The 2010 season is over for the Phils and it has ended as we all worried it might, with the baffling offense failing in chance after chance to put runs on the board. Oswalt pitched well enough, but the Phils opened the door for San Francisco with miserable defense in the third inning and never were able to come up with the meager offensive production they needed to extend the season one more day.
The Phils again jumped on San Francisco starter Jonathan Sanchez early. Polanco walked with one out and came around to score on a double by Utley. A single by Howard moved Utley to third before Werth hit a fly ball to left deep enough for Utley to tag and score, putting the Phils up 2-0. The defense failed the Phils in the top of the third as the Giants got even. The pitcher Sanchez led off with a single under the glove of Utley. Andres Torres was next and blasted a ball that went off the glove of Victorino on the warning track in center for a long single. Freddy Sanchez bunted the runners to second and third before Huff singled into center with Sanchez scoring to make it 2-1 and Torres thrown out at the plate. Posey followed and chopped a ball to third that could have ended the frame, but Polanco bare-handed and made a bad throw to first that Howard couldn’t handle. Huff scored from second and the game was tied at 2-2. It stayed that way until the top of the eighth when Juan Uribe hit a ball out to right off of Madson, who was trying to nail down his second inning of the game.
The Phillies had chances in the game time after time. The Giants pulled their starting pitcher with nobody out in the third and men on first and second, but the Phils came up empty when Howard struck out, Werth flew to center and Victorino grounded to first. The Phils loaded the bases with two outs in the fifth, but Victorino grounded back to the mound. Ibanez started the sixth with a double and was bunted to third with the first out, but pinch-hitter Ben Francisco struck out for the second out and Rollins flew to center for the third. Down a run in the eighth, the Phils put men on first and second with one out. Ruiz hit a ball well, but lined into a double-play to end the inning. In the ninth they had men on first and second with two down when Howard struck out looking at a 3-2 pitch to end the game and the season.
The Phillies have lost the NLCS to the Giants, falling 3-2 last night in game six. San Francisco wins the series four games to two and will play the Texas Rangers in the World Series.
The Phillies outscored the Giants in the series, 20-19.
Oswalt got the start for the Phillies and went six innings, allowing two runs on nine hits. One of the hits went for extra-bases, a double. He struck out five and didn’t walk a batter.
He faced a Giants lineup that went (1) Andre Torres (CF/S) (2) Freddy Sanchez (2B/R) (3) Aubrey Huff (1B/L) (4) Buster Posey (C/R) (5) Pat Burrell (LF/R) (6) Cody Ross (RF/R) (7) Juan Uribe (3B/R) (8) Edgar Renteria (SS/R). Uribe plays short with Fontenot and Sandoval on the bench. Renteria plays short and hits eighth.
The Giants had six players on the bench to start the game. Lefties Travis Ishikawa, Mike Fontenot and Nate Schierholtz switch-hitter Pablo Sandoval and righties Eli Whiteside and Aaron Rowand.
Torres was the first batter of the game and singled into left on an 0-1 pitch. Oswalt struck Sanchez out swinging 0-2, Huff out swinging 1-2 and got Posey to fly to right on a 2-2 pitch to leave Torres at first.
Oswalt threw 15 pitches in the first.
Burrell led off the second with the Phils on top 2-0. He hit a ground ball between third and short that Rollins tried to handle but didn’t field cleanly. Ross was swinging first pitch and grounded to third with the Phils turning the double-play to clear the bases. Uribe followed and hit the first pitch he saw into right field near the line for a single. Renteria flew to right on a 1-2 pitch to leave Uribe at first.
Oswalt was up to 28 pitches.
The pitcher Jonathan Sanchez led off the third and hit a 1-2 pitch up the middle that went under Utley’s glove as he slid to his right for a single. Torres was next and hammered a 1-2 pitch to center. Victorino tried to make an over-the-shoulder-catch on the warning track, but the ball went off the heel of his glove. Sanchez had to watch so Torres had a single and the Giants had men on first and second with nobody out. Freddy Sanchez was next and bunted the runners to second and third with the first out. Huff followed him and singled into center on the first pitch he saw. Sanchez scored to make it 2-1. Victorino charged and threw home. His throw hit the mound, but went right to Ruiz in time to beat Torres. Ruiz held the ball as the two collided for the second out with Huff taking second on the play at the plate. Posey was next and chopped a ball slowly to third. Polanco charged and bare-handed, but his throw to first wasn’t caught by Howard. Polanco was given an error, Huff scored from second and the game was tied at 2-2 with Posey on first for Burrell. Burrell flew to left to leave Posey stranded.
