Playoff Series: Game 2 of 3

Philadelphia won 3-0

Game 1: Wednesday, October 6
Game 2: Friday, October 8
Game 3: Sunday, October 10

Reds 4


    6:07 PM ET, October 8, 2010

    Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 

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    W: J. Contreras (1-0)

    L: A. Chapman (0-1)

    S: B. Lidge (1)

    Errors give Phillies late life, bury Reds in 2-0 hole

    Associated Press

    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.

    After Roy Halladay threw the second no-hitter in postseason history in Philadelphia's 4-0 victory Wednesday, the Reds were determined to show their resilience.

    Brandon Phillips hit a leadoff homer on Roy Oswalt's fourth pitch and the Reds built a 4-0 lead before their defense and bullpen unraveled.

    "I feel like I let my team down," Bruce said. "It was in the lights the whole time. I tried to stick with it. It was a pretty helpless feeling."

    The Phillies rallied against hard-throwing rookie Aroldis Chapman and his triple-digit fastball after soft-tossing starter Bronson Arroyo kept Philadelphia's hitters off balance.

    The two-time defending NL champions can close out the series in Game 3 on Sunday night in Cincinnati. Cole Hamels, the 2008 World Series MVP, pitches for the Phillies. Johnny Cueto is on the mound for the Reds.

    Leading 4-3, the Reds turned to Chapman to protect the slim margin in the seventh. The 22-year-old Cuban came in firing, but he hit Chase Utley with a 101 mph fastball leading off. It wasn't clear whether the ball grazed Utley's right forearm, but he didn't seem shaken.

    "I'm not sure," Utley said when asked if the ball hit him. "At first, I thought it was going to hit me in the head. He throws fast. I felt like it hit me, so I put my head down and ran to first."

    Chapman saw it differently.

    "No, I don't think at any time the ball hit him," he said through a translator.

    After Ryan Howard struck out, Jayson Werth hit a bouncer to third baseman Scott Rolen. Utley beat the throw to second on a close call. Phillips threw his arms up and Reds manager Dusty Baker came out to argue briefly.

    Jimmy Rollins then hit a liner to right that Bruce turned into a two-base error. The lights were the culprit, he said, not the sea of white-and-red "Fightin' Phils" rally towels.

    The ball rolled past Bruce, and Utley scored the tying run. Werth scored without a play when Phillips dropped the relay throw for another error, giving the Phillies a 5-4 lead.

    "It's embarrassing," Bruce said. "I take great pride in my defense, but there was nothing I can do about it."

    Raul Ibanez followed with a single and Carlos Ruiz hit an RBI grounder for a 6-4 lead.

    Werth hit an RBI single off Nick Masset in the eighth to cap the scoring.

    Jose Contreras tossed a perfect seventh to earn the win. Ryan Madson worked the eighth and Brad Lidge pitched around a leadoff walk in the ninth for the save. Third baseman Placido Polanco made a diving, backhanded stab on Chris Heisey's hard grounder and threw to first to end it.

    The Reds finished second in the NL with a club-record .988 fielding percentage, but four errors led to five unearned runs. Their relievers hit three batters, who all ended up scoring. Philadelphia had eight hits, all singles.

    "That was an uncommon night for us," Baker said. "I don't think it's pressure as much as it is inexperience."

    Before they fell apart, the Reds made this Roy look ordinary.

    Oswalt allowed four runs -- three earned -- and five hits in five innings. Oswalt used to dominate the Reds, but lost to them twice this season. He won his first 15 decisions against Cincinnati and was 23-1 coming into the year.

    "I knew that as long as we didn't get blown out, we have a chance," Oswalt said. "I was trying to throw a quality start. I knew I wasn't going to go out there and throw a no-hitter."

    Phillips, who made the final out against Halladay, drove a hanging slider into the left-field seats to snap Cincinnati's 30-inning scoreless drought against Philadelphia. The All-Star second baseman flipped his bat and sauntered around the bases, pumping his fist on the way to the dugout.

    Arroyo allowed two unearned runs and four hits in 5 1/3 innings. The shaggy-haired right-hander, a 17-game winner, used an assortment of slow curves and other off-speed pitches to baffle the Phillies. He reached 90 mph on the radar gun just once, on his 38th pitch.

    Two defensive gaffes by two of Cincinnati's best fielders allowed the Phillies to get back in it in the fifth. Then wildness from the Reds' relievers made it even closer an inning later.

    Arthur Rhodes plunked Ruiz on the left knee with a two-out pitch to put two runners on in the sixth. Logan Ondrusek came in and hit pinch-hitter Ben Francisco on the bill of his helmet to load the bases. Francisco's helmet spun off, but he was fine.

    Shane Victorino walked to force in a run and get the Phillies within 4-3. Polanco grounded out to end the inning.

    Phillips, who led NL second basemen in fielding percentage, booted Victorino's two-out grounder to put two runners on in the fifth. Rolen, a seven-time Gold Glove winner, bobbled Polanco's grounder, loading the bases.

    Utley followed with a two-run single to cut it to 4-2. The stoic Utley slapped his hands together at first base in an uncharacteristic display of emotion while the sellout crowd roared. Arroyo fanned Howard to end the inning.

    A pair of throwing errors by Utley gave the Reds a run in the second.

    Bruce led off the fourth with a towering shot into the second deck in right to make it 3-0. Bruce was the only runner to reach against Halladay in Game 1 when he walked with two outs in the fifth.

    Phillips doubled to start the fifth and scored on Joey Votto's sacrifice fly.

    Acquired from Houston on July 29, Oswalt went 7-1 with a 1.74 ERA in 13 games with the Phillies. Oswalt -- not Halladay or Hamels -- was Philadelphia's best pitcher down the stretch. The three-time All-Star was 7-0 with a 1.17 ERA in his last 10 starts.

    But Oswalt never seemed to find his groove. He appeared out of sync with catcher Ruiz, shaking off a lot of pitches and stepping off the mound quite a bit.

    The Reds led the NL in batting average (.278), homers (188) and runs (790), but they were shut out three straight games against Philadelphia. The Phillies won consecutive 1-0 games to complete a four-game sweep before the All-Star break and Halladay opened this series with his gem.

    Game notes

    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.

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    Game Information

    StadiumCitizens Bank Park, Philadelphia, PA
    Attendance46,511 (106.6% full) - % is based on regular season capacity
    Game Time3:39
    Weather72 degrees, clear
    Wind14 mph
    UmpiresHome Plate - Bruce Dreckman, First Base - Sam Holbrook, Second Base - Ed Rapuano, Third Base - Gary Cederstrom

    Research Notes

    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.
    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).
    From Elias: Winning pitcher- Jose Contreras Losing pitcher- Aroldis Chapman First time the winning and losing pitchers of a postseason game were both from Cuba
    LidgeBrad 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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