NLDS Gameday: Reds at Phillies, Game 1

Posted by Pat Gallen, Wed, October 06, 2010 02:30 PM | Comments: 142
2010 Gameday, Posts

Cincinnati Reds at Philadelphia Phillies
Atlanta Braves

Time: 5:07 p.m., Citizens Bank Park
Partly Cloudy, 60
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Some huge breaking news at about 1 p.m. was that Placido Polanco is NOT in today’s Game 1 lineup. He’s been scratched with back spasms, Wilson Valdez will take his place. This is a pretty significant blow heading into what everyone believed was a very winnable series. The question now becomes, how much harder will this be for the Phillies without arguably their best contact hitter in Polly.

Polanco hasn’t seen Reds starter Edinson Volquez all that much (1-for-2 lifetime), but he is truly an important component of a lineup that has struggled with consistency all season. Let’s hope with the off day tomorrow that Polly can make a return for Game 2.

Let’s also try to get past the bad news and focus on the good: Roy Halladay pitches today. He lost his last start against the Reds on June 30. He was touched up for 13 hits over eight innings. This was also during June when Halladay struggle with a couple of rough outings. He met with the Reds again in July and shut them down over nine innings by allowing no runs. However, he left with a no-decision because Travis Wood was in the midst of a perfect game. The Phillies came away with a 1-0 win in 10 innings, and Doc narrowly missed another complete game shutout.

Which Halladay will the Reds see today? If the end of the regular season is a precursor to today, they’ll get a charged-up ace looking to make a name for himself on the biggest stage in baseball.

Edinson Volquez has two career starts against the Phillies, both coming in 2008. He allowed only seven hits and one earned run over 12 1/3 innings, going 2-0. The 27 year-old is coming in having had three good outings to finish September. However, late in July, he struggled so much that he was sent down to Triple-A to figure some things out. He’s done that, and then some.

Against lefties, Volquez is having his way. Left-handers are batting just .229 against him, 44 points lower than righties. That obviously hinders Chase Utley, Ryan Howard, and Raul Ibanez a bit. But still, this is Volquez’s first taste of postseason baseball, can he rise to the challenge of the two-time NL champs?

On the flip side, Roy Halladay is also making his first career playoff appearance, but the feeling is that he’s more than ready.

It’s the start of another round of October baseball for the Phillies. Can they make it three striaght trips to the World Series? Tonight, the first chapter of the story will be written.

Today’s Lineup: Rollins SS, Victorino CF, Utley 2B, Howard 1B, Werth RF, Ibanez LF, Ruiz C, Valdez 3B, Halladay P

Victory Lager

Your gameday beer: Sam Adams Octoberfest

Here’s to a lengthy Octoberfest for the Phillies.

Gan bei.

-by Michael


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  • Posts: 0 Kate

    The TBS guys also said PG while talking to Dubes about Halladay’s season.

    And Rolen was walked. The next AB was merely the universe righting itself.

    And the TBS guys just invoked the NH.

  • Posts: 0 NJ Phils Fan

    @ Tracey HK play-by-play app?

  • Posts: 0 Publius

    And jeff obviously does not belong trying to type coherent english!

  • Posts: 0 Kate

    I meant, Jeff (what’s with all the tools showing up tonight?), that it’s in our interest to light him up another inning or two. We haven’t scored since he went out and the Reds are a late-game rally team.

  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    @NJ: Yeah, I wrote an AJAX app that uses MLB gameday data to build a scorecard and plays old Harry Kalas clips for each play.

  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    HK says, “and the pitch is a towering fly ball to center field … drifts in a couple of steps and makes the catch… and that’s two down.”

  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    HK: “And the pitch is over for a called strike. Nothing and one the count. … inside, ball and a strike…”

  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    When there is a day game, the mail room guys freak out to come into my office and hear Harry Kalas calling the game.

  • Posts: 0 NJ Phils Fan

    @ Tracey Seriously?

