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Cole Hamels shuts out Reds as Phillies complete sweep

Oct 10, 2010, 11:56 PM EDT

Yes, Game 2 was in their hands and they lost it, but with the results from Games 1 and 3, it doesn’t seem like the Reds ever really had a chance to win this series.
The Phillies got their second dominant pitching performance in three games, this one from Cole Hamels, in beating Cincinnati 2-0 on Sunday night and completing an NLDS sweep.
Hamels went the distance in this one, something he never did while putting together his dominant five-start run in the 2008 postseason. Phillies manager Charlie Manuel eschewed closer Brad Lidge in the ninth, even after Brandon Phillips singled to lead off the inning, and Hamels was able to finish it up in 119 pitches. He allowed five hits, walked none and struck out nine.
A two-out double from Ramon Hernandez in the seventh was the Reds’ lone extra-base hit. Once again, regular-season stars Joey Votto and Scott Rolen failed to get anything going. As the tying run, Votto grounded into a double play in the ninth to finish the series 1-for-10. Rolen was 1-for-11. Jonny Gomes, who didn’t play in Game 2, went 0-for-7 with three strikeouts.
The only Reds hitters to produce in the series were Phillips (4-for-12, 1 HR) and Jay Bruce (2-for-8, 1 HR, 2 BB).
With the easy victory, the Phillies will be well set up to take on either the Giants or Braves in a series starting next weekend. They’ll even have the option of setting up Roy Halladay to start Games 1, 4 and 7 if they’d like.

  1. Old Gator - Oct 11, 2010 at 12:26 AM

    I think this is the Chinese year of horsemeat and velveeta sandwiches anyway. It was bound to happen. Cardiology is the business for you if you want to live in Feeladelfia.

  2. Chris Fiorentino - Oct 11, 2010 at 12:43 AM

    The announcers were at their “over-the-top” worst tonight in favor of the Reds. Every inning was “They just need a baserunner to get the tying run on”. When Phillips got that lead-off single, I seriously think Brian came in his pants and needed a change of shorts. Joe was just talking about how the great “Joey Votto-matic” could rip a mistake into right field when Hamels induced the double play. Then after the final out, you would have thought they were announcing the funeral of their wives and children. TBS should be ashamed for putting such unabashed Phillies-haters in the booth for this series. If Brian had made a stupid joke about Utley’s HBP one more time, I was going to reach through the TV and choke his stupid ass. Brian showed more emotion in a long fly ball from the Reds than he did on Utley’s Home Run.

  3. mustbechris - Oct 11, 2010 at 12:45 AM

    Time to root for the Braves to pull off the improbable against the Giants so we can sweep them too. Again.

  4. schmedley - Oct 11, 2010 at 1:19 AM

    Joe Simpson should be doing a fishing show with that slow, monotone, southern drawl. He shouldn’t be doing nationally televised playoff games. Just my opinion.
    TBS is just sketchy. I remember driving up to Philly for game 5 of the NLCS to watch the Phillies clinch last year, listening to Mad Dog Radio on XM. Mad Dog was interviewing Ron Darling, who was doing the game for TBS. The Dog opened the interview by asking, “What do ya think, Ronnie?” and Darling responded, “Let’s get this thing back to L.A.” So much for being an impartial observer with no rooting interest, huh Ron?

  5. Route36West - Oct 11, 2010 at 7:04 AM

    I would love not to have to pitch Joe Blanton in the NLCS …. especially because it will be on the road …. Halladay would get 1 home and 1 road game, Oswalt would get 2 home games, Hamels would get 1 home and 1 road game, and Blanton would get 1 road game in a 7 game series. It would be nice if the Phillies could figure out a way not to pitch Blanton in the NLCS and still have Halladay, Oswalt, and Hamels available for games 1,2, and 3 of the World Series on regular rest if they make it that far. So unless the Phillies pitch Halladay in game 4 on short rest and are able to win the NLCS in 5 games it seems pretty much impossible to pull off.
    Its not the end of the world even if it doesnt work out. Blanton came through for the Phillies in a big way in 08′ and even helped out in the batter’s box. The Phillies bats tend to come alive for Blanton in the playoffs. So as long as he can keep the team within striking distance he should be fine.

  6. seanK - Oct 11, 2010 at 8:08 AM

    that’s not a “rooting interest” that’s a broadcaster wanting a series to go longer and be more dramatic. nothing wrong with that, they just want the most exciting games they can broadcast.

  7. schmedley - Oct 11, 2010 at 8:40 AM

    I know that was probably his intent, but he shouldn’t have come out and said it directly and in such an arrogant manner like he did. It was totally unprofessional. TBS is bush league.

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