Phillies win series, 3-0
Game 3: Phillies 2 - Reds 0
Hamels: 9.0 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 9 K, 0.00 ERA
It wasn't quite Roy Halladay but Cole Hamels' masterful pitching performance was just as good.
The Reds just could not find an answer for the Phillies deadly trio known as H2O (Halladay, Hamels, Oswalt).
In their defense, they did manage 4 runs (3 earned) off of Oswalt, but they shot themselves in the foot with 4 errors (postseason 1 game record) and wound up losing Game 2 anyway, 7-4.
But they had no answers for Hamels and of course no-hit Roy. None. Zilch.
Hamels and Halladay became the first duo to throw shutouts in one postseason series since Vida Blue and Ken Holtzman did it for the Oakland A's against the Baltimore Orioles in the 1974 ALCS.
All together the Reds set a major league postseason record for FEWEST hits in a series with 11.
All in all, the much anticipated return of the Reds to the playoffs (first since 1995) ended quicker than how it started.
But in the end the Reds had a super year. It was just unfortunate for them that they ran into the deadly pitching machine known as H2O. And that, my friends, is no walk in the park.