  • Posts: 0 Tracey


  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    There are a few calls I don’t have, and there are a few plays I’m not handling properly, but mostly it works well.

  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    The data comes from here:

    eventLog.xml gives the plays, and gameday_Syn.xml gives the pitches.

  • Posts: 0 Mostone

    @Tracey. That is the most seriously crazy and awesome thing I have heard in a while.

  • Posts: 0 Morris Buttermaker

    We got a game with the Reds tonight. And that only means one thing. Bad News for the Reds!

  • Posts: 0 NJ Phils Fan

    Yes it is. You should copyright it and make a million bucks selling it to iTunes.

  • Posts: 0 Publius

    Ok let me come out of troll mode and say Tracey that is legitimately cool.

  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    Only one baserunner allowed so far… I guess that answers the question of how Halladay will handle the post-season pressure! :D

  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    :) Thanks, Publius!

  • Posts: 0 Tracey


  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    (yea, I know, it was an error, but I like typing “RAUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUL!”)

  • Posts: 0 Tracey


  • Posts: 0 Lefty

    OMG! OMG! OMG!


  • Posts: 0 NJ Phils Fan

    Notice in his press conference, Doc, says “we” instead of I (meaning him and chooch) and now he thanks chooch! Very classy.

  • Posts: 0 Lefty

    Man- that is the coolest thing I’ve seen in a long long time. Doc had one more hit than the Reds.


  • Posts: 0 NJ Phils Fan

    Quote from Doc’s press conference

    Question “Roy , you have some pretty dedicated teamates… Madson said out in the bullpen he didn’t go to the bathroom for 4,5 innings”.

    Doc’ (smiling!) “Yeah, he’s a piece of work, huh? I’m suprised he didn’t do anything else”


  • Posts: 0 Lefty


    Second pitcher in MLB history to throw a no hitter- EVER

    Two no no’s in one season

  • Posts: 0 Lefty

    “He’s like a boxer that could go 20-25 rounds”

  • Posts: 0 Lefty

    Thats funny NJ-

    He’s a witty guy-
    I remember what he said when he was asked after his perfect game which was at night-

    Roy, at what point did your teammates and coaches stop talking to you?

    “around 2 oclock this afternoon”

  • Posts: 0 psujoe

    Simply awesome. Made a great hitting team look silly.

    Arroyo on Friday. Righties hit him for a .285 clip, lefties .185. Perfect for this club!

  • Posts: 0 Peter

    I am not a Phillies fan, but am a baseball fan. What Roy Halladay did was great for baseball (period.). He started off the playoffs on the right foot. This is the most I have been into the playoffs in a long time.

    Also, the play by Ruiz on the last out was incredible. I hope he gets some credit for making a difficult play. He is an unsung hero on a stacked team. Gotta love players like him.

    Good luck with the rest of the playoffs…

  • Posts: 0 Mike D.

    I think I’m in love.

  • Posts: 0 Lefty

    We also shouldn’t forget “Big game Shane”

    And an amazing play Chooch made from his knees.

  • Posts: 0 Lefty


  • Posts: 0 Lefty

  • Charlie: “That was good managing.”

  • Posts: 0 Lefty

    PN Game recap is posted

  • Posts: 0 Jeff of Nova

    I am so pumped from that game!

    So Historic…. maybe the greatest game I have seen since I have been watching baseball in 1978!

    My wife and I sat and watched and sat and discussed what we witnessed for like an hour!


  • Posts: 0 Mike D.

    Halladay is an android. There. I said it. It’s like I said his last start – it’s like watching Mr. Data pitch.

  • Posts: 0 loupossehl

    Roy Halladay is the first pitcher in major league post-season history to have more hits in a game than he allowed.

  • Posts: 0 GREENINIL

    Recording the replay on MLB Network right now. I’m old enough to have watched the last no hitter against the Reds also. Also by a Phillies pitcher, Rick Wise. He hit 2 home runs that day also.

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