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Live Blog: NLCS Game 2 – Giants/Phillies: In Play, Run(s)

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You are witnessing a first for Joe Montana’s Right Arm. This will be the first non-NFL live blogging event.

Why? Well, it’s not time for the Phillies and their fans to hit panic button but it’s a few doors down to the right if you get what I’m putting down.

The Phils are down 1-0 in the NLCS with tough San Fran lefty Jonathan Sanchez on the bump for the Giants.

The Fightins bat a collective .175 versus Sanchez. During 2010, Sanchez was 2-0 versus the Phillies with an ERA of 1.38.

Nope, not worried at all.

PREGAME

8:06 – Hello all…hope this is a good one. I would like to watch the season finale of Mad Men later on tonight in a good mood and not think about the Phillies going into an 0-2 hole. 

8:08- Straight from the terrible omen department, Larry Andersen just informed Phillies fans that during the team’s postseason history, the Phils have never won a postseason series during which they lost the opener. Well, there’s a first time for everything.

TOP OF THE FIRST

8:19 – No pressure Roy. No Cliff Lee references, I promise…at least for now.

8:23 – Oswalt retires the side in roughly four minutes including an overmatched at-bat from Andres Torres. Well done Roy.  Let’s get some runs please.

BOTTOM OF THE FIRST

8:25 – Phils just did their lineup introductions and looked as if they had to be dragged in at gunpoint to do so. Fun times.

8:27 – Shane Victorino…three pitches…three strikes. They whiffed 13 times last night. Good thing I don’t take heart medication.

8:29 – THE CAPTAIN STOLE A BASE…WE’RE RUNNING!!! AGGRESSIVENESS!!!!

8:32 – Mike Fontenot error makes it first and third with one out for the big guy…who ruffled some feathers today but more on that later.

8:34 – Dear Ryan…Lay off the slider please.

8:38 – Sanchez walks Howard, who made an appearance today at the Eagles/Falcons game and drew the ire of many on Twitter. Look, it shouldn’t be a big deal but you know if he doesn’t perform tonight, it will be.

8:40 – Jayson Werth. Strikes out looking. Breaking ball right in the middle of the plate.

8:43 – An RBI walk by Rollins with the bases loaded gives the Phillies a 1-0 lead. Color Bruce Bochy angry. Phew. Was thinking pop up. Not going to lie.

8:46 – Ibanez gets blown away but they get a run without a hit. I’ll take it.

AFTER 1: PHILS 1, GIANTS 0

8:47 – By the way, Guillermo Mota is warming up for the Giants in the pen already after a 36 pitch inning from Sanchez, whose control reminds me of this man’s accuracy:

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TOP OF THE SECOND

8:50 – Buster Posey puts Shane Victorino on his rump thanks to a fly ball to deep center thanks to a heavy wind. I do enjoy the fact that there is a player named “Buster” in the postseason. He’s destined for big things down the line.

8:52 – Phillie killer and the new Mr. October, Cody Ross, steps in. Today, I learned that Cody Ross spelled backwards is “Sorry Doc”. As I type this, Oswalt just cleared his nostrils with one high and tight.

8:55 – After a walk to Ross, Oswalt finally gets ahead of another hitter and retires Fontenot easily. Game on.

BOTTOM OF THE SECOND

8:57  – The man they call Chooch leads off the bottom of the second for the Phils. By the way, a note to any aspiring journalist…do your homework on nicknames before doing a man on the street interview.

9:02 – A far easier second inning for Sanchez. During the inning, Joe Buck interviews former Phillies reliever Mitch Williams and show him striking out Bill Pecota to win the ’93 National League pennant. That series ranks as reason #153 why the Atlanta Braves underachieved in the 90s under Bobby Cox.

AFTER 2: PHILS 1, GIANTS 0

TOP OF THE THIRD

9:08 – Oswalt makes quick work of 8, 9, and 1 for San Fran in the third and has four strikeouts. I’d like to use this opportunity to remind you that on Monday night the Yankees will face this man.

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BOTTOM OF THE THIRD

9:16 – Howard connects on a 2-0 pitch for a ground-rule double and the first Philadelphia hit. Now, Werth steps in, who at one point this season had not picked up a hit with a runner in scoring position and two outs since the Battle of Trenton in 1776.

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9:18 – …and Werth can’t deliver with two outs again. Oy vey.

