Oct 092010
Cincinnati Reds vs Philadelphia Phillies, Game 2

Cincinnati Reds vs Philadelphia Phillies, Game 2

October 9:

Snippets of Phillies news stories from across the web…

Star-crossed Reds fumble big opportunity

October 9 Philadelphia Inquirer columnist Phil Sheridan

“If the question was how the Cincinnati Reds would handle the bright lights of the postseason, now we have the answer.

The lights along the third-base upper deck may have won Game 2 of this National League division series for the Phillies. Cincinnati outfielder Jay Bruce turned a routine fly-out into two Phillies runs by closing his glove about a foot from the baseball.

“It was a routine pop-up,” Bruce said. “It went into the lights and it never came out until I saw it hit the ground. The atmosphere was different.”

Fittingly, the game-changing play originated from the bat of shortstop Jimmy Rollins. Two days earlier, Rollins was describing his best defensive play in Roy Halladay’s Game 1 no-hitter. The grounder that ticked off the mound wasn’t hard to get to, Rollins said, but it was hard to see for all the white rally towels.

“We need to get some red towels,” Rollins said.

Reds lost this one on merit

October 9 Philadelphia Inquirer columnist Bob Ford

“On a night that was neither historic nor perfect nor even close, the Phillies will still take the outcome from Friday’s division series game with the Reds.

They award runs in these things, but not style points and that was good as the teams decamped and moved to Cincinnati for at least one more game. The schedule says there might be two more there, but the Reds don’t look up to the task at the moment.

Once again, the Phillies didn’t hit Cincinnati that well, and, this time, they didn’t pitch all that great, certainly nothing that required Roy Oswalt’s uniform to be overnighted to Cooperstown.

And, to be honest, as far as the third phase of the game – fielding – it didn’t look as if this was going to be their night, either.

But that wasn’t counting on the worst Reds’ performance since Warren Beatty.

Cueto’s layoff doesn’t bother Baker

October 9 Philadelphia Inquirer

“Johnny Cueto hasn’t thrown a baseball in anger since Sept. 29, but Cincinnati manager Dusty Baker expressed no concern that the righthander would be affected by the long layoff when he takes the mound Sunday against the Phillies in Game 3 of the National League division series at Great American Ball Park.

“He’s learned how to get his work in in the bullpen,” Baker said before Game 2 Friday at Citizens Bank Park. “He works hard. He runs a lot. Even though he’s still very young and hasn’t been here very long, he really knows himself and he knows his body. So I think he’ll be outstanding when we get back home.”

Phillies Notes: Halladay cutter wrapped up gem

October 9 Philadelphia Inquirer

“As he prepared to throw his 103d and penultimate pitch of Wednesday night’s NL division series opener, Roy Halladay looked in for the sign from Carlos Ruiz . For the first time all game, Halladay didn’t like what he saw.

Ruiz wanted a fastball up and in to Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips with an 0-1 count and two outs in the ninth. Halladay shook off his catcher for the first time all night.

“You know, elevating is something I’ll do on occasion,” Halladay said Friday, “but it was just something at that point I wasn’t comfortable doing.”

Halladay wanted a cutter.

Fastball not enough for Reds phenom

October 9 Philadelphia Inquirer

“The Phillies’ first encounter with hard-throwing Cuban lefthander Aroldis Chapman turned into an adventure – or, to be more precise, a series of misadventures for the Cincinnati Reds.

Thanks to a hit batter, a fielder’s choice that did not account for an out and two errors that led to two runs on the same play, the Phillies scored three times to turn a 4-3 deficit into a 6-4 lead against Chapman in the bottom of the seventh inning.

Yes, Harry, Game 2 was really hard to believe

October 9 Philadelphia Daily News columnist Bill Conlin

“IT WAS ONE of those annoying nights in The Bank where you could actually talk below a shout. Most of the game, that is. But not in a crazy endgame where the National League’s top-rated defense turned into nine Original Mets named Marv Throneberry.

All that early silence and those inert rally towels meant only one thing, of course. The Phillies were losing and playing like oafs in the process, a rarely seen sight for a team that prides itself on fundamental soundness.

It means the rally towels were resting on 46,511 laps. Bad baseball was being played. It was a pit stop for weary larynxes. Four throat lozenges and a full bottle of water, please.

Halladay sticking to routine, keeping focus on Phillies

October 9 Philadelphia Daily News

“As the rest of the baseball-following public reflected on his no-hit performance against the Reds in Game 1 of the National League Division Series, Roy Halladay tried his hardest to abide by the same routine that has guided him through more than a decade of dominance.

