This page is dedicated to the Phillies sweep of the Reds in the 2010 NLDS. It was the first time in franchise history that the Phillies swept an opponent out of the playoffs, and featured many great moments in Phillies history. Featured below is the game recap post after the Game 3 clincher, as well as photos from Games 2 and 3. For a recap and photos from Game 1, check out this page honoring Roy Halladay’s no-hitter. For recap of Game 2, click here.
Business is Brooming: Phillies Complete Sweep of Reds
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All the Phillies wanted this year was redemption. They knew mistakes had cost them to 2009 World Series, and they claimed “unfinished business” going into the season. One person looking for more than his fair share of redemption was Cole Hamels. Hamels had struggled through 2009, and didn’t look like the World Series MVP everyone thought he was. Every time he dominated in 2010, the question loomed: was Cole Hamels back? I think now it’s safe to say he is back, and maybe better than ever.
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The Phillies started things off in a familiar pattern to Game 2. Again, it was a Reds’ error helping the Phillies. Orlando Cabrera was unexpectedly in the lineup. And all he had to do on his first fielding play was make a solid throw to first. He sailed the throw to Joey Votto, which allowed Jayson Werth to reach, and Placido Polanco to score. The Phillies didn’t add any insurance for Hamels until the fifth, when Chase Utley blasted the Phillies’ first home run of the 2010 Postseason. From there, Hamels cruised. He continued to dominate the Reds’ lineup, especially the middle part of the order, and eventually was through eight shutout innings. The Phillies never thought about making a move; this was Hamels’ game to finish. Hamels allowed a leadoff baserunner in the ninth, as Brandon Phillips singled. But, Joey Votto, the most reliable piece of the Cincinnati lineup, grounded into a double play. That pretty much killed the crowd, and was the dagger to the Reds. Scott Rolen had only one hit in the series, and had struck out seven times in ten trips to the plate, and he represented the Reds’ final hope. Hamels’ struck out Rolen to end the Reds’ season, and complete the sweep for the Phillies. The Phillies took Game 3, 2-0, and advanced to the NLCS for the third straight season.
Pitching wins championships. The Phillies have been weighing their entire season on that statement, and after three games, and the first series on the road to becoming World Champions, they have proved it to perfection. The Phillies’ pitching staff, featuring Roy Halladay, Roy Oswalt, and Cole Hamels, allowed 11 hits combined in the entire series, setting an LDS record for fewest hits allowed. Two of those three worked complete game shutouts, and despite Oswalt’s very average start, when placed between the two gems from Halladay and Hamels, the Phillies’ H2O plan has worked to perfection so far. The Phillies’ offense isn’t here to do it all, and not all three pitchers have to do it all. The Phillies didn’t need all of Roy Halladay’s no-hitter, but they will take all the extra effort. With Oswalt, the Phillies didn’t need a shutout, or even for him to be the winner. In a game where the offense didn’t get going right away, what the Phillies needed from Oswalt was a chance, and Oswalt left them in a two-run game with four innings to get another two runs to tie. The Phillies scored five more runs in those four innings, while the Reds didn’t score at all. And then in Game 3, the Phillies needed a solid performance from Cole Hamels. They didn’t need the complete game; if Hamels would have only had seven shutout innings in them, they would have taken it; but he gave it to them anyway. These three pitchers make the Phillies the most feared rotation in baseball, as there is not another team with a rotation as stacked as the Phillies. So, with another solid division series, the Phillies are advancing to the NLCS for yet another season. The only differences so far: they don’t have an opponent yet, and they won’t face the Los Angeles Dodgers this time. In each of the past two seasons, the Dodgers had already advanced by the time to Phillies finished their NLDS series. Now, they hold the distinction of being the first NL team into the NLCS, and it leaves the Phillies with plenty of time to relax and enjoy this one.
Phillies Network will have coverage of the Phillies’ sweep, with special pages honoring the series win and Roy Halladay’s Postseason no-hitter coming soon. There will also be several articles on the upcoming series, and, once an opponent is decided, previews on that team.