Giants one-runs Phillies in NLCS-opener
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania (USA) -
The San Francisco Giants on Saturday-evening defeated the Philadelphia Phillies 4-3 to win the opener in the best-of-seven National League Championship Series.
Game 2 will be played on Sunday-evening.
The Giants struck first, then the Phillies came alongside, but the vistors took more distance and hold a 4-1 lead in the sixth at bat.
The Phils then did something back, but still trailed one run and would do so in the remainder of the game.
It was a great pitching match-up for the opening game.
Roy Halladay, who opened the Division Series against the Cincinnati Reds with a No-Hitter, started for the Phillies, while Tim Lincecum, who struckout 14 batters in the opener vs. the Atlanta Braves, took the mound for the Giants.
Both starting pitchers went easy through the first two innings.
Halladay retired six in a row, including two strikeouts.
Lincecum gave up a lead-off double to Ryan Howard in the second, but also retired the other six hitters he faced.
But in the third inning, both gave up a homerun.
With one out in the top of the third, Cody Ross homered off Halladay, who had thrown eleven consecutive no-hit innings before, who then finished with two strikeouts.
In the home of the third, Lincecum gave up a lead-off homerun to Carlos Ruiz that tied the score.
The long-haired righthander then gave up a single to his colleague Roy Halladay, which was followed by a double play, but then Placido Polanco doubled and Chase Utley walked.
After the two advanced on a passed ball, Lincecum ended the threat by striking out Ryan Howard.
In the fourth, Aubrey Huff (with one out) and Pat Burrell (with two outs) singled off Halladay, but a force play ended the inning.
In the home of the fourth, Lincecum started with a walk for Jayson Werth and then three outs followed.
In the fifth, the Giants broke the 1-1 tie when Cody Ross hit his second homerun in the game, again with one out, then Lincecum retired the side in the home of the fifth.
The Giants then added two more runs in the sixth inning to make it a 4-1 lead.
Halladay got two quick outs, but then Buster Posey singled and scored all the way from first base on a double by Pat Burrell, who was replaced by pinch-runner Nate Schierholtz.
Next, Schierholtz scored on a single by Juan Uribe to give the Giants a 4-1 lead.
The Phillies got two runs back in the home of the sixth when Chase Utley led off with a single and scored when Jayson Werth hit a 2-run homerun with one out.
Lincecum recovered and struckout next hitter Jimmy Rollins.
After walking Raul Ibanez, he also struckout Carlos Ruiz to end the inning.
The Giants were close to adding another run in the top of the ninth inning, but left the bases loaded.
With one out, Mike Fontenot singled off new pitcher Brad Lidge, who then walked Cody Ross and hit Travis Ishikawa with a pitch.
But then Lidge struckout Andres Torres and got a flyout from Freddy Sanchez that ended the inning.
In the home of the ninth, Brian Wilson, who had taken over the pitching for the Giants the inning before, started the inning by striking out Raul Ibanez, but then hit Carlos Ruiz with a pitch.
Wilson then struckout pinch-hitter Ross Gload and also struckout Shane Victorino to close the game and earn a save.