Oct. 21 Is Good Phillies Date
Oh, there will be a tomorrow. Trust me. Only we’ll know tonight if tomorrow means the Phillies are still alive or their 2010 season has ended.
Lots of finger-pointing last night, mostly at Charlie. Heck, he didn’t throw a pitch or swing a bat.
It was a game filled with odds and ends: Blanton threw two wild pitches in 175 regular-season innings and had a pair in the first inning that led to a run . . . There were two walks to start an inning that ended up in SF runs . . . The Phillies had a runner thrown out at home plate; the Giants scored a run on a bang-bang play at home plate . . . The Phillies offense came alive yet with Werth on second following a game-tying double with nobody out in the eighth inning, the Phillies couldn’t get that sixth run . . . It ended with Game 2 starter (Oswalt) taking the loss in the last of the ninth.
So far in the series, the Phillies have scored in 7 of 35 innings. The Giants, 11 innings. Tim McCarver pointed out another oddity in the Phillies inconsistent offense: Francisco’s lead-off single in the fifth inning last night was the first hit to start an inning for the Phillies since Oswalt singled to begin the seventh in Game 2.
The Series was billed as a pitching matchup, the Phillies top three starters against the Giants top trio. Well, that’s where we are again.
Elias Sports Bureau
“Giants starting pitcher (Bumgarner) left with a 2-1 lead with two outs in the top of the fifth inning, and then in the bottom of the inning, Phillies starter (Blanton) was removed from the game with two out and Philadelphia holding a 4-3 lead. That marks the first time in major league history that both starting pitchers were lifted from a postseason game one out away from being eligible for a victory.
Want a good omen? The Phillies are 3-0 on this date in their postseason history: in 1980, they won their first World Championship at the Vet; in 1993, Schilling threw a shutout when the Phillies were facing elimination in the WS against the Blue Jays and a year ago, the Phillies won their seventh NL pennant with a 10-4 win over the Dodgers.