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2010 Gameday

NLDS Gameday: Phillies at Reds, Game 3

Philadelphia Phillies (2-0) at Cincinnati Reds (0-2)

Cole Hamels (12-11, 3.06 ERA)  vs. Johnny Cueto (12-7, 3.64 ERA)
Atlanta Braves

Time: 8:07 p.m., Great American Ball Park
Clear, 73
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We’re on the precipice of history, here, Nation. Believe it or not, despite making 13 trips to the postseason, collecting seven pennants and two World Series titles along the way, the Phillies have never, not once, swept a playoff series. Tonight, Cole Hamels, who won the playoff MVP double in 2008, takes the ball in attempt to rectify that situation. So far, it’s taken some concentrated, if not not particularly consistent, hitting (plus a little help from the Reds’ defense) to beat Cincinnati twice. Almost all of the Phillies’ starters are hitting. The problem is that none of them are hitting particularly well–only Raul Ibanez has an OPS over .750. As the series turns to The Nasty ‘Natti, La Furia Roja will try to break out their bats against Johnny Cueto.

Seldom do Philly fans need a reason to boo an opposing pitcher lustily, but tonight’s Reds starter, Johnny Cueto, gives us a real doozy. Remember that benches-clearing fracas between the Reds and Cardinals a couple months back? It was one of the few baseball fights that looked more like a real fight than a baseball fight, which we all thought was awesome at the time. But what came to light later was that Cardinals catcher Jason LaRue suffered a concussion in the fight. LaRue is a member of that most likable of baseball fraternities, the light-hitting career backup catcher. In 12 major league seasons, LaRue didn’t contribute much of anything on the diamond, posting a .712 OPS in 922 games, but he was that hackneyed “calming veteran presence” on several teams, was erudite on camera, and, at least from what I’ve read, was well-liked well-respected throughout the sport. Guys like that tend to go on to become managers (for evidence, see Bruce Bochy, Buck Martinez, Joe Girardi, and, if you want to step into the wayback machine, Connie Mack).

Anyway, the last thing LaRue will do in a major league uniform is take a boot to the head. Remember that guy pressed up against the backstop, flinging his cleats wildly at anyone who approached? Johnny Cueto. One of his kicks caught LaRue on the head, and just like that, career over. So don’t feel bad if he gets lit up tonight.

In order for Cole Hamels to slam the door on Cincy’s collective fingers tonight, he’ll have to continue to keep the middle of their order in check. The Reds’ 3-4 hitters, presumptive ML MVP Joey Votto and former Phillie Scott Rolen, are a combined 1-for-13 in this series through two games, and with Brandon Phillips hitting well ahead of them (to say nothing of the removal of offensive albatross Orlando Cabrera from the lineup), it will be of paramount importance to Hamels and whatever relievers Uncle Cholly uses to keep Votto and Rolen from driving in those baserunners.

Oh, and I had forgotten about this little tidbit until @Utley4God brought it up on Twitter, but the last time Cueto and Hamels opposed each other, on July 6, 2009, Hamels allowed a Jonny Gomes solo homer and two other hits in seven innings of work. Cueto allowed nine earned runs on five hits (including a two-run double by Hamels himself) in only 2/3 of an inning. The Phils won that game 22-1.

Today’s Lineup: Victorino CF, Polanco 3B, Utley 2B, Howard 1B, Werth RF, Rollins SS, Ibanez LF, Ruiz C, Hamels P

Victory Lager

Your gameday beer: Victory Storm King Stout

This beer gets the nod for three reasons: 1) the name 2) it’s a local beverage 3) it led to a good night in Ohio for me once, a tradition I trust the Phillies will follow this evening. I had been drinking Victory stouts for a while at the Draught Horse near Temple University when I went to pick up a six-pack for a party I was attending in Columbus. At this point, I didn’t know that Victory made two stouts: Donnybrook Stout (an Irish stout which, depending on my mood, I actually prefer to Guinness) and Storm King Stout (an Imperial stout). Excited to see a Philly Metro brewery’s wares on offer in Ohio, I picked up a sixer of the Storm King, unaware that, at 9.1% ABV, it has nearly three times the alcohol content of Donnybrook. What I expected to be a quiet night (for me, at least) turned into something of a rager. Here’s to unexpected ragers.

by Michael



  1. Sweet Dee

    October 10, 2010 at 5:41 pm

    No one should be worried. KING COLE has got this. Do work, boys!


    October 10, 2010 at 5:47 pm

    Hamels has allowed 1ER or less in 6 of his 7 career starts against the Reds. Hamels is 6-0 w/a 1.07 ERA lifetime against CIN.


