Sunday, October 10, 2010

Phillies Sweep Reds on Hamels Shutout

The Philadelphia Phillies have swept the Cincinnati Reds in the NLDS with a 2-0 victory.

Phillies lefty Cole Hamels threw a complete game five-hit shutout. Hamels struck out nine and walked nobody.

The Cincinnati Reds were simply overmatched. Roy Halladay no-hits them in Game 1. After leading 4-0 in Game 2 their defense undid them committing four errors. The Phillies came back to win 7-4. And then along came Hamels.

The Phillies will face the winner of the Braves-Giants NLDS matchup. The NLCS begins on Saturday. A six day layoff could work against the Phillies especially if the Braves-Giants goes five games as the fifth game will be played on Wednesday. Then again, Halladay did throw a no-hitter on eight days rest.

Whether it be the Braves or Giants, the Phillies are a heavy favorite in the NLCS.

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