Stats & Info: Laynce Nix

A quick look at Game 2 of the NLDS between the Cincinnati Reds and Philadelphia Phillies.

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The Reds take the field in Philadelphia tonight still looking for their first hit of this postseason. Cincinnati's 27 consecutive hitless at-bats in a postseason series is the second longest streak in franchise history. The Reds went 35 consecutive at-bats without a hit (spanning Games 1 and 2) in the 1939 World Series against the Yankees' Red Ruffing and Monte Pearson; that streak is the longest for any team in any postseason series in major-league history.

Roy Oswalt

Oswalt
Dating back to the regular season, the Reds have not scored in their last 30 innings at Citizens Bank Park. The Reds have now lost 7 straight road games at Philadelphia. They will look to snap that streak against Roy Oswalt, one of the National League's hottest pitchers. Several Cincinnati hitters have had success against Oswalt in their careers: Laynce Nix (9-17, 2 HR), Ramon Hernandez (5-11, HR) and MVP candidate Joey Votto (10-30, 2 HR).

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Oswalt is 23-3 (.885) in his career against the Reds in the regular season, and his winning percentage is highest among active pitchers with at least 15 decisions against a particular opponent. The Yankees' CC Sabathia is next on the list with a 14-2 record (.875) against the Orioles. Meanwhile, Bronson Arroyo is 1-5 against the Phillies in the regular season with a 5.54 ERA, his highest earned run average against any National League team.

The Reds counter with Bronson Arroyo, who enters with a 7.41 career postseason ERA. Of the 462 pitchers to throw at least 15 postseason innings in their careers, Arroyo's ERA ranks ninth worst. One matchup to watch is when Arroyo faces Ryan Howard, how has two hits and four strikeouts in six career at-bats against the righty.

Umpire Bruce Dreckman will have the plate in Game 2, and both pitchers have pitched well in their careers with Dreckman calling balls and strikes. In five starts, Oswalt has a 2.30 ERA and 29 K vs three BB, but no wins to show for it. Arroyo has four starts, and is 3-0 with a 2.49 ERA, 20 K and 8 BB.
Forget about Shark Week, it's blowout week in baseball. We've now had an MLB game decided by 10+ runs for 6 straight days. The Elias Sports Bureau tells us that the last time this happened was from August 22-27, 2007.

Friday: Rockies 17, Cubs 2
Saturday: Cardinals 11, Pirates 1
Sunday: Diamondbacks 14, Mets 1
Monday: Brewers 18, Cubs 1
Tuesday: Astros 18, Cardinals 4; Giants 10, Rockies 0; White Sox 12, Tigers 2
Wednesday: Cubs 15, Brewers 3

Here are some more recaps from today's afternoon action on the diamond.

NL
Rockies 6, Giants 1

Ubaldo Jimenez tied a Rockies' franchise record with his major-league leading 17th win. He improves to 8-0 at home, and is 13-1 this season following a Colorado loss. Carlos Gonzalez (22, 23) had hit first career multi-HR game, and has six HR in his last seven games. Troy Tulowitzki added his 10th HR of the season, and first since coming off the DL. The Rockies have won 5 of 6 following their 8-game losing streak. The loss snaps a 4-game win streak for the Giants, who allowed as many runs as they had in the previous 4 games combined. Madison Bumgarner lasted only 4 innings, the shortest outing of his career.

Andres Torres (SF): 0-for-4, 4 K
•  First Giants player this season to record a game of 4+ strikeouts and no hits.
•  First since Fred Lewis on April 15, 2009.
•  Only one Giant has done it twice since 2000 - Aaron Rowand.
•  There are now only three teams in the MLB who have not had a player with 4+ strikeouts and no hits in a game this season: White Sox, Indians, Tigers.

Cubs 15, Brewers 3
Cubs score a season-high 15 runs and snap their season-worst 7-game losing streak. It is the most runs they have scored since August 14 of last season. Aramis Ramirez hits his second career pinch-hit HR (1st since 2002 with PIT). Starlin Castro has first career four-hit game while Geovany Soto gets his 3rd career 5-RBI game. Ryan Dempster improves to 14-3 career vs the Brewers.

Reds 9, Pirates 4
The Reds break game open with 6-run 7th inning including RBI doubles by Joey Votto and Jonny Gomes, an RBI triple by Laynce Nix and a 3-run HR by Paul Janish. It is the 15th time Cincinnati scores at least 9 runs this season. All four Pittsburgh runs were scored on home runs. Johnny Cueto allows 1 run and 3 hits in 6 innings to improve to 9-2 career vs the Pirates and 5-0 with a 1.55 ERA in his last 8 starts. Jeff Karstens falls to 0-4 career vs Reds and is 0-5 in his last 8 starts.

AL
Yankees 5, Blue Jays 1

Alex Rodriguez becomes the 7th player to hit 600 career HR when he hit a 2-0 fastball off Shaun Marcum in the first inning to center field. Rodriguez is the youngest to reach 600 HR (35 years, 8 days). Rodriguez snapped a streak of 46 at-bats since his last homer, the longest homerless streak ever between home run numbers 599 and 600. The homer came on the 3-year anniversary of his 500th HR, which was also in the first inning and also at Yankee Stadium and also in a game started by Phil Hughes. Derek Jeter (4-4, two doubles) has his 35th career 4-hit game, passing Joe DiMaggio and Bernie Williams for 4th-most 4-hit games by a Yankee in the live-ball era (since 1920). The Yankees snap their 3-game losing streak, which matched their longest of the season.

A's 4, Royals 3
Brett Anderson picks up his first win since May 29 and goes 7 innings, his longest outing of the season. After giving up 2 runs in the first, A's pitchers held the Royals to 1 run on 3 hits the rest of the way. Michael Wuertz struck out the side in the 9th to notch his 4th save, tying a career-high. The A's have won 11 of their last 14 against the Royals. The Royals have lost 8 of their last 10 on the road. Jose Guillen (0-4) falls to 3-41 (.073) in his last 11 games. Wuertz struck out the side in the 9th to notch his 4th save, tying a career-high.

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