Cole Hamels' five-hitter completed the sweep of Cincinnati as the Phillies dispatched the Reds 2-0 in Game 3 of the Division Series.
Beerleaguer: Good pitching beat good hitting this series as Joey Votto and the league's best offense were completely erased by Phillies pitching. Hamels was a buzzsaw in cutting up the Reds all night long with the change-up. Bookended by Roy Halladay and Hamels tonight, the Phillies held the Reds to a MLB record low 11 hits for a playoff series. Hamels, coming off a disappointing 2009 postseason, improved to 7-0 lifetime against the Reds and wore the face of machine-like stoicism in striking out nine. Meanwhile, the offense barely broke a sweat again, benefitting from an Orlando Cabrera throwing error in the first that led to a run. Later on, Chase Utley tagged the Phillies' first post-season home run with a solo shot in the fifth. Other than that, it was a very quiet series by the bats.
All told, the Reds were completely outmatched by the powerful Phillies, who established the pitching template they were expected to follow this postseason. The Phils host Game 1 of the NLCS Saturday night against the Giants or Braves, who meet tomorrow at 7:30 in Game 4. Some parting words to take you into the long week ahead, from Johnny on the Spot Beerleaguer EastFallowField:
"I'm gonna miss hearing about the Reds great offense, and great defense, and Chapman's unhittable stuff while watching the exact opposite with my own lying eyes."