AFTER 3: PHILS 1, GIANTS 0

TOP OF THE FOURTH

9:24 – Oswalt is retiring Giants nearly faster than I can type…

BOTTOM OF THE FOURTH

9:27 – Major bonehead play by the Giants. Rollins delivers his obligatory pop up and then Fontenot and Sanchez just watch it drop in the infield. It’s scored as a base hit? Wow. That seems like an E5 to me.

9:36 – Despite a somewhat entertaining at-bat by Oswalt, the Phils can’t take advantage of their good fortune and Sanchez avoids further damage. I’m sure in between innings he’ll have a rather enjoyable conversation with Fontenot.

AFTER 4: PHILS 1, GIANTS 0

TOP OF THE FIFTH

9:42 – Pat Burrell flies out weakly once more….

9:43 – CODY ROSS AGAIN. Ugh.

9:49 – I still can’t believe Ross homered again. Having said that, as FOX illustrated, all three homers came on pitches in roughly the same spot.

9:52 – Well, clearly I need a pick me up.

MID. OF 5: PHILS 1, GIANTS 1

BOTTOM OF THE FIFTH

9:55 – A leadoff double by Victorino…HE HAS TO SCORE HERE.

9:56 – A sac fly by Utley moves Victorino to third.

9:57 – Another sac fly by Polly ties it at 2. Tip of the cap to Utley and Polanco with level-headed at-bats.

9:59 – Werth with another mediocre at-bat to end the inning but mission accomplished.

END OF 5: PHILS 2, GIANTS 1

TOP OF THE SIXTH

10:06 – Oswalt tap dances out of trouble by sawing off Buster Posey to end the inning.

10:08 – Big moments for the Phils upcoming. They need to get Sanchez out of the game.

BOTTOM OF THE SIXTH

10:12 – Raul Ibanez just won the award for worst at-bat of the night. Swung at a brutal strike three pitch.

10:13 – Excited over catching the seventh inning, Ruiz is punched out rather quickly. The bottom of the order is a wasteland tonight.

AFTER 6: PHILS 2, GIANTS 1

TOP OF THE SEVENTH

10:17 – Mama…here comes that man again…

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10:18 – Despite putting a charge into one, Ross is retired by Victorino. Thank god.

BOTTOM OF THE SEVENTH

10:24 – Oswalt is going to bat here. Hmm…

10:27 – Oswalt chases Sanchez out with a single. Good things happen for the Phils in the postseason when the pitcher hits…except for last night.

10:30 – IBB for the Cap to lead to a righty versus righty matchup for Polanco.

10:32 – Oh dear god!! Oswalt runs through a stop sign and scores anyway on an RBI single by Polanco.

10:38 – Unfortunately, Howard does not deliver with runners on second and third following a double steal. Now, we need a two-out hit.

10:39 – It will not come from Werth though, who receives the free pass. On a side note, I’m very disappointed in the Phillies crowds through two games. They seem a cross between apathetic and scared.

10:45 – With the bases loaded, Jimmy Rollins sends a long distance shout out to the haters thanks to a bases clearing double. Finally, the big inning and the noise has returned to CBP.

10:47 – Don’t fret Giant fans…this should make you feel right at home:

END OF 7: PHILS 6, GIANTS 1

TOP OF THE EIGHTH

10:54 – If Ron Washington managed in this series, he would have pulled Oswalt after the one out walk in the eighth to lead to his team blowing a 5-0 lead.

10:57 – CFM goes to pull Oswalt…I think…and then walks right back to the dugout.

11:00 – Oswalt finishes off Huff in the eighth. San Fran is down to their final three outs. Tremendous job Roy.

BOTTOM OF THE EIGHTH

11:09 – Nothing doing for the Phils in the eighth. I swear if you’re not paying attention and standing far away from the TV, you would have thought Brian Wilson was pitching, not Sergio Romo.

11:10 – Should the Phillies win this series they should also be allowed to shave all of the Giant beards.

END OF 8: PHILS 6, GIANTS 1

TOP OF THE NINTH

11:12 – Despite a leadoff walk to Posey, I’m not worried that Pat Burrell is up.

11:17 – Cody Ross finally becomes Cody Ross and strikes out looking for out number two.

11:20 – Edgar Renteria grounds out to J-Roll to end the game. People wanted Wilson Valdez to start tonight. That’s why we should always trust the judgment of this man…

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FINAL: PHILS 6, GIANTS 1

11:28 – Here’s what Charlie actually was trying to say a few days ago when explaining the virtues of Ric Flair:

11:31 – Well said Ric. Mission accomplished. Here is a musical interlude to end the night…

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