After dominating the Cincinnati Reds in a 4-0 win in game one behind Roy Halladay’s no-hitter (only the second in MLB post-season history) the Philadelphia Phillies sent Roy Oswalt to the mound on Friday night to face Bronson Arroyo in game two of the best of five series.
Independent Philly was at Citizen’s Bank Park to catch the action first hand.
While Halladay faced 28 batters without allowing a single hit or run, Oswalt surrendered a lead-off home run to Brandon Phillips quickly erasing any (unreasonable) hopes for a repeat performance of Halladay’s gem.
From that point on, things just got plain old weird.
Chase Utley, usually a stellar fielder, committed two errors.
The Phillies stranded several runners and Oswalt allowed a single run (not all earned) in four of the first five innings giving the Reds a 4-0 lead heading into the bottom of the fifth.
That’s when the winds of change blew through Citizen’s Bank Park. Over the next four innings the Phillies scored seven runs without an extra-base hit (they are yet to hit a home run this post-season). Thanks to four errors by Reds position players, and three hit batters by Reds pitchers, the Phillies were gifted several of these unearned runs.
At one point Chase Utley appeared to be hit by a 101 MPH pitch (he later said he wasn’t sure if it hit him). He then appeared out at second on a fielder’s choice but was called safe. Jimmy Rollins next hit a pitch that Jay Bruce lost in the lights and Utley looked like he missed third base on his way home. His run (which tied the game at 4-4) still counted.
The Phillies bullpen came in and shut down the Reds. J.C. Romero, Chad Durbin, Jose Contreras, and Ryan Madsen combined for three innings of work, allowing only one hit.
Brad Lidge came in to pitch the top of the ninth and preserved the 7-4 lead to record his first save of the 2010 playoffs. Contreras, who pitched a one-two-three seventh inning, got the win.
The series now heads to Cincinnati where the Reds haven’t hosted a playoff game in fifteen years. Cole Hamels will take the mound for the Phillies on Sunday night. He will be opposed by Reds starter Johnny Cueto. If the Reds manage to win game three, game four would be played on Monday.
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