Roy Halladay struck out eight through nine innings in the midst of his first career post-season start, no-hitting the Cincinnati Reds to lead his Philadelphia Phillies to victory in Game 1 of the National League Division Series. The 13-year veteran became the second pitcher in MLB history to throw a no-hitter in the playoffs behind Don Larsen, who tossed a perfect game for the New York Yankees in the 1956 World Series. “It’s surreal, it really is,” said Halladay. “I just wanted to pitch here, to pitch in the postseason. To go out and have a game like that, it’s a dream come true.”
The Phillies lineup produced all four runs in the first two innings to take the pressure off their ace. Shane Victorino scored the initial run courtesy of a Chase Utley sacrifice fly to right. Victorino came through again in the second with a base hit to center to bring in two runs. Even Halladay contributed from the plate with an RBI single and run scored. “This is what you come here for,” Halladay continued. “It’s a good team, they know how to win. It’s been a great year, a fun year, we obviously have a ways to go.” Game 2 is scheduled for Friday, October 8th at 6:07 PM. Find the best deals for Phillies vs. Reds NLDS tickets right here at Ace!
The San Francisco Giants and Atlanta Braves earned their place in post-season play last Sunday during the final regular season MLB contests. The Giants clinched the NL West Division title after a 3-0 victory over the San Diego Padres as the Braves captured the Wild Card following their 8-7 win against the 2009 NL champion Philadelphia Phillies. Two-time Cy Young Award winner Tim Lincecum will start on the hill for San Francisco. This season he was 1-1 with a 3.38 ERA in two starts against the Braves.
Derek Lowe was just recently announced as the other Game 1 starter in light of his successful September streak. The National League Pitcher of the Month earned his rank after going 5-0 with 29 strikeouts while producing a 1.17 ERA. “All that is stuff you look back at in the offseason and go, that was a good run,” said Lowe. “But clearly you want to pitch like this in the postseason. People will remember that more than what you do in September.”
The Philadelphia Phillies were able to cruise to another NL East Division title, finishing their 2010 regular season campaign at 97-65. They will matchup with the NL Central winning Cincinnati Reds, a team that hasn’t seen the NLDS in fifteen years. Edinson Volquez will start in the opening game for the Reds. The five-year veteran right-hander has been working hard to regain his strength since undergoing Tommy John surgery in August of 2009. “It’s an honor for me,” said Volquez. “For me it’s big, because I was out for one year and came back from Tommy John. This is the first game of the playoffs. It’s big-time.” Ace pitcher Roy Halladay will get the start for the Phillies. Check back for 2010 MLB playoff updates.
Giants vs. Braves NLDS Schedule:
Game 1: Braves @ Giants Thursday, Oct. 7
Game 2: Braves @ Giants Friday, Oct. 8
Game 3: Giants @ Braves Sunday, Oct. 10
Game 4*: Giants @ Braves Monday, Oct. 11
Game 5*: Braves @ Giants Wednesday, Oct. 13
Phillies vs. Reds NLDS Schedule:
Game 1: Reds @ Phillies Wednesday, Oct. 6
Game 2: Reds @ Phillies Friday, Oct. 8
Game 3: Phillies @ Reds Sunday, Oct. 10
Game 4*: Phillies @ Reds Monday, Oct. 11
Game 5*: Reds @ Phillies Wednesday, Oct. 13
Jay Bruce blasted a solo-shot over the center field wall in walk-off fashion to lift his Cincinnati Reds past the Houston Astros 3-2 yesterday at Great American Ball Park. The 23-year old right-fielder became the fifth player in MLB history to clinch a playoff spot with a home run, allowing the Reds to gain their first NL Central Division title in 15 years.
“I’m sure it means a whole lot to the fans here,” said pitcher Bronson Arroyo. “I was looking up at the banners today inside the stadium — ’75, ’76 and ’90. I know there were a couple years in between that they made the playoffs, but there hasn’t been a whole lot the last 20-some years. So for us to be at this point after 15 years of not making the playoffs is definitely a nice feeling.”
Reds manager Dusty Baker joined Bill McKechnie as the only managers to lead three different National League teams to post-season play. He previously found success with the Chicago Cubs and San Francisco Giants before taking on his role with the Reds in 2008. “When he hit that one up there, there was a big sigh of relief and the party was on,” he said. “I’m as happy as a man can be. This is sweet. This is a special group, special guys and a special feeling.” Cincinnati Reds playoff tickets are now available!
Bob Nightengale from USA Today recently interviewed Cincinnati Reds and former Boston Red Sox pitcher Bronson Arroyo, as he opened up about his personal use of performance enhancing drugs and its effects on his MLB career. Arroyo claims to take “10 to 12 different things a day, and on the days he pitches; four more things.”
The only type of drugs Arroyo will avoid are those that have been clearly banned by Major League Baseball. He went on to address that he and many other players are relentless with their PED use, even if they know certain drugs could be banned in the future. With that said, he states most of the stuff they use could be found over the counter. The androstenedione (andro) supplement was very popular in the late 1990′s early 2000′s. This is the drug Mark McGuire specifically admitted to taking while in the peak of his career. Arroyo was regularly taking this substance before it was banned in 2004; reflecting back said it “made him feel like a monster” when he was on it. Although he got his hands on andro for a few years, he states it wasn’t nearly as strong as some of the other things people were taking.