Awful defense from the Phils in the inning. Utley needs to make the play on the ball hit by Sanchez to start the inning. Howard needs to catch the throw from Polanco. It would have been an amazing play if Victorino had caught the ball hit by Torres. Oswalt was at 41 pitches for the game.
Ross led off the fourth and hit a 2-2 pitch foul near the stands down the first base line. Werth and Howard both went after it, with Werth making the catching sliding into the fence to the right of first base for the out. Uribe popped out to Polanco for the second out. Renteria flew to Werth in shallow right to set the Giants down.
Oswalt was at 54 pitches.
Lefty Mike Fontenot hit for pitcher Jeremy Affeldt to start the fifth and singled to right on a 2-2 pitch. Torres was next. He swung at the first pitch and fouled it off. He bunted the next pitch foul, then struck out swinging 0-2 for the second out. Freddy Sanchez singled into center on the first pitch of his at-bat, moving Fontenot to second. Posey struck out swinging 2-2 to leave both runners stranded.
Oswalt was up to 77 pitches for the game.
Burrell struck out swinging 3-2 for the first out in the sixth. Ross was next and hit a 1-2 pitch into the left field corner for a double. Oswalt hit Uribe in the side with a 1-0 pitch, putting men on first and second with one down. Oswalt got ahead of Renteria 0-2 before Renteria hit a 2-2 pitch back up the middle. Utley fielded it right next to second, stepped on the bag and threw to first to complete the double-play and set the Giants down.
Oswalt had thrown 99 pitches in the game.
Madson started the seventh after the Phils hit for Oswalt in the bottom of the sixth. Lefty Travis Ishikawa led off, hitting for the pitcher Madison Bumgarner. Madson struck him out looking at a 2-2 pitch that was probably outside. Torres struck out swinging 2-2 for the second out, but Sanchez lined a 1-1 pitch into the left field corner for a double. Madson walked the lefty Huff intentionally to pitch to the righty Posey. Posey hit a 1-1 pitch hard, but right to Utley. Utley flipped to Rollins at second to leave both runners stranded.
Madson threw 22 pitches in the seventh inning.
He was back for the eighth. Burrell grounded to short for the first out. Ross was next and flew to left on a 1-1 pitch for the second out. Uribe swung at the first pitch he saw from Madson and hit it just out to right field, putting the Giants up 3-2. Madson struck Renteria out swinging 1-2 to set the Giants down.
Long seventh inning for Madson, then he comes back for the eighth and the Giants get him.
Lidge started the ninth and struck Nate Schierholtz, double-switched into the game in the eighth, out on three pitches. Torres was next and bunted for a single. Sanchez singled to left on the first pitch he saw, sending Torres to second. Huff struck out swinging 1-2 for the second out. Posey was next, but closer Brian Wilson was in the hole after being double-switched in for Burrell in the eighth. Posey was walked intentionally to load the bases. Wilson chopped a 2-1 pitch to Howard to leave the bases loaded.
The Phillies lineup against lefty Jonathan Sanchez went (1) Rollins (2) Polanco (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Werth (6) Victorino (7) Ibanez (8) Ruiz. Victorino and Rollins swap places in the lineup, with Rollins returning to the leadoff spot against the lefty. Utley and Howard hit back-to-back three and four despite the fact that neither of them seems to be able to hit lefty Javier Lopez coming out of the pen.
The Phillies bench had six offensive players to start the game, lefties Brian Schneider, Ross Gload, and Domonic Brown and righties Ben Francisco, Mike Sweeney and Wilson Valdez.
Rollins led off the bottom of the first and grounded hard to first on a 3-2 pitch for the first out. Polanco was next and walked on four pitches. Sanchez’s first pitch to Utley was in the dirt and way outside. Posey couldn’t handle the wild pitch and Polanco took second. Utley hammered a 2-1 pitch to right that bounced once and off the wall for a double. Polanco scored and the Phils led 1-0. Howard was next and he dropped a single in front of Burrell in left, moving Utley to third. Werth was next and he blasted a 2-0 pitch to left, but Burrell took it at the warning track for the second out. Utley scored easily to put the Phils up 2-0. Victorino followed that with a single into center, moving Howard to second. Ibanez popped to Sanchez in shallow right on a 1-1 pitch to end the inning.
Sanchez threw 24 pitches in the inning. Utley didn’t score from second on the single by Howard cause it looked for a second like Burrell might catch the ball and he had to wait.
Ruiz started the second. He got ahead 2-0 but grounded to short 2-2 for the first out. Oswalt was next and grounded to second 1-1 for the second out. Rollins got behind 0-2 and struck out swinging 3-2 to set the Phils down.
Sanchez was up to 42.
