has thrown a no-hitter in the post season: Don Larsen’s 1956 perfect game in the World Series against the Brooklyn Dodgers.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010 will go down as one of the most memorable days for Roy Halladay. Not only did Halladay no-hit the Cincinnati Reds, the best offensive team in the National League during 2010, but it was done in his first career playoff start. Playing his entire career in Toronto, Doc failed to reach the post season until he was traded to the Phillies in December 2009.

Halladay needed only 104 pitches – 79 of which were strikes – to make quick work of the Reds. He walked only one batter, Jay Bruce in a controversial fifth inning at-bat, and struck out eight. With a 2-2 count to Bruce, Doc’s fastball, which appeared to cross the plate, was called for a ball. He walked Bruce on the next pitch.

This was the first time I was able to watch a Phillies no-hitter in full. I saw the last two innings of Kevin Millwood’s no-no in 2003 and was at work when Halladay threw his perfect game in May (my father was in the back giving me the pitch-by-pitch because were were busy all night).

Carlos Ruiz made the no-hitter happen. With two outs and an 0-2 count to Brandon Phillips, Ruiz made a spectacular play when Phillips hit a soft grounder and dropped the bat by the ball. Ruiz picked up the ball cleanly with his bare hand and made a perfect throw from his knees to just beat the runner and seal Doc’s no-hitter.

Here is the ninth inning courtesy of TheSituation103’s YouTube page.

Top 10
10. Chooch’s walk-off HR against St. Louis
9. Taser bro
8. Moyer’s CG/SHO
7. Hamels dominates Reds
6. Broxton Meltdown Part III
5. Oswalt plays LF
4. Six-run rally against Reds
3. Doc playoff no-no

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.
Top 10
10. Chooch’s walk-off HR against St. Louis
9. Taser bro
8. Moyer’s CG/SHO

Luck Goes A Long Way


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


Blast Off, Schneider

Phillies catcher Brian Schnieder hits a walk-off home run in the 12th inning against the Reds. (David Swanson, Philly Inquirer)

Brian Schneider’s return to the line up was going to be a much needed improvement over the hole that Dane Sardinha was in the line up. But he made his presence known when he sent a laser into the rightfield seats to lead off the 12th. Schneider’s walk off blast, his third homer of the season, led the Phillies to a 4-3 win over Cincinnati Thursday night.

Kyle Kendrick pitched well in his start against the Reds but wound up getting the no decision. He lasted 6 2/3 innings, allowing a run on three hits and a walk while striking out four. He lost the no decision when Ryan Madson, making his first appearance in over two months, allowed the game tying run in the eighth. Brad Lidge then blew a save in the ninth. Nelson Figueroa pitched the last two innings to earn the win.

Schneider’s home run was gone as soon as it left the bat. The bullet rocketed into the rightfield bleachers to greet the joyous fans. This type of win was huge for a team in need of some sort of spark and Schneider provided it in a big way.

Shane Victorino, who called out the fans last night and deservedly so, had himself a big game. The centerfielder went 3-for-4 with a solo homer in the first inning. Wilson Valdez had himself a two-hit night. Victorino’s homer tied the game after Joey Votto hit a solo shot in the top of the first, his 22nd of the season.

With the game tied at 1 in the third, Victorino hit a ground ball that scored Jimmy Rollins on a missed catch by pitcher Johnny Cueto. Victorino was not credited with an RBI on the error. Then the Reds tied it up on a wacky play of their own in the eighth. Madson struck out Brandon Phillips but the ball got away from Schneider. Both Madson and Schneider went after the ball and Drew Stubbs, who was on second at the time, kept running and scored with no one covering the plate.

Valdez then led off the bottom half with a triple and later scored on a Jimmy Rollins sacrifice fly. But Lidge blew the save with a runner on third and two outs. He gave up the game tying double to former Phil Miguel Cairo. But Schneider’s blast three innings later made it all better.

3B: Valdez (2). HR: Victorino (14), Schneider (3).

WP: Figueroa (2-1). LP: J. Smith (2-2).



Former Phillies coach and a member of the Whiz Kids staff, Robert “Maje” McDonnell, died today in his Philadelphia home. He was 89. He was awarded the Richie Ashburn Special Achievement Award in 2002, is a member of the Villanova Sports Hall of Fame, and has been honored by the Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame.

He was a fan favorite and a great person to those who knew him.

