Game 2: Phillies 6, Giants 1
8:14 p.m. (top 9th): A quiet 8th, and now the Giants face their last at-bat. Buster Posey leads off with a walk off Phils’ reliever Ryan Madson, then Pat Burrell lines to left for the highlight defensive play of the game—Raul Ibañez makes a lunging/diving grab on the warning track for the first out. Cody Ross watches an inside fastball for strike three and the second out. Pinch-hitter Travis Ishikawa singles to right, Posey to third. Edgar Renteria grounds to short, and Game 2′s in the books. Phillies 6, Giants 1.
7:47 p.m. (end 7th): Sanchez is gone after giving up a lead-off single to pitcher Roy Oswalt. He’s relieved by Ramon Ramirez. Oswalt is sacrificed to second, and Chase Utley gets an intentional walk. Placido Polanco hits a a single to shallow center, scoring Oswalt, who runs through the third-base coach’s stop sign. Jeremy Affeldt relieves Ramirez. Utley and Polanco steal third and second. Affeldt winds up giving an intentional walk to Jayson Werth to load the bases. Santiago Casilla relieves Affeldt. Then Jimmy Rollins finally gets a hit—a double off the right field wall to score all three runners. Phillies 6, Giants 1.
7:14 p.m. (end 6th): Sanchez has his best inning of the game, popping up Rollins and striking out Ibañez and Carlos Ruiz. And Fox gives a great piece of trivia re: Cody Ross’s three-homer performance: He’s just the fourth player to hit his team’s first three homers in a playoff series. The others: Babe Ruth, Rusty Staub, Willie Stargell.
6:59 p.m. (end 5th): The tie didn’t last long. A laser-shot lead-off double by Shane Victorino and two deep-enough fly balls give the Phillies another run and a 2-1 lead. Not a good inning for Sanchez—just about everything they hit was hit hard.
6:44 p.m. (top 5th): Cody Ross does it again. With one out, he gets the Giants’ first hit of the game: a solo homer. (And it’s a terrible moment for the Fox coverage, with the anchors failing to break off a side conversation to narrate the somewhat amazing moment.) Giants 1, Phils 1.
6:38 p.m. (end of 4th): Jimmy Rollins is hitting a .000 in the series, but has the game’s only RBI on a walk and reached in the bottom of the 4th on a popup the Giants let fall in front of the pitcher’s mound. Why, oh why does the pitcher not take that play? To the fifth now, and the Giants are still trying to reach Oswalt for their first hit.
6:19 p.m. (bottom 3rd): Sanchez fans Jayson Werth. The Phils’ right fielder is now zero for 14 lifetime against the Frisco port-sider (hey, Ring Lardner lives).
6:16 p.m. (bottom 3rd): Sanchez has steadied himself now and is going right through the Phillies’ order. Of course, the Phils’ Roy Oswalt hasn’t given up a hit yet. (And, gee, Philadelphia’s Ryan Howard just hit a two-out, ground-rule double).
5:55 p.m. (top 2nd): Lots of talk, just like last night, about the plate umpire’s ball-and-strike calls. OK, I see that. But don’t both teams have to deal with the umpiring idiosyncrasies? I’m trying to remember any game, ever, when someone said, “We would have won except for tonight’s weird strike zone.:
5:45 p.m. (bottom 1st): Sanchez strikes out Raul Ibañez and gets out of the inning without major damage. First-inning pitch total: 36.
5:43 p.m. (bottom 1st): Giants’ starter Jonathan Sanchez is in the midst of a marathon first inning and a terrible jam. He just walked Alameda’s own Jimmy Rollins, who hasn’t been hitting a lick, and that forces in a run. That gives Philadelphia its first lead of the series, 1-0. `Related