San Francisco, CA – It’s safe to say the Cody Ross show is here at AT&T Park, get your tickets now! Another unbelievable performance by Ross in the Giants 3-0 win over the Phillies.
Driving in a crucial run on a pitch that he wouldn’t normally swing at. Ross continues to stay “hot” in the National League Championship Series. He’s been baseball hottest hitters this postseason, batting .350 (7-for-20) with 4 home runs and 6 RBI’s in six games.
“You know he’s definitely hot!”, Cole Hamels said. “He’s been batting and hitting pitches that most normal people can’t hit at this time.”
Edgar Renteria leadoff the fourth frame with a single to right field. Freddy Sanchez was out with a sacrifice bunt that advanced Renteria to second. Hamels struck out the next batter and walked Burrell leaving fate in the hands of Ross with two outs in the inning.
The sold out crowd began chanting his name “Co-Dee, Co-Dee, Co-Dee” not because of his heroics in past games but knowing how he can come through in “crunch” time and once again he did! Ross ended a scoreless tie with a single RBI to left field giving the Giants a 1-0 lead.
“Renteria did a great job by starting us off,” Ross said. “I was just trying to stay calm and got a good pitch that probably wasn’t a very good pitch to hit but ended up getting some good wood on it.” “Luckily it got enough and went out in the outfield and we pushed one across.”
No surprise to the Phillies, they expect this type of play from the former Marlins. Many would say “we’re just glad we don’t see him during the regular season” but during the NLCS there’s no way to stop him! Yet, this just maybe the advantage San Francisco needs to push them further in the pennant race.
“It’s nice to play against teams that you have played against for years, with the Braves and then with these guys,” Ross explained. “It gives you a sense of comfort knowing that you faced these guys in the past and you’re not going up there blind.” “So yes, it is nice to know what to expect!”
The Giants continued their surge in the fifth inning and gave Philadelphia their first shutout loss in the postseason. A team effort from all including Aaron Rowand’s leadoff double led the Giants score their next two runs.
Matt Cain pitch his first postseason win with the help of great defense to allow no runs for the Phillies. Pitching probably his best game Cain found himself in a jam during the seventh. He hit Carlos Ruiz with a pitch and walked pinch-hitter Ross Gload, this brought manager Bruce Bochy out for a chat.
“More than anything I just wanted to check on him and see where he was at,” Bochy said. “He worked pretty hard, the pitch count was up there and he still found a way to get a big out for us.”
The Giants state their success comes from everyone especially starting back in spring training. The atmosphere stays lose, the pitching staff gets better and the team works hard. A mixture of both young and old, this team continues to seek wins. They remain positive and know they have a shot at playing in the World Series.
Written by: Malaika Bobino