San Francisco, CA- It was probably one of the best games played in the postseason, a tied game going into the final inning. Juan Uribe who was scratched from the starting lineup with a sore wrist entered the game bottom of the ninth.
Uribe hit a walk-off sacrifice fly to left field driving in the game-winning run. A remarkable performance from the San Francisco Giants as they took game 4 of the National League Championship Series defeating the Philadelphia Phillies 6-5.
“It feels good to be one win away from the World Series,” Uribe said. “Every team wants to be here and I’m just glad I was able to help my team with this victory.” “That hit was for the team and I was ready to be called upon to go into the game despite my injury.”
One win and one game away from playing in the World Series, the Giants continue to get better and better. Freddy Sanchez got it going early in the first frame with a single to left field and advancing to second on a wild pitch. After Joe Blanton struck out Aubrey Huff, Buster Posey singled to center field scoring the Giants first run.
Posey recorded four hits including two doubles, and two RBI’s. Only one other catcher in Major League history had 4 hits in a postseason game. October 10, 1946, Joe Garagiola had 4 hits and 3 RBI’s to lead the Arizona Cardinals to a 12-3 win over the Boston Red Sox in game 4 of the World Series.
By the fifth, the Phillies took over when Madison Bumgarner gave up back-to-back hits with no outs. Scoring a total of four runs Philadelphia took the lead. Bumgarner just fell apart at the mound, manager Bruce Bochy made some changes quickly.
Santiago Casilla took over the pitching duties and didn’t make much of a difference. Casilla allowed a two-run double, loaded the bases with a walk and threw a wild pitch giving up the Phillies fourth run. Now, ahead 4-2 San Francisco didn’t give up. Bottom of the inning Andres Torres walked with no outs then advanced to second on Edgar Renteria’s ground out into third base.
Huff singled on a line drive center bringing in Torres cutting the lead to 4-3. The hits continued for the Giants when they took the lead bottom of the sixth. Pat Burrell leadoff the inning with a walk followed by two doubles from both Posey and Pablo Sandoval.
“What a great night he had,” Bochy said. “Posey did all the damage for us really, I mean to get that big hit, it’s quite a night.” “Every at-bat he delivered for us, he’s talented and we’ve seen it for a while.”
Sandoval who had been in a hitting slump showed up when needed. Making his first start of the NLCS, he did not disappoint. The 2-run double he hit gave San Francisco back the lead.
“I was prepared to come here no matter what the situation was,” said Sandoval. “I wasn’t playing too many games late in the ball season.” “I come prepared every game, every minute, the situation now is to get good at-bats to help my teammates and that’s what we need to do.”
Philadelphia tied the game top of the eighth with Jason Hayworth’s double but that didn’t discourage the Giants as they stayed calm knowing Brian Wilson was closing. Wilson pitched a scoreless top of the ninth leaving the pressure on the Phillies. They went with Roy Oswalt to close as oppose to Brad Lidge.
The focus now switches to game 5 and the rematch of Tim Lincecum and Roy Halladay. In their first match-up Lincecum was the winner, tomorrow’s game decides if the Phillies can stay in this race or the Giants fate to the World Series.
“I mean, it’s crept in the back of my mind,” Lincecum said. “Obviously, I’ve never been here before and those are things that people dream of.” “I’m not going to get too ahead of myself and just treat this like another game.”
Written by: Malaika Bobino