He rebuffed offers to appear on various national talk shows, including the “Late Show With David Letterman.” He limited his day-after media availability to an appearance on the MLB Network. In short, he acted nothing like a man who wanted to bask in the spotlight that comes with being only the second pitcher in postseason history to throw a no-hitter.

Utley erases errors with all the right stuff

October 9 Philadelphia Daily News columnist Sam Donnellon


Then he was sneaky.

Then he was a little lucky, and then he was really, really lucky.

By the time he scored the tying run in the Phillies’ come-from-behind 7-4 victory over Cincinnati last night, Chase Utley embodied all that is pretty and ugly about the game of baseball, and underlined one of his manager’s favorite mantras – that it is, in fact, better to be lucky than to be good when playing the game of baseball.

October 9 Philadelphia Daily News columnist Paul Hagen

“ROY OSWALT didn’t expect to throw a no-hitter, which is good considering that Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips hit the second pitch he threw over the fence in left. Pitchers like it when batters hit the ball at someone. Phillips hit it at someone who had paid for his seat.

Oswalt did hope to hold the Reds down and pitch deep into the game. Didn’t get that, either. Lasted just five innings, gave up a couple homers, four runs, three earned. Which would be a little disappointing if the Phillies hadn’t rallied for a 7-4 win to take a commanding lead of two games-to-none in their best-of-five National League Division Series against the Reds.

Cincinnati red-faced after costly miscues

October 9 Philadelphia Daily News

“HELPLESS, then hapless, the Cincinnati Reds are one loss from hiatus.

Four errors, three hit batsmen, one dropped throw at second base, one ill-advised throw to second base and a few dozen baffling lights added up to a 7-4 loss to the Phillies in Game 2 of the National League Division Series.

Roy Halladay turned their bats into batons in Game 1 with no-hit mastery matched only once in postseason history.

Absurdly poor play, wild pitching and bad decisions dug the Reds a 2-0 grave from which only five teams have emerged.

“We beat ourselves, man,” said Brandon Phillips, who early was the three-hit hero, then late the two-glitch goat. “It [stinks].”

Lost ball dooms Reds

October 9 Camden Courier-Post

“Lights out.

The turning point in Game 2 of the National League Division Series on Friday night at Citizens Bank Park didn’t come when Phillies reliever Brad “Lights Out” Lidge finished off the Reds in the ninth inning for a shiny comeback 7-4 victory.

The turning point came two innings earlier when Reds right fielder Jay Bruce lost a soft humpback line drive off the bat of Jimmy Rollins in the lights.

Phillies grateful for present from Reds

October 9 Cincinnati Enquirer

“It was gift-wrapped, and the Phillies knew it. “There were a lot of errors here and there,” understated Roy Oswalt, the Phillies starting pitcher. The Reds fumbled their way to a 7-4 defeat before 46,511 fans at Citizens Bank Park.

Trailing 4-0 going into the bottom of the fifth inning, the Phillies went on to quickly score six runs – only one of them earned – over the next three innings to take and build the lead to 6-4.

The Reds fielders made four errors and the Reds pitchers hit three Phillies batters.

Ex-Reds manager facing old team

October 9 Cincinnati Enquirer

“Yes, Pete Mackanin still thinks about being bypassed for Dusty Baker for the Reds managerial job. No, Mackanin does not hold any grudges.

Mackanin, now the bench coach for Philadelphia, was Reds interim manager for the last three months of the 2007 season. Mackanin replaced the fired Jerry Narron on July 1 that year and went 41-39, then was considered for the fulltime job.

The Reds instead chose the bigger, more experienced name in Baker.

Oswalt doesn’t have the answer, but bullpen pipes up

October 9 Wilmington News Journal

“Winning Game 1 has been easy for the Phillies during the last three postseasons. They’d won seven straight after Wednesday’s no-hitter by Roy Halladay.

But in the past four series, the Phillies had dropped Game 2, and that’s one of the reasons they acquired Roy Oswalt. He was supposed to be the answer.

Utley redeems himself for errors

October 9 Wilmington News Journal

“The night couldn’t have started out any worse for Chase Utley.

The Phillies second baseman committed two throwing errors in the second inning, which led to the second run of the game for the Cincinnati Reds.

It brought back memories from the NLCS last season, when Utley committed throwing errors in Game 1 and Game 2 against the Dodgers, raising speculation that he was either injured or developed a mental block.

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