2010 National League Championship Series, Game # 4: The Phils lose a heartbreaker as the pitching staff fail a resurgent offense as they fall to the Giants in the bottom of the ninth, 6-5. They now trail the Giants 3-1, with their backs to the wall.

The pitching staff allows one to get away as the Phils lose to the Giants in the bottom of the ninth, 6-5, after the offense had finally decided to come out and fight. The Phils now trail the Giants in the series, 3-1.

The Giants took the lead in the first as, with a runner on third, and with two men out, Buster Posey hits an RBI single, scoring Freddy Sanchez, who had earlier singled, then went first to second, and then to third on a pair of wild pitches, giving the Giants a 1-0 lead. The Giants then increased their lead in the third as, with one man on, and with two men out, Posey hits an RBI double, knocking in Aubrey Huff, who had earlier singled, making it a 2-0 Giants’ lead. The Phils’ offense then exploded in the fifth. After Ben Francisco and Carlos Ruiz started off the inning with back-to-back singles, with Francisco stopping at second base, Joe Blanton moved both man over with a sacrifice bunt, 1-4, sending Francisco over to third base, and Ruiz up to second base. The next batter, Shane Victorino, then followed with an RBI single, scoring Francisco, cutting the Giants’ lead to 2-1, before Ruiz is cut down at home plate on a one-hop strike by Giants’ center fielder Aaron Rowand, with Posey supplying the tag, for the inning’s second out. Two batters later, after Chase Utley has reached base with a single, moving Victorino up to second base, the Phils took the lead as Placido Polanco hits a two-run double, scoring both Victorino and Utley, giving the Phils a 3-2 lead. Three batters later, after the Phils had loaded the bases via an intentional walk to Ryan Howard, and Jayson Werth being hit by the pitch, moving up a base both Polanco and Howard, and with Jimmy Rollins batting, Giants’ reliever Santiago Casilla threw a wild pitch which went into the stands, scoring Polanco, making it a 4-2 Phils’ lead, while moving Howard to third base, and Werth to second. The Giants came back in their half of the fifth as, with one man on, and with two men out, Huff hits an RBI single, knocking in Andres Torres, who had earlier walked, and then moved up to second on a Edgar Renteria ground out, 5-3, making it a 4-3 Phils’ lead. The Giants then regain the lead in the sixth as, with two men on, and with nobody out, Pablo Sandoval hits a two-run double, knocking in Pat Burrell, who had earlier walked, then went to third on Cody Ross’ double, and Ross, who had just doubled, giving the Giants a 5-4 lead. The Phils would then tie the game up at five-all in the eighth as, with a runner on second, and with nobody out, Werth hits an RBI double, knocking in Howard, who had just doubled. In the bottom of the ninth, the Giants won the game as, with runners on the corners and with one man out, Juan Uribe hits a sacrifice fly to left field, knocking in Huff, who had earlier singled, and then went to third on Posey’s single, giving the Giants a 6-5 walk-off win, and a 3-1 lead in the series.

Joe Blanton receives a no-decision as he pitches four and two-thirds innings, giving up three runs on five hits, a walk and two wild pitches, while striking out three. Jose Contreras pitches a third of an inning, striking out the only batter that he would face. Chad Durbin receives his first blown save of the series as he pitches an inning, giving up two runs on two hits and two walks, while striking out a batter. Antonio Bastardo pitches a third of an inning, gives up a hit. Ryan Madson pitches one and two-thirds scoreless innings, as he giving up a hit and a walk, while striking out two. Roy Oswalt took the lost as he pitches two-thirds of an inning, giving up a run on two hits. His series record is now 1-1 with a 2.08 ERA. Madison Bumgarner also receives a no-decision as he pitches four and two-third innings, giving up three runs on six hits and a walk, while striking out six. Santiago Casilla pitches an inning and a third, giving up a run on one hit, a walk, a hit batter and a wild pitch, while striking out two. Javier Lopez records his third hold of the series as he pitches an inning plus one batter, giving up a run on a hit and a walk. Sergio Romo collects his first blown save of the series as he pitches an inning, giving up a hit, while striking out two. Brian Wilson collects the win as he pitches a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. His series record is now 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA.

The Phils had nine hits in the game, with Placido Polanco leading the team with two hits, a single and a double, knocking in two runs. Shane Victorino, Chase Utley, Ryan Howard, Jayson Werth, Jimmy Rollins, Ben Francisco and Carlos Ruiz had the other seven Phils’ hits, with Victorino, Utley, Rollins, Francisco and Ruiz’s hits being singles, with Victorino knocking in a run, while Howard and Werth’s hits were both doubles, with Werth knocking in a run. The other Phil run came in on a bases loaded wild pitch. The offense finally appeared. Sadly, parts of the relief corps decided to lose its touch, before Oswalt took the mound in relief to lose the game.

The Phils (1-3), with their backs to the wall, will continue the series with the Giants (3-1), trying to send it back to Philadelphia. The game is to be played at AT&T Park and is to start at 7:30 pm Eastern (4:30 pm Pacific). The Phils will send to the mound their ace Roy Halladay (0-1, 5.14), who lost game one of the series to the Giants on October 16, as he pitched seven innings, giving up four runs on eight hits, while striking out seven, in the Phils’ 4-3 lost. He will be trying to get the series back to Philadelphia. The Giants will counter with Tim Lincecum (1-0, 3.86), who is coming off a win against the Phils in game one of the series on October 16, as he also went seven innings, giving up three runs on six hits and three walks, while striking out eight, in the Giants’ 4-3 win. He will be trying to cinch the series for the Giants. The Phils will be trying to come back after a very heartbreaking lost, so that they can bring the series back to Philadelphia.

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