The date was July 30, 2010. The teams were the Phillies and the Reds. The pitching matchup was Roy Halladay (9-6, 2.29) vs. Aaron Harang (6-7, 5.07). Who do you think won?
If you said the Reds, you are right!
Trailing 3-0 entering the bottom of the 6th, the Reds got a leadoff homer from Joey Votto to make it 3-1. Orlando Cabrera got a 1-out single to score Ramon Hernandez in the 7th to cut it to 3-2. After striking out in the 6th, Jay Bruce hit a 2-run homer to right for a 4-3 Cincinnati lead. All of this came off of Halladay. Francisco Cordero gave up a 1-out single in the 9th, but closed it out for the save. Reds won, 4-3.
Also, this is the perfect matchup for the Reds. They don’t have to leave time zones, have off days after games 1, 2, and 4 so guys like Scott Rolen and Cabrera can stay fresh, and only have to beat the Phils 3 games instead of 4. The Phils took 5 of 7 this year, sure, but they needed a 6-run 9th and lots of extra inning games in Philly to do it. Stranger things have happened.
GAME TIME SET FOR GAME 3: MLB announced on Tuesday that the start time for Game 3 of this series in Cincinnati will be 7:07 pm.
About the Author
Written by Dave Allen
I'm a lifelong Cincinnati sports fan who has been following the Reds and Bengals ever since I can remember. My first Reds game was Game 6 of the '72 World Series and my first Bengals game was an October 1975 clash with the Steelers. I've been involved in sports media since Junior High, when I assisted with scores for Bob Trumpy SportsTalk in 1979 on WLW Radio. My biggest Reds highlight came in 1998 when I was chosen to be the public address announcer at Riverfront Stadium (then called Cinergy Field) for Opening Day and the entire first homestand. I am thrilled to be involved with PSB and I hope you enjoy my entries!