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Added October 11th, 2010 by Chalk

Phillies Sweep Reds, Giants Retake Home-Field Advantage
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The NLCS will again go through Philadelphia. Sunday night in Cincinnati, the Philadelphia Phillies completed a three-game NLDS sweep of the Reds with a 2-0 win as pitcher Cole Hamels pitched a five-hit shutout. Now the Phillies await the winner of the other NLDS between the San Francisco Giants and Atlanta Braves. On Sunday afternoon, the Giants won 3-2 in Atlanta to take a two games to one lead in that series, helped by three errors from Braves second baseman Brooks Conrad.

Reds shortstop Orlando Cabrera was impressed with Philadelphia’s swagger as they easily dispatched his Reds.  “Man, they didn’t even celebrate,” Cabrera said with a laugh. “They knew they were going to win.” Cabrera, who had said Phillies ace Roy Halladay got a lot of help from umpires in his Game 1 no-hitter, also gave props to Philly’s pitchers. “Now is the time to give them credit,” said the shortstop.

As good as the Phillies pitchers have been, the Giants starters have arguably been even better in the other series. For the Phillies, Halladay pitched better than he needed to after being fronted a 4-0 lead after two innings, and Oswalt pitched poorly in Game 2, spotting the Reds a 4-0 lead and giving up four runs, three earned in 5 innings before the Phillies batters rallied for a 7-4 win. Tim Lincecum pitched a two-hit shutout to give the Giants a 1-0 win in Game 1, Matt Cain followed by allowing just one unearned run over 6.2 innings in Game 2 before San Francisco’s bullpen blew a four-run lead and lost the game in 11 innings, and Jonathan Sanchez allowed only one earned run over 7.1 innings in a no-decision on Sunday.

If you want to compare totals:

  • Phillies starters in NLDS vs. Reds: 2-0, 23 innings, 10 hits, 4 runs, 3 earned runs, 2 walks, 22 strikeouts
  • Giants startes in NLDS vs. Braves: 1-0, 23 innings, 11 hits, 2 runs, 1 earned run, 4 walks, 31 strikeouts

Hopefully, San Francisco can finish off the Braves, because a Phillies-Braves NLCS looks to be very boring. The Phillies took five out of six games from the Braves over the final two weeks of the regular season.

Facing elimination in Monday’s Game 4, the Braves will send out Derek Lowe on short rest to face Giants rookie Madison Bumgarner. Lowe lost to Lincecum in Game 1, giving up one run over 5.1 innings. He also pitched on three days rest as a Dodger in Game 4 of the 2008 NLCS versus the Phillies, giving up two earned in five innings.  Bumgarner, who turned 21 on August 1, will be making his postseason debut after going 7-6 with a 3.00 ERA in 18 starts this season. The youngster will be pitching on 10 days rest, and gave up only one run in 12 innings while winning his final two regular season starts. If the Braves force a Game 5 back in San Francisco, they’ll get another shot at Lincecum.

 
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