PHILADELPHIA -- It probably wasn't smart for Reds' pitchers to start plunking Phillies.
The Friday night crowd at Citizens Bank Park, worn out from the workweek and still dealing with a no-hitter hangover, was still and quiet. With a 4-2 lead, Cincinnati was cruising along like one of those gambling boats on the Ohio River. It looked like this NL Division Series could get tied up at one, and from there anything could happen, right?
And then, in the sixth, wily old
Rhodes was pulled.
Talk about your answered prayers, at least for the home team. After the Reds took a 4-0 lead, the Phillies scored seven unanswered runs to win 7-4, thanks to three hit batsmen, four errors -- including right fielder
On Sunday night in Cincinnati it'll be
Monday night at the Great American Ballpark -- if there is a Monday night at the riverfront ball park in Cincinnati -- will likely feature a rematch of Wednesday's Game 1, Sir
"I always thought we had a good team," manager
When a team is up, it's a
The Phillies could have stuck with the falsely modest thing -- "Two games up is nothing," "They've won three straight plenty of times before," "We take nothing for granted" -- that whole routine. But they've been at this for a while and they sounded a different note on Friday night, or Utley did, anyhow, giving credit to his manager.
"Charlie breeds confidence," said the second baseman, who may have shown
For the Phils to blow this series would be a failure of colossal proportions. Could it happen? Yes. Will it happen? Well, let's just say it's looking a lot less likely now.
The Reds and the Phillies will play a baseball game on Sunday. That's all you can say for sure now.