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Saturday, October 9, 2010

Reds vs. Phillies: Game 2 of ALDS

The Cincinnati Reds started off strong with a lead off home run by Brandon Phillips in the top of the 1st inning  (1-0) off Roy Oswalt, which secured them from not having another shutout appearance. The Reds scored again in the 2nd (2-0), 4th (solo home run by Jay Bruce; 3-0), and 5th (4-0) before the Philadelphia Phillies joined into the party. The Phillies racked up 2 scores in the 5th (4-2), 1 in the 6th (4-3), 3 in the 7th (4-6), and 1 in the 8th (4-7).

The Reds only had 4 players that got hits: Brandon Phillips, 3-for-4 a double, a solo home run, and 2 runs; Orlando Cabrera, 1-for-2, and he left the game in the 5th inning with a strained oblique muscle (I have no idea what that is); Joey Votto, NL MVP candidate went 1-for-3; and Jay Bruce, 1-for-3 with a solo home run. While the Phillies had 1 more player with a hit, 5 players with hits: Chase Utley, 2-for-4 with 2 runs and 2 RBI; Ryan Howard, 1-for-3; Jason Werth, 2-for-4 with 2 runs and 1 RBI; Raul Ibanez, 2-for-4; and Mike Sweeney, PH, 1-for-1.

The pitching match up was Bronson Arroyo vs. Roy Oswalt. Bronson Arroyo won this matchup though the Reds lost. Roy Oswalt was having a hard time with the Cincinnati Reds offense after Roy Halladay had a hay day with them, two days before hand. Oswalt only pitched for 5 innings allowing 5 hits, 4 runs (2 home runs and 3 earned), 1 walk, but did strike out 5. Bronson Arroyo pitched just 1 more out than Oswalt, 5.1 innings, allowing 4 hits, 3 runs (1 earned), 3 walks, and 2 strike outs. Oswalt's ERA for the game was 5.40 while Arroyo's was only 1.69. Neither pitcher got the winning or losing decision.

Link to box score: http://es.pn/bYJGar
"Cincinnati Reds likely without SS Orlando Cabrera against Philadelphia Phillies", by Associated Press on ESPN.com: http://es.pn/a333ui

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