6:07 PM ET, October 8, 2010
Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
PHILADELPHIA -- Bright lights, glaring error.Reds right fielder Jay Bruce missed a seventh-inning line drive after losing the ball in the lights, allowing two crucial runs to score, and the Philadelphia Phillies took advantage of Cincinnati's shoddy fielding to earn a 7-4 win Friday night for a 2-0 lead in the best-of-five NL division series.
Out Of The Ordinary
Jay Bruce is normally a reliable defensive outfielder. Bruce tied for the league lead in defensive runs saved among right fielders.
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Lidge On A Heater
Brad Lidge converted his 11th straight postseason save, which is the second-longest streak in postseason history.
Polanco returned to the lineup after missing the opener with a sore back. ... Phillips had never hit a leadoff homer. ... The Phillies have sold out 133 straight games, including the playoffs. ... Rollins batted sixth and Victorino led off. It was the first time in 34 career playoff games that Rollins didn't bat first. ... Reds SS Orlando Cabrera left after four innings. He aggravated his left side turning a double play. ... The six combined errors set an NL division series record. The four by Cincinnati tied a team mark. The Chicago Cubs also made four errors against the Los Angeles Dodgers in a first-round playoff game on Oct. 2, 2008.
|1st||B Phillips homered to left (375 feet).||1||0|
|2nd||R Hanigan grounded into fielder's choice to shortstop, D Stubbs out at second, L Nix to third, L Nix scored, R Hanigan to second on throwing error by second baseman C Utley.||2||0|
|4th||J Bruce homered to right (430 feet).||3||0|
|5th||J Votto hit sacrifice fly to left, B Phillips scored.||4||0|
|5th||C Utley singled to right, D Brown and S Victorino scored, P Polanco to third.||4||2|
|6th||S Victorino walked, J Werth scored, C Ruiz to third, B Francisco to second.||4||3|
|7th||J Rollins safe at first on error by right fielder J Bruce, C Utley advanced to third on J Bruce error, J Werth advanced to second on J Bruce error, C Utley and J Werth scored, J Rollins to second on error by second baseman B Phillips.||4||5|
|7th||C Ruiz grounded into fielder's choice to shortstop, J Rollins scored, R Ibanez out at second.||4||6|
|8th||J Werth singled to left, C Utley scored, R Howard to second.||4||7|
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|Stadium||Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia, PA|
|Attendance||46,511 (106.6% full) - % is based on regular season capacity|
|Weather||72 degrees, clear|
|Umpires||Home Plate - Bruce Dreckman, First Base - Sam Holbrook, Second Base - Ed Rapuano, Third Base - Gary Cederstrom|
Phillies are the 6th team to have 2 wild pitches and commit 2 errors in a postseason game AND win. The last team to do it...the Phillies in Game 4 of the 2009 NLDS.[+]
2 Errors, 2 Wild Pitches In Win
The 5 unearned runs allowed by the Reds are tied for the 2nd-most in a Division Series game. The Angels in Game 1 of the 2004 ALDS vs the Red Sox, the Cubs in Game 2 of the 2008 NLDS vs the Dodgers and the Twins in Game 3 of the 2006 ALDS vs the A's also had 5 unearned runs allowed. The record in a Division Series game is 7 by the A's in Game 4 of the 2002 ALDS vs the Twins.
From Elias: The Reds had 4 errors and hit 3 batters today... FROM ELIAS The last team to make at least 4 errors and hit at least 3 batters in any game was the Rays at the Blue Jays, July 20, 2002. The last time the Reds did it -- May 14, 1939 against the Cardinals.
Jay Bruce tied for the major league lead in Defensive Runs Saved among right fielders. He and Mike Stanton each had 17 This metric combines multiple aspects of an outfielder's defensive ability-- his ability to turn batted balls into outs, his ability to throw baserunners out, and his ability to rob home runs. Bruce also rated first among RF in the stat Enhanced Plus-Minus, which rated a fielders ability to turn batted balls into outs. Bruce rated a +24, (you would refer to that as 24 bases saved)
How the Phillies bullpen restored order against the Reds: - No messing around. The Phillies bullpen faced 14 hitters and only went to 3-ball counts twice (both walks). Of the 52 pitches the 5 relievers threw, 34 were strikes (65.4 pct). - Effective fastball. Reds hitters were 1-9 (.111) against the relievers' heaters. They collectively threw 30 fastballs and 23 were strikes (76.7 pct).
Brad Lidge converted his 11th straight postseason save, which is the second-longest streak in postseason history.[+]
Reds: 4 errors in this game. They made four errors in only one game all season-- May 20 against the Braves. Their 72 regular season errors tied for 2nd-fewest in baseball with the Padres, and co-led the National League.
The 4 errors by the Reds tie an LDS record, previously done 5 times. The 6 combined errors tie an LDS record previously set by the Athletics and Red Sox in the 2003 ALDS -- Athletics 4, Red Sox 2.
From Elias: The last time the Reds made 2 errors in an inning in a postseason inning-- Game 3 of the 1972 World Series...Johnny Bench and Joe Morgan made an error on the same play in the 6th inning.
The 4 runs allowed by Oswalt are 1 shy of his postseason high, done twice previously (2005 WS, 2004 NLCS)
There has never been a cycle in a postseason game. 92 players have finished a postseason game a triple shy of a cycle.
Jay Bruce is the 2nd Reds player age 23 or younger to homer in a postseason game. The other player is Johnny Bench, who homered in Game 3 of the 1970 NLCS and Game 2 of the 1970 World Series at the age of 22
FROM ELIAS Chase Utley has 2 errors today. It's the first time in Phillies postseason history that they've had a player make 2 errors in a game.
6th time a Reds second baseman has hit a postseason HR Joe Morgan has 3 of them. Phillips, Mariano Duncan and Bret Boone have the others.. Boone was the last (1995 NLDS)
From Elias: Chase Utley has made 2 errors in a game 3 times in the regular season (never in postseason until today). A pair of those came in 2010-- April 22 against the Braves and May 14 against the Brewers. FROM ELIAS First time in Utley's career he's made 2 throwing errors in the same game.
Roy Oswalt is the first Phillies pitcher to allow a leadoff HR in a postseason game.
Brandon Phillips: 2nd leadoff HR in a postseason game in Reds history. The other was by Pete Rose in Game 5 of the 1972 World Series against the A's (off Catfish Hunter).
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