The Giants-Phillies score last night was expected to be scarce. Yet the Giants-Phillies NLCS Game 1 score actually had more than one run. What’s more, San Francisco had more of them in their 4-3 win, and had two home runs to boost. Despite the perception that the NL West champions have no offensive power, Cody Ross gave them more than enough. What’s more, the supposedly powerful Philadelphia offense is on one of its patented, inexplicable downturns. With the score giving the NLCS advantage to San Francisco, the road team has a chance to increase it tonight.
Everyone expected goose eggs from both Roy Halladay and Tim Lincecum. Those expectations looked to be met early, as Halladay retired the first seven Giants, and Lincecum survived some hard-hit outs. But although Lincecum looked shakier early, Halladay broke first.
The Giants-Phillies score moved earlier than expected, as Cody Ross – who was with the Marlins during Halladay’s perfect game – got a home run to break Halladay’s hitless streak. Yet Carlos Ruiz struck back with a bomb of his own, although Philadelphia left men at second and third in the inning.
It was Ross who broke the tie again in the fifth with his second home run of the game. Halladay then gave up two two-out runs in the sixth, with former Phillie Pat Burrell getting the first RBI. Jason Werth brought Philadelphia back within 4-3 with a two run blast, yet Lincecum and the bullpen put the lid back on afterward.
Halladay and Lincecum didn’t match Jack Morris vs John Smoltz, as both struggled at times through seven innings. However, the score was decided by Ross instead, and by Philadelphia’s inability to rally back. Aside from Ruiz and Werth’s blasts, the defending NL champs left many opportunities on the table.
Although the “H20” rotation overshadowed the Phillies’ offensive struggles in the last month, the home team saw what happened when Halladay couldn’t bail them out. Now San Francisco has seized momentum, and broken Philadelphia’s powerful home field advantage.
Not only did the Giants-Phillies game defy expectations, it changed the direction of the NLCS. Even if Philadelphia rallies tonight, they have to win a few games in San Francisco to take the advantage back. The Bay Area has not been friendly to the Phillies, and they may now need to win there twice – to either take the lead back, or to just stay alive.
San Francisco was not a popular pick in the NLCS, yet they can be in complete command after tonight. With Phillies’ killer Jonathan Sanchez going up against Roy Oswalt- the weak link in the NLDS rotation – their chances look better than they did before last night.
The Giants-Phillies NLCS Game 1 score brought momentum for the road team. But the Rangers rebounded from a worse loss to start the ALCS, and the Phillies hope to do the same tonight, at 8:19 pm est on FOX.
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