Roy Halladay strained his groin but continued to battle on the mound to lead his Philadelphia Phillies to win 4-2 yesterday at AT&T Park, forcing the National League Championship Series to continue at Citizens Bank Park for Game 6. “It was just something to deal with. You make adjustments and pitch your way through it,” said Halladay. “We know we can win. It’s a matter of going out and doing it. We continue to plug away.” In total he let up two runs through six innings to outduel opposing ace Tim Lincecum, who allowed four hits and three runs over seven innings.
Jayson Werth homered to right in the ninth to push the Phillies up 4-2. He now holds the record for most post-season home runs in franchise history, passing Chase Utley with 11. He is also tied for most playoff homers in the National League, belting an additional two during his time with the Los Angeles Angels.
The Giants are confident with the one-game advantage despite Philadelphia’s ability to regain home-field advantage. “With this club, we don’t do anything easy,” said Giants manager Bruce Bochy. “What they’ve been through, they’ll put this behind us. Believe me, under no illusion did we think this was going to be easy playing a great club.” NLCS and World Series tickets are available now with us at Ace!
Juan Uribe came through with the game winning sacrifice fly to lift his San Francisco Giants past the Philadelphia Phillies 5-6 last night at AT&T Park. The National League Championship Series will feature one more contest before shifting back to Citizens Bank Park if necessary. San Francisco currently holds the 3-1 lead. “It seems like all the baseball talk is all East Coast,” said Aubrey Huff, who solidified the W with the final run. “Everybody watching tonight saw exactly how we’ve played all year.”
Madison Bumgarner and Joe Blanton both struggled on the mound, letting up a collective six runs and 11 hits through four innings apiece. Tonight’s Game 5 will feature ace pitchers Tim Lincecum and Roy Halladay. Games 6 and 7 would be scheduled for October 23rd and 24th if the series continues. Lincecum previously outdueled Halladay as part of their 4-3 Game 1 victory in Philadelphia. “Two of the best arms in the game,” said rookie Buster Posey following his four-hit, two RBI performance. “We’re in a good position. But at the same time, we know anything can happen in baseball.” Check for the best NLDS and World Series ticket deals right here at AceTicket.com!
The Philadelphia Phillies and San Francisco Giants are set to meet in this year’s National League Championship Series starting Saturday, October 16th at Citizens Bank Park. The Phillies are entering familiar territory in light of their ability to reach the NLCS on three consecutive occasions. San Francisco last won the pennant in 2002 and they had not reached post-season play since 2003.
“We were fortunate to have come out on top,” said Giants manager Bruce Bochy after their Game 4 win on Monday night. “We know it. We knew we had our hands full with the pitching. We’re fortunate to have outstanding pitching, too, and what a job they did.” Two-time Cy Young Award winner Tim Lincecum is the projected Game 1 starting pitcher for San Francisco. During the regular season he collected a 16-10 record with a 3.43 ERA. His debut NLDS start featured 14 strikeouts and just two hits allowed in a victory over the Atlanta Braves.
Roy Halladay will be set to challenge Lincecum on the hill, which should make for the most appealing pitching duel in the 2010 playoffs. Halladay just recently pitched the first post-season no-hitter in over 50 years against the Cincinnati Reds. The 12-year veteran was 21-10 this season with a 2.44 ERA. NLCS tickets are now available right here at AceTicket.com!
Complete NLDS ScheduleGame 1 Oct. 16 Giants at Phillies 7:30 pm
Game 2 Oct. 17 Giants at Phillies 8:00 pm
Game 3 Oct. 19 Phillies at Giants 4:00 pm
Game 4 Oct. 20 Phillies at Giants 7:30 pm
Game 5 Oct. 21 Phillies at Giants 7:30 pm if necessaryGame 6 Oct. 23 Giants at Phillies 3:30 pm if necessaryGame 7 Oct. 24 Giants at Phillies 7:30 pm if necessary
Jayson Werth knocked one of his two game home runs in the bottom of the first inning to bring in Chase Utley and Ryan Howard. From there the Philadelphia Phillies were World Series bound for their second appearance in two seasons, eventually closing this year’s NLCS against the Los Angeles Dodgers 10-4 last night at Citizens Bank Park.
Shane Victorino and Pedro Feliz also homered for Philadelphia, but it was Werth who got the lineup going with three hits, three runs scored and four RBIs. “Big games call for big times,” said Werth. “Hopefully, we can keep it going. We’ve got four more games to win.”
Cole Hamels on the mound to start let in three runs in five innings pitched with three strike outs. Following his exit the bullpen really held LA’s hitting to a minimum, allowing just three hits and one run for the rest of the game. The Phillies will now wait for the Yankees Angels series to wrap up (Game 5 tonight at 7:57 PM) before the 2009 World Series can officially start up.
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Jimmy Rollins knocked a frozen rope two-run double with two outs in the ninth inning for the Philadelphia Phillies to win over the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-4 in Game 4 of the National League Championship Series. The Phillies are now just one win away from returning to the World Series for a run at their second straight title.
The Dodgers will definitely look to make adjustments for Game 5 tomorrow at Citizens Bank Park. All-Star closer Jonathan Broxton is excited to move on from the previous contest after blowing the win in relief. “He put some good wood on it and it went to the wall,” said Broxton. “It was a good game, just let it get away in the ninth.”
Philadelphia has won 10 of their last 11 post-season home games (10 of 12 LCS games). They will now turn to Cole Hamels to produce a good start for them on the mound against Dodgers right-hander Vincente Padilla.
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After the Los Angeles Dodgers evened the NLCS score at 1-1, the Philadelphia Phillies made sure they would produce enough offensively in order to avoida similar scenario next time around. Cliff Lee held LA scoreless through eight innings pitched as all but two players from Philadelphia’s line up came up with a hit. After pulling ahead in the first with four runs, the Phillies kept piling on the insurance to eventually win 11-0 last night at Citizens Bank Park.
Jayson Werth and Shane Victorino led the heavy offense with homers in the first and eighth innings to bring in five runs combined. The next two games will be in Philadelphia before the series moves back to Los Angeles if necessary.
Dodgers manager Joe Torre expected different results yesterday but still believes his team to be in good position. “You never want to get your rear end kicked,” said Torre. “But you don’t toss and turn and wonder if you made the right move. It’s still only one game and we’re in position to tie the series tomorrow.”
Game 4 is set for tonight at 8:07 PM. Joe Blanton will get the call to start on the mound against LA’s Randy Wolf. NLCS tickets are available now right here at AceTicket.com!
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