The Phillies-Giants score in the NLCS Game 1 put fear into Philadelphia. If the Phillies-Giants Game 2 score turned out no differently, then the series would be firmly in San Francisco’s control. Things looked good for San Francisco to do that, as hot Jonathan Sanchez was going up against Philadelphia’s only struggling postseason ace. If Roy Oswalt did what he did against the Reds, then the NLCS might not have returned to Philadelphia. Yet the score restored hope to the favorites, as the 6-1 Game 2 win left the series all square.
Just as Tim Lincecum was, Sanchez was actually shaky at first, as the Phillies got a few golden chances. This time, they were actually able to get the early lead without a hit due to three walks and an error. Yet, once again, San Francisco got out of early jams and, once again, Cody Ross got a home run to even things up.
But this game would end differently, as Game 2 and the NLCS changed in the fifth and seventh innings. After Ross’ home run, Shane Victorino got a quick double and was driven home by two sacrifice flies. In the seventh, they got another run – scored by Oswalt, of all people – and had the bases loaded with Jimmy Rollins coming up.
This appeared to be a godsend for San Francisco, given Rollins’ terrible postseason thus far. One more missed opportunity would keep them in Game 2, yet the old Rollins finally showed up with a bases-clearing double. After that, Game 2 was out of reach, especially with Oswalt on the mound.
After being bailed out against the Reds, Oswalt had far less trouble against San Francisco’s struggling bats. He gave up only three hits in eight innings, with Ross’ latest home run as the only real mistake. Despite Roy Halladay faltering in Game 1, the other Roy helped keep the NLCS in reach for Philadelphia.
In both the NLCS and ALCS, the home team lost in bitter fashion in Game 1. But in both cases, they rallied back for five-run wins in Game 2 to get back even. Although the Phillies-Giants score gave Philadelphia some momentum and firepower back, they have a harder task ahead on the road.
The two-time NL champs have not done well in San Francisco, and batted under .200 in three games there in April. Now they have to win twice to get control of the NLCS back, and they must turn to Joe Blanton in one of those games. Since San Francisco knows they can win in Philadelphia, they will feel confident with a 3-2 lead, if they get it.
The Phillies-Giants Game 2 score provided a blueprint of how the favorites can avoid such a fate. But it may be harder to repeat it in San Francisco, although they’ll find out soon in Game 3 on Tuesday afternoon.
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