The game was tied at 2-2 when Polanco started the bottom of the third and walked on five pitches. Utley was next and Sanchez hit him in the middle of the back with a 2-0 pitch. The ball went hit in the air and bounced at Utley’s feet as he headed towards first. Utley caught the ball and flipped it out to the mound. Polanco took second. When Utley was at first, words were exchanged between Sanchez and Utley. The benches cleared, but there were no punches and no ejections. Sanchez was taken out of the game and lefty Jeremy Affeldt came in to pitch to Howard. Howard struck out swinging 2-2 for the first out. Werth flew to right on a 3-2 pitch for the second out with the runners holding. Victorino grounded softly to first to leave them both stranded.
Nothing for the Phils after they put men on first and second with no outs. Early exit for Sanchez. Affeldt put out the fire for the Giants, throwing 15 pitches in the frame.
Affeldt returned to set the Phils down in order in the fourth. Ibanez grounded to short on a 1-2 pitch for the first out. Ruiz struck out swinging 2-2 for the second. Oswalt flew softly to right to end the inning.
Six in a row for Affeldt, who would be hit for to start the fifth.
Lefty Madison Bumgarner started the fifth for the Giants and Rollins singled to right on the first pitch he saw. Polanco flew to center for the first out and Utley flew to center for the second. Howard was next and he ripped a 2-0 pitch into the gap in left-center for a double. Torres got to the ball right away and got a nice bounce off the wall. Rollins would have been out by a lot if he had tried to score and the Giants got a good relay to the plate from Renteria. He was held at third. The lefty Bumgarner walked Werth intentionally to load the bases for Victorino. Victorino took ball one and then grounded back to the mound for the third out.
Polanco and Utley can’t move Rollins along after the leadoff single. Rollins had no chance to score from first on the Howard double.
Bumgarner was back for the sixth. Ibanez led off and hit a 2-1 pitch the other way into the left field corner for a double. Ruiz bunted him to third with the first out. Francisco hit for Oswalt. Bumgarner stayed in to pitch to him. Francisco got ahead 2-0, but struck out looking at a 2-2 pitch that might have been a little bit outside. Rollins flew to Torres on a 1-0 pitch to end the inning.
Again the Phils don’t score with a huge opportunity. Ruiz bunts with a man already in scoring position against a lefty. Huge strikeout for Francisco in the biggest at-bat of his life with the man on third. The Giants may have left Bumgarner in to pitch to the righty Francisco because he was due to lead off the top of the seventh.
Lefty Javier Lopez pitched the seventh for the Giants. Polanco led off and flew to right 2-1 for the first out. Utley grounded to the mound 0-2 for the second. Howard struck out swinging 2-2 to end the inning.
There’s Lopez going through Utley and Howard without a righty in-between them.
The Phillies were losing 3-2 when they hit in the bottom of the eighth. Righty Tim Lincecum was on the mound for the Giants with Burrell out, Ross in left and Nate Schierholtz in right. He struck Werth out swinging 2-2 for the first out. Victorino was next and he singled to right on a 2-2 pitch. Ibanez followed that with another single to right, sending Victorino to second. Righty Brian Wilson came in to pitch to Ruiz. Ruiz lined a 1-1 pitch right to Huff. Huff caught the ball and threw to second where Victorino was doubled-off easily to end the inning.
Wilson was back for the ninth. Gload hit for Lidge and grounded to second for the first out. Rollins drew a walk on a 3-2 pitch. Polanco chopped a ball to third base. Uribe fielded and threw to second to force Rollins for the second out, but Polanco beat the relay to first. Utley walked on a 3-1 pitch and Valdez ran for Polanco at second. It brought Howard to the plate with two men on. Howard struck out looking at a 3-2 pitch that he must have thought was a little low, but looked like a strike to me.
Rollins was 1-for-4 with a walk in the game. 6-for-23 with a double and two walks in the series. His return to the top of the order turned out not to be the spark the Phils needed to get the offense going.
Polanco 0-for-3 with two walks. 5-for-20 with two doubles and three walks in the set.
Utley 1-for-3 with a double and a walk. 4-for-22 with a double and four walks.
Howard 2-for-5 with a double and three strikeouts, including the one to end the season. 7-for-22 with four doubles, three walks and 12 strikeouts.
Werth 0-for-2 with a walk and an RBI. 4-for-18 with a double and two home runs. He walked four times and struck out seven.
Victorino 2-for-4 and left five men on base. 5-for-24 with a double and two walks.
Ibanez 2-for-4 with a double. 4-for-19 with a double and a walk.
Ruiz 0-for-3. 3-for-18 with a home run in the series. One walk and seven strikeouts.