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NLDS Game 2: Reds at Phillies

Oct 8, 2010, 9:30 PM EDT

File photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER
After getting no-hit in Game 1, the Reds try to bounce back tonight at Citizens Bank Park.

How do you recover from getting no-hit in the playoffs? It's not like we have a large sample of previous instances to base our predictions on. Until Roy Halladay no-hit the Reds the other night, it had only happened once before in the 110-year history of the baseball postseason. So how did the 1956 Dodgers respond to Don Larsen's perfect game? Actually, they bounced right back and won Game 6 of the World Series, 1-0 in 10 innings, behind starter Clem Labine, who went the distance to outduel the Yankees' Bob Turley. Who knew?

It may require a similar pitching effort from Bronson Arroyo tonight, because the Phillies are sending ace No. 2 to the mound in Roy Oswalt. (Cole Hamels still to come in Game 3 Sunday.) Dusty Baker is going with a couple of lineup changes, benching left fielder Johny Gomes in favor of Laynce Nix (career 9-for-17, with three doubles and two homers off Oswalt) and putting Ryan Hanigan behind the plate instead of Ramon Hernandez.

Placido Polanco returns to the Phillies lineup after missing Game 1 with a back injury. He's a vital piece to that lineup, a fantastic No. 2 hitter and a great bridge from the speedy Shane Victorino at the top to Chase Utley, Ryan Howard and Jayson Werth in the middle.

I'm heading out to dinner with Mrs. Z and the in-laws, so I may miss most of this game. Please keep up the conversation with each other, and I'll be back later with thoughts on Braves-Giants…

NL DIVISION SERIES — GAME 2
CINCINNATI REDS at
PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES
Where: Citizens Bank Park
Gametime: 6:07 p.m.
TV: TBS Radio: WTNT-570 AM
Weather: Clear, 70 degrees

REDS
2B Brandon Phillips
SS Orlando Cabrera
1B Joey Votto
3B Scott Rolen

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  1. BinM - Oct 8, 2010 at 11:51 PM

    Seems like the Reds are getting a little bounce-back off Oswalt tonight. It's good, gives the beat writers (and National press) something to think about other than how overpowering the PHI starters are.

  2. JaneB - Oct 9, 2010 at 12:15 AM

    Looking forward to seeing Chapman pitch

  3. N. Cognito - Oct 9, 2010 at 2:22 AM

    Reds looked like the Nats tonight.

  4. Anonymous - Oct 9, 2010 at 3:16 AM

    At lesat their four errors weren't all committed by the same person.

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