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NLDS Game 3: Phillies at Reds

Oct 10, 2010, 11:30 PM EDT

File photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER
Great American Ball Park hosts its first-ever postseason game tonight.

The postseason hasn't been in Cincinnati since 1995, back when the Reds still played at Riverfront Stadium, Barry Larkin was the starting shortstop and Jim Bowden was the GM. Yeah, it's been a while.

And the return to the Queen City may be incredibly brief if the Reds can't figure out a way to get their act together and win Game 3 tonight. They've offered little reason to believe they can take down the Phillies through the series' first two games, whether getting no-hit by Roy Halladay or committing four errors in the Game 2 loss. It's going to take something special tonight to prolong this series.

One bit of encouraging news for Cincinnati: Shortstop Orlando Cabrera, who had originally been out of the lineup with with a strained oblique, talked way back in. He'll bat eighth, but we'll see if he can hold up…

NL DIVISION SERIES — GAME 3
PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES at CINCINNATI REDS
Where: Great American Ball Park
Gametime: 8:07 p.m.
TV: TBS Radio: WTNT-570 AM
Weather: Clear, 71 degrees

PHILLIES
CF Shane Victorino
3B Placido Polanco
2B Chase Utley
1B Ryan Howard

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  1. Nervous Nats Fan - Oct 11, 2010 at 4:31 AM

    I just became a BIG Braves/Giants fan. Ugh.

  2. JaneB - Oct 11, 2010 at 4:40 AM

    Nervous Nats, me too. I'll be glad to see the amazing Philadelphia pitchers…and they truly are awesome…but I want someone else to go to the World Serious from the NL.

  3. Anonymous - Oct 11, 2010 at 10:25 AM

    Crazy to think that I may be rooting for the Braves. Then again, my worst fear could come true and I'd have to root for the Phillies over the Yankees…yikes.

  4. natsfan1a - Oct 11, 2010 at 11:22 AM

    Yeah, they're good, but so are the Yankees, and I don't like them, either. ;-) Anon @ 6:25, in your scenario (as happened last year), I just wouldn't watch the Series.I dunno, I do wish Cox well, but that tomahawk chop thing makes it kinda hard for me to root for the Braves, at least for their home games. It's SFO for this California gal, at least while they're still in it. I'll cross that other bridge when I get there.

  5. Michael J. Hayde - Oct 11, 2010 at 3:16 PM

    I think the Giants are the only NLDS team with a rotation that can approach the Philthies'. Plus, the Phils don't see the Giants as often and have to rely more heavily on video and scouting reports rather than personal experience. Although I'd been rooting for a last hurrah for Bobby Cox, I really, REALLY do not want the Phils to advance to the WS.

  6. natsfan1a - Oct 11, 2010 at 3:55 PM

    Michael, I agree in principle re. the Phils and Giants. However, as much as I'd like to see the Giants advance (and would not like to see the Phils advance), I'm haunted by the memory of a game I watched on MLB Network earlier in the season. Lincecum started at home against the Phils and left the game with (what seemed to be) a commanding lead. The Phils came back against the SFO 'pen to win it (ugh – flashback. Now I have to go wash my brain out with soap or something :0).

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