Arroyo is one among few Major Leaguers who will openly talk about their experience in the MLB steroid era. he is currently signed under a $38 million five year contract with the Reds. If he does test positive for any type of drugs he could be suspended and lose millions. He sticks by his decisions and says “I don’t regret a thing. Neither should anyone else.”
Aaron Reza hit a clutch two-run double with one out in the 9th to give the Boston Red Sox the 2-1 victory over the Cincinnati Reds at Sarasota Florida last Wednesday. Clay Buchholz had a stellar performance on the mound, throwing six innings allowing one unearned run on three hits. Buchholz is ready to go this season as he has averaged a 0.46 ERA this spring.
Despite his fantastic showing Buccholz got the no decision and Hideki Okajima picked up the win after holding the Reds scoreless in the eighth. Cincinnati’s starting pitcher Johnny Cueto gave up just two hits and struck out five in his six innings thrown.
The Red Sox will face the St. Louis Cardinals next tomorrow at 1:05 p.m. Josh Beckett is scheduled to make the start for Boston.
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Josh Beckett pitched seven scoreless innings allowing only 6 hits to lead Boston past the Cincinnati Reds 9-0 yesterday at Great American Ballpark. Not only was Beckett phenomenal, but the Red Sox bats came to life even without sluggers David Ortiz and Manny Ramirez in the lineup. The Sox were able to produce nine runs on 12 hits including four homeruns on the afternoon.
Coco Crisp, Jacoby Ellsbury, J.D. Drew and Dustin Pedroia all went yard in the rubber game of the three-game series. The win improves the Sox overall record to 44-28 and the team has now won 9 out of their last 12 games.
“We swung the bats early real well, we spread it out and had a good day at the ballpark,” manager Terry Francona said.
Besides his homerun in the3rd inning, Ellsbury also made a little history stealing his 32, and 33 base of the season which is good enough for a Red Sox rookie record. Kenny Lofton holds the American League rookie record of 66 stolen bases back in 1992 and many believe that if he stays healthy, Ellsbury will have a chance to top this mark.
“It’s pretty neat to do something that hasn’t been done in Red Sox history for 100 years,” Ellsbury said. “Still, it’s all about getting momentum in the game. I wouldn’t say it’s deflating to steal second and third then score, but it does establish momentum with Josh on the mound.”
Homer Bailey took the loss for the Reds. Bailey, now 0-3 on the season, was once considered the Reds top pitching prospect in over a decade and has struggled in all three of his major league outings this season. In 12 1/3 innings of work Bailey has allowed 12 earned runs, walked 10 and surrendered six home runs to opponents. Manager Dusty Baker was hesitant to comment about the young pitchers future with the team or if he’d be demoted to the Triple-A club.
“There’s got to be some discussion,” Baker said. “If you’re not making pitches, and that’s your job, you’ve got to figure out what’s up and why. They hit him pretty good.”
David Aardsma and Mike Timlin pitched scoreless 8th and 9th innings to preserve the win for Beckett, whose record improves to (7-4) on the season.
Since losing Ortiz to the DL, Drew has provided a much needed spark from the middle of the lineup. During the month of June, he is batting .447 with seven homer runs and 16 RBIs.
The Sox will now travel to Philadelphia for a three game series against the Phillies. Bartolo Colon pitches tonight for Boston while Cole Hamels will hurl for the Phills. Tonight’s first pitch will be at 7:05pm at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, PA.
When Ken Griffey Jr. entered the majors 19 years ago, he was just happy to be getting the chance to play baseball with his father and never dreamed of one day joining one of baseball most elite clubs, the 600 club. Monday night, Griffey made history and became only the 6th player in Major League Baseball history to hit 600 career home runs.
“My father hit 152 home runs, and that’s who I wanted to be like,” said Griffey. He now joins Barry Bonds (762), Hank Aaron (755), Babe Ruth (714), Willie Mays (660) and Sammy Sosa (609) as the only players to do so.
Griffey belted a hanging curveball from Florida Marlins pitcher Mark Hendrickson in the first inning of the Cincinnati Reds 9-4 victory yesterday at Dolphins Stadium in Miami, FL.
“I was just trying to get a pitch I could hit and be as patient as possible,” Griffey said. “And I was fortunate enough to get a curveball I could drive.”
It took Griffey 19 season, a total 2,439 games and 9042 at bats to reach the milestone. Over his career that averages out to 1 home run every 15 at bats. At the end of the 2008 season, Griffey will become a free agent and has no intentions of retirement.
“I enjoy baseball and as long as I can go out there and help a team win I’ll do it,” he said.
Looking at Griffey’s career stats, one can only wonder where he would be at if he had managed to stay healthy during his first few years with the Reds. From 2001 through the 2004 season, Jr. was constantly on the DL and only played in a total of 317 games out of a possible 728. During that span he still managed to hit 63 home runs at a rate of 1 per every 16 at bats, but missed well over half the games his team played in those 4 years.
It is very likely that later this summer, if he can stay healthy, Griffey will pass Sosa moving him into the 5th spot all-time for career home runs.
While everyone’s eyes, ears, and …. imaginations have been focused on where Johan Santana would end up, the American League hot stove has been quietly churning. Here is a quick recap of some moves to date. (more)
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