After being no-hit by the Philadelphia Phillies’ Roy Halladay in game one of the 2010 NLDS, the Cincinnati Reds showed signs of life in game two as Roy Oswalt struggled. Unfortunately for the Reds, they gave game two away to the Phillies with defensive miscues and four errors which led to five unearned runs and a loss. Cole Hamels sealed the Reds’ fate with a dominating performance in game three at Cincinnati.
Hamels tossed the first complete game and shutout of his postseason career. Through nine innings, Hamels struck out nine hitters while conceding five hits and throwing 119 pitches.
Hamels’ dominance of the Reds should come as no surprise: he had won six games in seven career starts against the Reds with a 1.07 ERA. In four career starts at Great American Ballpark, Hamels won three games and had a 1.67 ERA.
The Reds’ Johnny Cueto pitched five solid innings. In five innings of work, Cueto conceded five hits, two runs (one earned) and threw 83 pitches. The lone earned run was scored on Chase Utley’s solo home run in the top of the fifth inning. Cueto was lifted for a pinch-hitter in the bottom of the inning.
Although the Phillies swept the Reds, they need to maintain their focus if they are to defeat the San Francisco Giants or Atlanta Braves in the NLCS. The Phillies won games one and three with superb pitching; they won game two with sheer luck.
In the three-game NLDS series, the Phillies had a collective .212 AVG; this number will need to improve in the NLCS.
The San Francisco Giants currently lead the Atlanta Braves 2-1 in their NLDS series matchup.