Looking back on the Giants-Phillies NLCS Game 4 results, San Francisco fans will think fondly of how their patchwork offense got to ace Roy Oswalt in the bottom of the ninth inning. When the Phillies tapped Oswalt to be their sixth pitcher of Game 4, they had to be assuming that he was going to come in and slam the door on the Giants once and for all. That wasn’t what was in the cards Wednesday night, though, as Aubrey Huff singled and then Buster Posey moved him to third with another hit. That brought up Juan Uribe, a defensive replacement late in the game whom the Phillies used during a double-switch.
Uribe hit a long fly ball to left field that was just far enough to score Huff from third base and end the game on a sacrifice fly. It was a stressful game for the Giants, who have now moved within one game of clinching the 2010 National League Championship Series. They hope to bring the series to an end on Thursday, when Game 5 will take place in San Francisco. Game time is 4:57 p.m. PT (7:57 p.m. ET), with live coverage from AT&T Park on Fox again. The pitchers will be the aces of each team, as Roy Halladay and Tim Lincecum will face off for the second time in the NLCS.
Wednesday night’s game was a back-and-forth battle that saw both the Giants and the Phillies coming through with timely hitting. After the Giants scored two runs early, the Phillies exploded for four runs in the top of the fifth inning to take a 4-2 lead. The Giants answered with one in the bottom of the fifth and two more in the bottom of the sixth off of a center field double from Pablo Sandoval. The Phillies then tied it back up at 5-5 in the top of the eighth inning, setting the stage for a game that was going to be decided in the ninth inning. The series could come to an end on Thursday, but National League Cy Young candidate Halladay will try to put a stop to that.
The Phillies-Giants series has not gone as expected, with San Francisco really showing a lot of heart to take a 3-1 lead in the series. Everyone knew their pitching would be hard for Philadelphia to deal with, but the inconsistency of the Philadelphia offense has put them in a really big hole. Lincecum already beat them once in Game 1 of the NLCS, and he would like nothing more than to win Game 5 in front of the home crowd.
If Philadelphia is able to pull this one out, they will force a Game 6 back in Philadelphia on Saturday, Oct. 23.