Jay’s Day

After the spectacular catch he made in the top of the second inning in which he followed-up with a base hit in the bottom half, it seemed like it was going to be Jay Bruce’s day. Bruce went 2-for-4, including the two-run blast that ultimately won the game for the Reds by a score of 4-3. Halladay pitched a complete game loss.

Bruce’s two runs followed up Joey Votto’s solo shot in the sixth and Orlando Cabrera’s RBI single in the seventh off of Doc. Votto’s homer was his 18th as he’s trying to make a case for himself to fans and opposing manager Charlie Manuel that he should be an all star.

Halladay once again didn’t get any run support from his offense. He pitched all eight innings, allowing four runs on 13 hits, two of which were home runs, no walks and 10 strike outs. Doc fell to 9-7, mostly due to a lack of run support.

Dane Sardinha hit a three-run bomb in the fourth that gave the Phillies a 3-0 lead on Aaron Harang. Shane Victorino had a two-hit day for the Phillies. Johnny Gomes and Brandon Phillips had two-hit days as well for the Reds.

HR: Sardinha (2).

WP: Rhodes (3-2). LP: Halladay (9-7). S: F. Cordero (21).

Phils Take Three From Reds

Despite losing a heart breaker on Tuesday, the Phillies welcomed a lowly team into the Bank and did the job. Winning three of four versus the Reds, the Phils kept some distance on the Marlins, Braves, and Mets. The offense lit up, didn’t show up, then showed up, and then out swung the Reds. Jimmy Rollins, Jayson Werth, and Chase Utley had incredible series’s.

Monday – Phillies won 22-1: 22 runs. That’s all I really need to say but I’ll throw in a few stats. Cole Hamels pitched well and got the offensive support he needed, even from himself. Rollins, Utley, and Werth all homered. Rollins went 3-4 with a few runs and an RBI, Utley had a pair of hits with four RBI’s, Werth went 2-5 with five RBI’s and Greg Dobbs had four hits. Hamels 2-4 with a two-run double.

Tuesday – Reds won 4-3: After going up 3-0, JA Happ got beaten by Brandon Phillips, who had two homers and three RBI’s. The losing blow came at the expense of Brad Lidge as he coughed up the winning hits in the top of the tenth. Utley had three hits in the losing effort.

Wednesday – Phillies won 3-2: The Flyin’ Hawaiian got over the hump in his All Star bid as his walk-off single scored in Pedro Feliz in the bottom of the ninth. Shane Victorino and Dobbs had two hits and Werth hit a solo homer.

Thursday – Phillies won 9-6: The Reds took the early lead 3-0 and later broke a 4-4 tie with a two-run fifth. The Phillies answered in the bottom half with four runs and did not look back. Utley and Werth both had a pair of hits and homered, Utley’s being a stand-up inside-the-parker that caromed off the left-centerfield wall. Feliz and Rollins also added a pair of hits. Lidge notched his 17th save.

Series MVP’s:
Jimmy Rollins (PHI): 7-17; 6 runs; double; 2RBI’s; .524 OBP
Chase Utley (PHI): 7-17; 2 runs; 2 doubles; 2 homers; 6 RBI’s
Jayson Werth (PHI): 6-15; 5 runs; 4 homers; 9 RBI’s

Next Series: Pittsburgh Pirates (38-47; 12-29 on road) @ Philadelphia Phillies (44-38; 18-23 at home)

This is the first meeting of the season between the two teams. The next will be at the end of August.The Phillies are playing good baseball going into their final series before the break, winning six of their last seven games. They are 6-1 on this current home stand despite the season-long struggles at the Bank.

The Pirates are just a lowly baseball team and are thankful every year that the Washington Nationals exist. They have lost seven of their last 10 and don’t seem to be anywhere near catching fire going into the break. I expect a series sweep by the Phillies and I will not tolerate a loss of any sorts.

Everything has been going right for the Phillies. Starting pitching has been good and will hopefully get better if the Phillies add some arms in Pedro Martinez and Roy Halladay at the expense of maybe losing Happ. Happ will most likely be a part of a trade with Halladay if they can pry Doc from Toronto so his last start as a Phillie could be nearing.

The offense has been good. Sure they had back to back games of only scoring three runs but they were book ended by 22 and nine-run efforts. The bull pen has been very rock solid despite Lidge’s inconsistency but he re-established that in Thursdays win with a save.

Pitching Probables:
7/11: Duke (8-7, 3.28), Blanton (5-4, 4.69)
7/12: Ohlendorf (7-7, 4.63), Hamels (5-5, 4.70)
7/13: Vasquez, V (1-2, 4.50), Happ (5-0, 3.04)