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By Gary W. Marchese Jr.
Philadelphia, PA (Oct 17) – The Philadelphia Phillies defeated the San Francisco Giants last night by the score of 6-1. The win evened the best of seven NLCS at one game apiece. The series will now shift to San Francisco for the next three games.
Roy Oswalt got the start for the Phillies and was good. He pitched eight innings giving up three hits and one run with three walks and nine strikeouts. Ryan Madson pitched an inning giving up a hit and a walk and he struck out one.
The Phillies got a big game from Jimmy Rollins who had two hits and four RBI. Shane Victorino had two hits, Chase Utley had two walks, and Placido Polanco had one hit and two RBI. Ryan Howard had two hits and Oswalt had a hit. The Phillies got on the board in the first inning on a bases loaded walk by Rollins.
The Giants tied the score in the fifth inning on a home run by Cody Ross who hit two home runs in the first game against Roy Halladay. Polanco hit a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the fifth inning to give Philly the 2-1 lead that they would not relinquish. The Phillies scored four runs in the seventh inning on a Polanco RBI single and a three run double by Rollins.
The series is tied at one game apiece now shifting back to San Francisco for games three through five. Oswalt said the biggest thing is momentum. “You’re trying to make momentum come back on your side.” Oswalt had been in a similar position in 2005 with the Astros, he pitched a game six to send the Astros to the World Series after the Cardinals won game five that seemed to be a big momentum shifter.
Oswalt is 3-0 in the NLCS in his career and all three wins have been after his team lost. The Series now is a best of five and Philadelphia feels confident with Cole Hamels pitching twice, Oswalt, and Halladay once each.