Their strategy to begin reversing this series is quite clear: Stop making four errors, and stop allowing five unearned runs.They had allowed as many unearned runs only once previously all this year. They tied for the second fewest unearned runs (37) allowed among the 16 National League teams in the 162-game regular season. "We've got to go on to Game 3 and be better than we have been," said second baseman Brandon Phillips, charged with half of the Reds' four errors on Friday. "We've got to catch those balls, make those plays. We can't give the Phillies extra outs like that. It stinks to lose the way we did." "It's been our strength all year," Rolen said of the team's defense. "I give our pitchers credit. We weren't walking people. We weren't giving bases away. We were getting the ball in play. It's been a nice formula for us all year." The Reds' reputation also puts the Phillies on the alert that this series is not over. Manuel is always fond of saying that "this is a sport of momentum," and fickle old Mo can change sides in a heartbeat.
"They're very capable and they are a good team," Manuel said. "And not only are they a good team, but they're going to get better. And I have a lot of respect for them and believe me, we don't take 'em lightly at all."Another day off between games helped the Reds regroup. Taking the field in front of their welcoming home crowd could give them another boost. That may not be a game-changer, however. The Reds' season-long consistency has included being a good road club, the only one in the NL Central to have a winning record (42-39) away from home. Did you know?
Including AL Division Series, 89 percent of teams (34 of 38) to grab a 2-0 lead have gone on to take the series and 68 percent (26) did so with sweeps.
In addition to his sparkling Major League debut, Hamels also saved arguably the best game of his career for Great American Ball Park: His complete-game five-hitter, with 15 strikeouts, on April 21, 2007. If you're keeping (Game) Score, that was a 91 on the same scale that gave Halladay a 94 for his Game 1 no-hitter.
Johnny Cueto had a modest regular-season record of 12-7, but the Reds bullpen blew saves in six other possible victories. Only the Marlins' Josh Johnson was victimized by more blown saves -- seven.
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Third time's the arm: Hamels, Phils sweep DS
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|Gomes, J, LF||3||0||0||0||0||1||1||.000|
|Hernandez, Ra, C||3||0||1||0||0||0||1||.143|
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1-Ran for Hernandez, Ra in the 7th.
2B: Ruiz (1, Chapman).
HR: Utley (1, 5th inning off Cueto, 0 on, 2 out).
TB: Victorino; Polanco; Utley 4; Howard 2; Rollins; Ruiz 3.
RBI: Utley (4).
2-out RBI: Utley.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Rollins; Victorino 2; Hamels.
Team RISP: 0-for-6.
Team LOB: 8.
E: Polanco (1, fielding).
2B: Hernandez, Ra (1, Hamels).
TB: Stubbs; Phillips, B; Rolen; Hernandez, Ra 2; Bruce.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Rolen; Bruce.
Team RISP: 0-for-2.
Team LOB: 4.
E: Cabrera, O (1, throw), Rolen (2, fielding).
DP: (Cabrera, O-Phillips, B-Votto).
Groundouts-flyouts: Hamels 8-4, Cueto 6-7, Bailey, H 2-2, Bray 0-0, Masset 0-1, Chapman 0-2.
Batters faced: Hamels 31, Cueto 22, Bailey, H 8, Bray 1, Masset 2, Chapman 4.
Umpires: HP: Sam Holbrook. 1B: Ed Rapuano. 2B: Gary Cederstrom. 3B: Rob Drake. LF: John Hirschbeck. RF: Bruce Dreckman.
Weather: 82 degrees, clear.
Wind: 6 mph, Varies.
Compiled by MLB Advanced Media