    October 10, 2010 at 5:48 pm


  4. Bart Shart

    October 10, 2010 at 5:54 pm

    Johnny Cueto is a genuine creep. I hope he gets shelled.

  5. Manny

    October 10, 2010 at 6:33 pm

    Changed my link. Last one worked justttt fine… let’s hope this one works just as well.

    KING COLE on the mound! GO PHILS!

  6. Andrew from waldorf

    October 10, 2010 at 6:51 pm

    Nice link Manny.
    I think the Phils got this. If somehow they dont win tonight.
    Big Roy tomorrow.

    Lets not give them any signs of life though.

  7. Andrew from waldorf

    October 10, 2010 at 6:55 pm

    Yankees swept so lets keep pace.
    Rays fighting back and I guess are favored in a game 5
    Regardless Rangers now will burn Lee in game 5
    so he wont go vs the spankees in a game 1. TB was my AL pick all along.

    Watching the Braves-Giants 1-0 SF in the 7th
    Memo to the manager of the Giants dont use Brain Wilson in the 8th tonight and dont even consider Linceum on short rest for a game 4.
    I am pretty sure he understands both of theses things already though.

  8. Manny

    October 10, 2010 at 6:59 pm

    Scary pitching by the Giants… Lincecum, Cain, Sanchez are all legit. I’m rooting for the Braves right now and also hoping that their NLDS goes to five games.

  9. Manny

    October 10, 2010 at 7:05 pm

    Look at the crowd @ Turner Field… 80% of them don’t have any Braves gear…not even a cap!

  10. Andrew from waldorf

    October 10, 2010 at 7:11 pm

    They didnt even sell out till after they won game 2.
    A truly pathetic bunch.

    Jave mad respect for Giants. If manager doesnt blwo game 2 they are going for the sweep here.
    Regardless of tongihts outcome you save Timmy for a game 5.
    So yea we want braves to win one of these to at least force a game 5 so we wouldnt face timmy in a game 1.

  11. Andrew from waldorf

    October 10, 2010 at 7:12 pm

    Im off to watch the game
    talk to everyone after the sweep
    go phils

  12. loupossehl

    October 10, 2010 at 7:26 pm

    Braves go ahead in the 8th. If the lead holds, Giants will use Lincecum on 3 days’ rest???

    If so and if the lead holds, either Braves win – who will then be taken to the woodshed by the Phillies, or the Giants come out on top, but with a used-up Freak.

    Just what the Doctor ordered.


    October 10, 2010 at 7:27 pm

    LETS DO THIS!!!!


    October 10, 2010 at 7:34 pm

    Ryan Madson revealed today that he wears a Miguel Cairo “looking” mask as a pregame ritual this postseason.

  15. Andrew from waldorf

    October 10, 2010 at 7:38 pm

    No you save Lincecum
    f you are down 2-1 even if you win game 4 there is a game 5

    but the braves do it again! Bring them on. Or at least goto a game 5 and make the Giants burn Lincecum.

    really leaving now
    go phils!

  16. bostonkate

    October 10, 2010 at 8:03 pm

    Let’s get out the brooms for a sweep! Do this King Cole!

  17. biz

    October 10, 2010 at 8:19 pm

    Always nice to see Jimmy taking pitches. Ibanez should never bat behind anyone this undisciplined.

  18. ChuckS

    October 10, 2010 at 8:20 pm

    I think Valdez needs to replace Jimmy

  19. psujoe

    October 10, 2010 at 8:21 pm


    Just logged on to post the same thing. Had Cueto up to 20 pitches so Jimmy swings and makes an out on the 1st pitch. Raul batted 6th all year and Charlie had to change it.

  20. biz

    October 10, 2010 at 8:28 pm


    My biggest beef with Charlie is how he caters to Jimmy’s ego over what’s best for the team. Jimmy should bat 8th. He’s the weakest link in this lineup.

  21. Kate

    October 10, 2010 at 8:30 pm

    Shane made a FABULOUS catch, but Chooch still owns THE play of this series.

    A shame Cole’s not getting his corners, but he got through the first. Now he can relax and just pitch.

  22. Kate

    October 10, 2010 at 8:31 pm

    I’ll bet Jimmy takes a pitch his next AB.

  23. ChuckS

    October 10, 2010 at 8:37 pm

    the phils are hitting the ball hard, before too long they will stop being at someone

  24. biz

    October 10, 2010 at 8:49 pm

    Cole’s looking strong. The only hard hit the Reds have was an out. Those 2 dribblers were weak. He’s got good stuff tonight. Hopefully we can tack a few more on Cueto, he looks like he’s ready to give up a few runs.

  25. Mike

    October 10, 2010 at 8:55 pm

    TBS play by play is the worst

  26. Mike

    October 10, 2010 at 8:57 pm

    Nice hustle from the big man

  27. Tracey

    October 10, 2010 at 8:58 pm

    When are these guys going to figure out that Ryan can hit to the left?

