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NL DIVISION SERIES: Veteran Phillies close out Reds, 2-0; move to NLCS vs. Giants




The young Cincinnati Reds  team, got a lesson in playoff baseball. It’s pitching, defense and clutch hitting.

The Reds pitching was good enough to win Games 2 & 3, but all components have to work in the playoffs.

The Philadelphia Phillies eliminated the Reds, 3 games to 0.

A pitcher the Reds never beat, lefty Cole Hamels, pitched a complete game shutout, with 9 strikeouts, allowing five hits.

Great American Ball Park hosting its first playoff game ever, set a record for attendance, 44,599.

Cincinnati really had just one chance to score in the game against Hamels. Drew Stubbs led off the first inning with an infield single, and Brandon Phillips came up next and hit a line drive to left-centerfield. Speedy center fielder Shane Victorino ran the ball down in the gap. If he misses that ball, it’s at least a triple or even an inside-the-park home run with Phillips’ speed.

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The Phillies scored in the first inning against Reds starter Johnny Cueto, who was victimized by shoddy defense. With one out, Placido Polanco singled to center, Ryan Howard singled to left and with two down Jayson Werth hit an easy third-out grounder to shortstop Orlando Cabrera, who threw high to first base, pulling Joey Votto off the bag scoring Polanco to give the Phillies a 1-0 lead.

Two topics of conversation was brought up in the pressbox at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati after that play. One, the Reds were in trouble because they have trouble scoring against Cole Hamels all the time and second of all, why was Orlando Cabrera playing shortstop with a right oblique problem. Backup shortstop Paul Janish was in the starting lineup on the game sheets but somehow Cabrera talked himself into the lineup. Bad choice.

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The final run came in the top of the fifth inning when Phillies second baseman Chase Utley homered to right-center field into the first row of seats to make it 2-0. The play was reviewed by the umpires because a fan had reached out and caught the ball as Reds center fielder Drew Stubbs was making a play on the ball. The umpires deemed it a homer and not a ground rule double. The delay lasted for 1 minute, 13 seconds.

That was Utley’s 10th playoff series home run of all-time, which moves him past Jayson Werth for first on the Phillies list.

The Reds were making their first playoff appearance in 15 years and finished the regular season as the National League’s Number 1 offense and Number 2 defensive team. During the playoffs, they committed 8 errors, 6 in the last two games which simply killed them.

The National League Central Division, which the Reds were the champions of in 2010, has not done well in the playoffs losing 15 of their last 16 games.

The Philadelphia Phillies will be seeking their third straight NL Pennant when they face the San Francisco Giants in the National League Championship Series.


* The Phillies are 10-2 all-time in clinching games (games in which the series ends with a Phillies win). The Phillies have won their last 6.

* Philadelphia is 4-0 on the road in the postseason when Cole Hamels pitches (4-3 at home).

* Cole Hamels joins Roy Halladay and Curt Schilling as the only 3 pitchers to throw a shutout in the Phillies postseason history.

* This was the first ever postseason series sweep in Phillies franchise history.

* In Cincinnati Reds postseason history, they have been swept 4 times, 1939 World Series vs. the Yankees; 1979 NLCS vs. the Pirates; 1995 NLCS vs. the Braves and now the 2010 NLDS vs. the Phillies.

POSTGAME AUDIO FROM CINCINNATI REDS CLUBHOUSE (To listen to an audio file, click on the link)

45 718 to 45 722 Drew Stubbs Reds RF On the Phillies being tough (WPKO WBLL )

45 730 TO 45 732 Walt Jocketty Reds GM On Reds played hard (WPKO WBLL)

AL DIVISION SERIES: Tampa Bay Rays and Texas Rangers will play Game 5 Tuesday

Evan Longoria (MLB)

Carlos Pena (MLB)

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The Tampa Bay Rays have fought back to win two games in Arlington Texas to tie the AL division series at 2-2.

Evan Longoria and Carlos Pena and the rest of the Rays baseball team is headed back to Tropicana Field to try and win the series against Texas.

Longoria snapped out of his post-season slump with a home run and two doubles. Carlos Pena scored twice with a pair of extra-base hits, in leading Tampa Bay from elimination again with a 5-2 win on Sunday over the Rangers.

What is intriguing about this series is Texas won two games in Tampa and Tampa won two in Texas.

Rookie right-hander Wade Davis pitched into the sixth inning, getting out of a bases-loaded jam in the fifth inning when he struck out Vladimir Guerrero.

Rafael Soriano worked a perfect ninth for the save.

The Rays will be facing Rangers lefty Cliff Lee on Tuesday night. The Rays will send their ace, David Price to the mound to rekindle the Game 1 matchup.

The series winner will host Game 1 of the AL championship series Friday night against the well-rested New York Yankees.

compiled from staff & MLB news

NL DIVISION SERIES: Giants beat Braves on errors by Brooks Conrad


The Atlanta Braves couldn’t hold off the Giants in Game 3 of their NL division series because their closer Billy Wagner was removed from the roster before the game with a pulled muscle on his left side.

Thus, they could not hold the lead.

Atlanta second baseman Brooks Conrad bobbled a grounder. Then he dropped a popup in short right field. And finally, a hard shot went under his glove in the ninth inning, his third error of the game, which allowed the San Francisco Giants to rally past the Braves to take a 2-1 edge in the five game series.

The Braves only needed one out and they could be up 2-1.

Buster Posey’s grounder went right under Conrad’s glove.

Freddy Sanchez raced around with the go-ahead run, and Brian Wilson shut the door on the Braves in the ninth inning.

Atlanta was only able to get two hits off of Jonathan Sanchez, the Giants starting pitcher and trailed 1-0 due to Conrad’s second error.

Then they received a miracle when pinch-hitter Eric Hinske hit a two-run homer off of Sergio Romo in the eighth inning to put the Braves up 2-1.

compiled from staff & MLB news

AL DIVISION SERIES: Yankees sweep the Twins as they always do

Phil Hughes pitched brilliantly with seven shutout innings. Marcus Thames hit a two-run homer and the New York Yankees beat the visiting Minnesota Twins 6-1 Saturday night to complete a three-game sweep and return to the American League championship series.

Phil Hughes (MLB)

The AL Central Division champion Twins lost their 12th straight postseason game dating to 2004, one shy of the record set by the Boston Red Sox from 1986-1995.

In addition to 2010, the Yankees knocked out the Twins in the first round in 2003, 2004 and 2009. New York outscored the Twins 17-7 in this series.

compiled from staff & MLB news

AL DIVISION SERIES: Rays stay alive with 6-3 win in Texas

John Jaso knocked in the tiebreaking RBI single in the eighth inning after Carlos Pena had another clutch playoff hit as the Tampa Bay Rays avoided elimination in the AL division series by beating the Texas Rangers in Arlington, 6-3.

Carlos Pena (MLB)

The Rays cut the deficit in the best-of-five series to 2 games to 1.

Game 4 is Sunday.

The Rays were limited to a total of one run while losing the first two games at home. But they broke lose in the late innings.

compiled from staff & MLB news

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