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Third Inning: Halladay Rolling, Ibanez Stranded on Second, 4-0 Phils

So far so good for the Playoff Virgin. Roy has set the Reds down in order in each of the first three innings, while his counterpart Edinson Volquez is already done for the day. 31 pitches, 25 of which are strikes, and a 2-RBI single. Keep it up and it’s only gonna get funner.

Ryan Howard and Jayson Werth were set down on strikes by new Reds pitcher Travis Wood. Raul Ibanez then took a fastball right in his wheelhouse off the right field wall and ended up on second base. A free pass to Carlos Ruiz later (with two outs?) put runners on first and second for Valdez. He lined out to center field to end the inning.