  28. Tracey

    October 10, 2010 at 9:33 pm


  29. Tracey

    October 10, 2010 at 9:35 pm

    I love the look on Utley’s face when somebody told him what’s going on.

  30. steven

    October 10, 2010 at 9:43 pm

    Just a comment…stupid to put the Cincinnati Reds logo as your graphic for game night. Are we reds fans? Are we rooting for them over the Phillies? Give me a sick graphic of Cole throwing a nasty change up or something, there is no reason for that Reds graphic….


  31. Kate

    October 10, 2010 at 9:45 pm

    Is tonight the night King Cole goes the distance?

    Honestly, I think the review of Utley’s homer was the right thing to do. On further review, there’s no way Stubbs had that ball, but on first viewing, I was cringing at the fan’s glove catching it.

  32. biz

    October 10, 2010 at 9:46 pm

    Cole’s dealing tonight.

  33. AC in NJ

    October 10, 2010 at 10:03 pm

    Hamels is so efficient tonight.

  34. AC in NJ

    October 10, 2010 at 10:05 pm

    and down goes Votto!!

  35. AC in NJ

    October 10, 2010 at 10:07 pm

    76 pitches through 6 innings…Hamels may be able to go all the way at this pace.

    Is Joe Buck going to start calling the games once the Phils hit the NLCS? Cause I can’t stand Joe Buck.

  36. Brooks

    October 10, 2010 at 10:09 pm

    Been watching – wow, Cole is tossing some fire tonight!
    I knew there would be some lumber, and I dont think the Phils are done yet.

  37. bostonkate

    October 10, 2010 at 10:18 pm

    Cole is dealin’!!! I have a serious beef with rollins though

  38. Me

    October 10, 2010 at 10:23 pm

    i agree that this play-by-play is pretty bad but ive started doing some play-by-play myself for my local school district tv station & its A LOT harder than we all think… just saying… i really have a new appreciation for what announcers can do… especially the colors cuz my color the other day for a volleyball match was terrible & had to ask me how many points they play to in a game and stuff like that (luckily i play volleyball)

  39. Brooks

    October 10, 2010 at 10:29 pm

    What are you talking about kate?
    Cole is at 94 pitches, 7 innings of work. I’m thinking he comes out and we see Madson.
    Anyone else?

  40. Lefty

    October 10, 2010 at 10:31 pm

    I think you’re right Brooks, a couple of hard hit balls last inning. We’ll see.

  41. Brooks

    October 10, 2010 at 10:46 pm

    Go Cole Go!

  42. Brooks

    October 10, 2010 at 10:47 pm

    105 pitches, that has to be it!

  43. Brooks

    October 10, 2010 at 10:48 pm

    BK, are you going to explain your beef with Jimmy?

  44. Lefty

    October 10, 2010 at 10:50 pm

    On second thought….

  45. Lefty

    October 10, 2010 at 10:51 pm

    Chapman is hittable

  46. Brooks

    October 10, 2010 at 11:03 pm

    Oh boy… quick trigger I hope

  47. Brooks

    October 10, 2010 at 11:04 pm


  48. Brooks

    October 10, 2010 at 11:07 pm

    Wooooooooooooo DP!

  49. Brooks

    October 10, 2010 at 11:08 pm

    Cole the Great!

  50. Mazinman

    October 10, 2010 at 11:17 pm

    Incredible job by Hamels. It was not a no-hitter but still impressive in the way he went to the other team’s stadium and dominate. Congrats the Phils on their first ever sweep. This team is truly amazing. The Phils’ pitching just stopped the best offensive team in the NL cold. Bring on the Braves or Giants.

  51. Philly Texan

    October 10, 2010 at 11:19 pm

    Oh yeah!!!! Clinching never gets old!

    Hamels was fantastic tonight. And I love that he finished it himself. He’s learning from Halladay.

    Go Phils!!! Let’s keep rolling!

  52. Bart Shart

    October 10, 2010 at 11:20 pm

    Great game. This was not only a stellar performance by Hamels, but a game that sends a resounding message to the rest of the playoff teams. The Phils are the team to beat. Awesome pitching.

  53. Kate

    October 10, 2010 at 11:21 pm

    Cole PHucking Hamels for the complete game shut-out and clincher!

    Good for you, Cole! You EARNED it back!

    I’m so pumped up happy for him!


    October 10, 2010 at 11:25 pm


  55. jeff

    October 10, 2010 at 11:31 pm

    boy this room is filled tonight. lol…not

    hey howard you waste. give back that money. god he s u c k s….

    kate can hit better.

