8:07 PM ET, October 10, 2010
Great American Ball Park, Cincinnati, Ohio
Phillies finish off sweep of Reds behind Cole Hamels' complete-game shutout
Stark: Hamels Turns Page
Cole Hamels washed away his messy 2009 postseason and brought back memories of his 2008 run with Sunday's NLDS masterpiece, ESPN.com's Jayson Stark writes. Story
Hamels Handles Reds
Cole Hamels became just the third pitcher in the last 20 years to earn a shutout victory in a postseason road series clincher.
|Cole Hamels||2010 Phillies||NLDS, Reds|
|Josh Beckett||2003 Marlins||WS, Yankees|
|John Smoltz||1991 Braves||NLCS, Pirates|
Roy Halladay and Cole Hamels are the first teammates to throw shutouts in the same series since Ken Holtzman and Vida Blue did it for the A's in the 1974 ALCS.
|Hamels, Phillies||5||9||2010 NLDS|
|Halladay, Phillies||0||8||2010 NLDS|
|Holtzman, Athletics||5||3||1974 ALCS *|
|2||7||1974 ALCS *|
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DIVISION SERIES: REDS VS. PHILLIES
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Hall of Fame 2B Joe Morgan, wearing his No. 8 Reds jersey, got a standing ovation when he threw out the ceremonial first pitch. ... The St. Louis Cardinals were the last NL team to win three pennants in a row, from 1942-44. ... It was an unseasonably warm 77 degrees at first pitch.
|1st||J Werth safe at first on throwing error by shortstop O Cabrera, P Polanco scored, R Howard to second.||1||0|
|5th||C Utley homered to right center (394 feet).||2||0|
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|Stadium||Great American Ball Park, Cincinnati, OH|
|Attendance||44,599 (105.4% full) - % is based on regular season capacity|
|Weather||82 degrees, clear|
|Umpires||Home Plate - Sam Holbrook, First Base - Ed Rapuano, Second Base - Gary Cederstrom, Third Base - Rob Drake|
Four days after Roy Halladay's no-hitter, Cole Hamels threw 9 scoreless innings, making them just the 2nd pair of teammates to throw shutouts in the same series in the Divisional Era. The first pair to do it was Ken Holtzman and Vida Blue, who threw shutouts for the A's in the 1974 ALCS. That team went on to win the World Series.[+]
From Elias: The Reds committed 7 errors and scored 4 runs in their 3-game sweep at the hands of the Phillies. They are the 4th team in the Divisional Era (Since 1969) to finish a series with more errors than runs, and first since the Rangers in the 1999 ALDS.[+]
More Errors Than Runs in Postseason Series - Divisional Era (Since 1969)
Cole Hamels now has two postseason games in which he went at least 8 innings, allowed no runs and struck out at lesat 8 batters. He is the 6th NL pitcher to have multiple postseason games with at least 8 scoreless IP and 8 strikeouts. The others are Sandy Koufax, Randy Johnson, Kevin Brown, Josh Beckett and Steve Avery (each of them has two).
Cole Hamels is now 6-3 in his postseason career. He is the 2nd pitcher to win 6 postseason games before turning 27 years old. The other is Jim Palmer.
Four pitchers have done the following - Pitched a shutout in a postseason series clincher - Allowed five hits or fewer - Struck out nine batters or more The four are: Orval Overall (1908 Cubs), Sandy Koufax (1965 Dodgers), Josh Beckett (2003 Marlins), Cole Hamels (2010 Phillies) Hamels is the only one of the four not to allow a walk.
Since the Cardinals closed out the 2006 World Series against the Tigers, the NL Central has seen one postseason flop after another. They've lost 15 of their last 16 playoff games.[+]
NL Central Teams In Postseason, Last Four Years
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