It's not everyday that a team without an extra-base hit wins a playoff game.
Thanks to four Reds errors and a slew of walks and hit batters by Cincinnati pitching the Phillies overcame a rocky start from Roy Oswalt to win 7-4 in Game 2 of the NLDS Friday night.
Oswalt put the Phillies in a 4-0 hole by allowing three earned runs on five hits, a walk and two homers while lasting only five innings.
Little Roy wasn’t helped by a pair of Chase Utley errors that allowed a run to score in the second.
But from the start Oswalt didn’t look comfortable as he allowed a lead-off homer to Brandon Phillips to give the Reds their first hit of the series after being no-hit by Roy Halladay in Game 1.
Utley made up for his errors by knocking in two runs in the fifth then he set off a bizarre series of events in the seventh.
Utley started the inning against Reds lefty Aroldis Chapman (0-1) by apparently getting hit on the hand by a 101-mph fastball. But upon review it wasn’t clear if the ball actually hit Utley. He was then safe at second on a close fielders choice and then he apparently missed third base while scoring the tying run on a misplayed fly ball off the bat of Jimmy Rollins. Jayson Werth would also come around on the play to put the Phillies up 5-4.
Charlie Manuel said he thought Utley was hit by the pitch and he gave a classic Charlie explanation when asked how bad Utley was hit, according to MLB.com's Todd Zolecki.
"How bad was Utley hit? Charlie Manuel: 'Bad enough to take his base.'"
The Phightins would add another run in the seventh on a Carlos Ruiz grounder and in the eighth on a Werth single to round out the scoring.
All the Reds mistakes cost Bronson Arroyo the win despite 5 1/3 innings pitched while giving up four hits and only one earned run.
Jose Contreras (1-0) pitched a 1-2-3 seventh to take the win and Brad Lidge came in for his first save of the postseason.
The Phillies now head to Cincy with a commanding two-game lead in the Best-of-5 series. Cole Hamels will look to put away the Reds Sunday night.