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San Francisco, CA (Oct 21) – The Philadelphia Phillies have defeated the San Francisco Giants by the score of 4-2. The Phillies down three games to one were staring elimination in the face while going up against two time defending Cy Young Award winner Tim Lincecum but they found a way to get it done.
The Phillies much like the Yankees in the ALCS are champions and it is not easy to finish a champion. The big difference though is that the Phillies will now be going home for the sixth and they hope seventh games.
Roy Halladay started and pitched six innings giving up six hits and two runs with two walks and five strikeouts. Jose Contreras pitched 2/3 of an inning giving up a single and recorded a strikeout, J.C. Romero got the one batter out that he faced, and Ryan Madson struck out the side in his one inning. Brad Lidge pitched a perfect ninth inning with a strikeout.
Shane Victorino had an RBI, Placido Polanco had a hit, walk, and an RBI and Chase Utley had a single. Jayson Werth had a hit and an RBI, Jimmy Rollins had a hit and Raul Ibanez had two hits. Carlos Ruiz drew a walk.
San Francisco got on the board in the first inning with one run. Buster Posey hit a groundball force-out to score the run.
The Phillies scored three runs in the third inning. Shane Victorino reached on a fielding error scoring two runs. Placido Polanco hit an RBI single to make it 3-1 Phillies. San Francisco made it 3-2 in the fourth inning on an RBI double by Cody Ross. It is that man again; he has had an unbelievable series and inline to win MVP if the Giants win the series.
Jayson Werth hit a solo home run in the ninth inning to extend the Phillies lead to 4-2 and Brad Lidge nailed down the save without any drama to send the series to game six.
The Phillies will feel confident that they are going back home for what they hope is two more games. Philadelphia will have Oswalt and Hamels pitching the last two games and they just beat San Francisco best pitcher Lincecum.
The Giants have the three games to two lead in the series and just need to win one game. I do wonder if the Giants will start feeling the pressure being such a young team, the Giants have not been to the World Series in eight years, which is a long time. Just like the Rangers in the ALCS sometimes the hardest win to get is that fourth and final one.