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By Gary W. Marchese Jr.
San Francisco, CA (Oct 19) – The San Francisco Giants defeated the Philadelphia Phillies Tuesday evening by the score of 3-0. Matt Cain was dominant, pitching seven innings and giving up no runs on two hits, he walked three and struck out five.
Javier Lopez pitched a perfect inning with a strikeout and Brian Wilson picked up the save pitching an inning and giving up one hit. Cole Hamels pitched six innings for Philadelphia and gave up five hits and three runs with one walk and eight strikeouts. Jose Contreras pitched two perfect innings striking out one.
The Phillies had three hits, one each by Ryan Howard, Jimmy Rollins, and Carlos Ruiz. Shane Victorino, Jayson Werth, and Ross Gload all drew walks. All the hits were singles.
The Giants got a hit from Edgar Renteria, a hit and an RBI from Freddy Sanchez and a hit and RBI from Cody Ross who continues to play like an MVP of this series. Aubrey Huff had a hit and an RBI and Aaron Rowand had a hit. There was not much offense in this game but the Giants did enough to win. Pat Burrell drew a walk.
The Giants lead this best of seven NLCS two games to one with game four Wednesday night. The Giants had gotten a great series out of Cody Ross and good starting pitching to carry them to this lead. They will try to end the series in San Francisco without going back to Philadelphia. The Phillies will try to win one game so they can go back home where they feel good.
The Giants have history on their side with 15 of the previous 19 teams that have had a 2-1 lead in the NLCS advance to the World Series. This was the second home postseason shutout by the Giants, which they had not accomplished since 1917. The Giants are going to live and die with their pitching and so far, they have had seven quality starts out of seven games.
The Phillies though on the other side have not hit but are not losing confidence yet. They have been in the postseason four consecutive years and appeared in the World Series the last two years. They are not going to get fazed with a 2-1 deficit in the NLCS.
If they do lose game five though, they will be staring at Tim Lincecum who will try to put them away and send San Francisco to the World Series.