Posted by: Jeremy | October 8, 2010

Reds put on defensive clinic, prepare for sweep


How to blow a playoff game, featuring Jay Bruce

In case Roy Halladay didn’t catch them on the way in, I’d like to formally welcome the Cincinnati Reds to the MLB postseason. Oh, and congratulations, from this point forward you’ll be known as the National League version of the Minnesota Twins. Dusty Baker’s esteemed club did its part to make the playoffs slightly less interesting tonight, blowing a 4-0 lead with a comedy of errors before losing 7-4 to fall behind 2-0 in its NLDS with Philadelphia.

I loved Halladay’s no-no as much of the next guy, but I’m no Phillies fan and would’ve preferred a tight series to Doc getting a free pass to the Fall Classic. The series looked to be shaping up that way early this evening, as the Reds used single runs in four of the first five innings to grab their edge before Philly struck for two in the fifth, one in the sixth and three in the eighth on the strength of two Cincinnati errors on the same play to complete the comeback. With one down and Jayson Werth and Chase Utley aboard at first and second, Jimmy Rollins drove a liner right through right fielder Jay Bruce that cashed Utley. Drew Stubbs got to the ball in time to hold Werth at third, but a bobble by second baseman Brandon Phillips put it to waste, allowing Werth to come around to make it 5-4. Another run came in on a Carlos Ruiz fielder’s choice two batters later, and Werth added an RBI single in the eighth to make the it final.

Rookie phenomenon Aroldis Chapman was handed the loss in his playoff debut after coughing up the Rollins fiasco in the seventh, though none of the three runs he gave up were earned and he chipped in at 102 mph in becoming the first pitcher in league history to strike out Ryan Howard. Interestingly, Jose Contreras picked up the win for Philly, making it the first time in postseason history that both decisions were picked up by Cubans. I’m sure their abandoned wives and children are extremely proud.

So, three series at 2-0 and the fourth looking to be shaping up the same, with San Francisco currently up 4-1 on the Braves in the seventh on the strength of a Pat Burrell three-run shot. Aside from the Texas-Tampa Bay series, I can’t argue with the quality of the games, but could we at least get some Game 4s and 5s?

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