  56. Lefty

    October 10, 2010 at 11:33 pm


    It just keeps getting better. Cole is a beast.

  57. bostonkate

    October 10, 2010 at 11:35 pm

    @brooks I just don’t think he should be hitting where he is in the lineup. Charlie caters to him way too much. Just a personal opinion though.


    October 10, 2010 at 11:43 pm


  59. Lefty

    October 10, 2010 at 11:44 pm

    H2 – 18 IP- 5 H- 15K- 0ER- 1BB
    O- Will come back strong in NLCS

  60. betasigmadeltashag

    October 10, 2010 at 11:44 pm

    Great game by King Cole, love to see him just deal and sit these guys down. How great is that they clinch with our good buddy Scotty Rolen striking out on a 95 MPH high heat. Bet you wish you were still in PHilly now Scotty don’t you. That was agreat exclamation point fast ball by Cole.
    I know it is way early but do you all think Charlie will keep the same rotation, with the Roy’s going back to back then Cole then Blanton. I think Cole is the real number two, but if the series goes seven, Cole would pitch game seven if he is the third starter.
    Man this is going to be a long week till Saturday. PHILLIES sweep into the NCS.

  61. bacardipr05

    October 10, 2010 at 11:46 pm

    Cole was brilliant… Would like to see the Bats step it up a little bit…Where are the Victorino haters?

  62. betasigmadeltashag

    October 10, 2010 at 11:50 pm

    I would not mind moving Jimmy down to seventh, but do not be surprised if the week off for Jimmy gets him to 100 percent that he does not move back up to lead off, I know all you would hate that but it may happen. Love to see the sweep but now a week off for the offense, not so worried about the pitching, but the offense sometimes struggles with long lay offs especially Ryan Jason and Raul, even JRoll since he never really got rolling all year


    October 11, 2010 at 12:01 am

    Phillies are off until Saturday. Rich Dubee said he is already planning simulated games for the week to keep the pitchers sharp.

  64. Kate

    October 11, 2010 at 12:02 am

    Give it up for our New Red Machine ORIGINAL ACE Cole Hamels!

    He deserved the clincher!

  65. Brooks

    October 11, 2010 at 12:18 am

    Why does Cole love Cincinatti so much? Unreal, he owns the Reds.
    This was the best that I have seen Cole pitch and over the last 3 years, I have seen him pitch a lot – including the 15 strike out game. His fast ball was at premium tonight for Cole.
    This team is pretty unbeatable once Ryan & Jayson start hitting, its over for anyone in their way.

  66. biz

    October 11, 2010 at 12:35 am

    jeff Says:
    October 10th, 2010 at 11:31 pm

    boy this room is filled tonight. lol…not

    hey howard you waste. give back that money. god he s u c k s….


    Im sorry, jeff, is it your money? Is there a salary cap?

    Leave it to your miserable ass to be posting negative stuff after we move on the the NLCS.

  67. Philly Texan

    October 11, 2010 at 12:44 am

    Saving Cole to pitch in Cincy was a brilliant move by Charlie and Dubee. He loves that park,

    Wouldn’t be surprised if they reversed the order in the NLCS and went Halladay, Hamels, Oswalt……

  68. Andrew from waldorf

    October 11, 2010 at 12:51 am

    Big WIN
    Cole is officially the man. You hear him after the game?
    Dudes a new person. Certainly compared to last year.
    This team is going to be a very tough out.
    charlie left cole in to put his balls on the platter and Cole stepped up. The Votto DP was amazing. After all they talked him up.
    Got a week to kill now.

    @ Jeff and Biz. I can make the case that Howard is 20% over paid. But then again hes the 1b I want for the next 2 series so why bother?

    Everybody cheer for the Braves. We want it to go 5. if it goes 5 the Giants burn Timmy in a game 5 anyway. Its win win. And heck if the Braves win the series ( highly unlikely). We could start KK Blanton and Conteras in the NLCS and sweep them.


  69. Andrew from waldorf

    October 11, 2010 at 12:55 am

    The OLD MAN always does it right.
    Win 2 more series and hes a hall of famer.
    Then comes the statue at CBP

  70. Andrew from waldorf

    October 11, 2010 at 1:02 am

    I officially feel bad for Brooks Conrad. Hope he wins game 4.

  71. bacardipr05

    October 11, 2010 at 2:35 am

    Well at least Chase got a HR…we need Werth or Howard to step up a notch…these are the big guys the3 big money guys..the Reds had a chance in Game 2 they blew it…I would like to see Roy 2 as the 3rd starter but the long lay off might be a bad thing..Roy2 is certainly capable of shutting down Giants/Braves…we need a lil more run production…

  72. Marcus Galicia

    November 15, 2010 at 5:22 am

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