Tuesday, October 19, 2010
2010 Chachi #66 NLCS Game 2/Roy Oswalt & Jimmy Rollins
NLCS Game 2 - Sunday Night, October 17th in Philadelphia
Roy Oswalt pitched a gem in Game 2, and Jimmy Rollins found his swing (temporarily) as the Phillies tied up the NLCS at one game a piece. Sunday night's game is already old news following the deflating loss in Game 3 this afternoon, so I'll keep the summary simple. Three things stood out for me in Game 2:
1. Oswalt is awesome. He pitched eight dominant innings, limiting the Giants to three hits and a run while striking out nine. (Damn you, Cody Ross.) With the Phillies holding a slim 2-1 lead, he led off the seventh with a single. He was sacrificed over to second by Shane Victorino and he came around to score on a Placido Polanco base hit when he blew past third base coach Sam Perlozzo's stop sign and slid safely home. It was a play that could have gone so very wrong, but it went right for the Phils and the gutsy play energized the home crowd. And it woke me up a little.
Chase Utley's sacrifice fly and came home on Polanco's sacrifice fly. This run turned out to be the winning run in the ballgame.
3. I got one of my wishes, and Rollins hit a ball out of the infield, batting from his much weaker left side no less. Rollins' clutch, two-out, bases-loaded double in the seventh cleared the bases and made the game comfortable for the Phils.
And there you have it. The series was tied up at 1-1, both teams boarded flights to San Francisco and all was right with the world. Until they started playing again on Tuesday afternoon . . .