Game over: Giants 3, Phillies 2
Brian Wilson closed it out, striking out Howard with two runners on to end the game. The Giants won their first pennant since 2002 and will face the Rangers at home in Game 1 of the Series on Wednesday.
Top of the 9th: Giants 3, Phillies 2
Juan Uribe homered off Madson in the eighth. Bochy went to Lincecum to start the bottom of the inning. He have up one-out singles to Victorino and Inanez. Brian Wilson then came in and got Ruiz to line to first. Huff threw to second to double off Victorino.
Giants three outs away from the Series.
Top of the 8th: Giants 2, Phillies 2
Sanchez doubled with two outs for the Pirates against Ryan Madson. Manuel took a chance and intentionally walked Huff to get to Posey and he grounded into a force. The Phillies, facing Javier Lopez, went down in order.
Top of the 7th: Giants 2, Phillies 2
With two on and one out, Renteria grounded into a double play as Utley grabbed the ball, stepped on second and threw to first. The Philies left another runner stranded in scoring position as Ibanez doubled and stayed there.
Top of the 6th: Giants 2, Phillies 2
Oswalt has allowed eight hits but only two runs through five innings. Madison Bumgarner, San Francisco’s Game 4 starter (4.2 innings, 85 pitches), started the fifth inning and left the bases loaded.
Good game so far. Fans here are getting restless.
Top of the 5th: Giants 2, Phillies 2
Easy inning for both pitchers. Affeldt retired all six batters he faced. Giants hitting for him now to start the 5th as Mike Fontenot comes to the plate.
Top of the 4th: Giants 2, Phillies 2
Sanchez started the third inning with a single. Torres followed with a blast to center that chased Victorino to the wall. With his back to the plate, Victorino nearly trapped the ball against his chest but it escaped his clutches. Sanchez advanced only as far as second base. A bunt by Sanchez moved the runners up. Huff’s single to center scored Sanchez but Torres was thrown out at the plate thanks to a poor decision by third base coach Tim Flannery to send him.
The next hitter, Posey, hit a ball slowly to third.Polanco’s throw was into the runner, got away from Howard and Huff scored.
There were fireworks in the bottom of the inning. After Polanco walked, Utley was hit by a pitch. The ball bounced his way as he headed to first and he flipped it back at Sanchez, who started yelling at him. The benches cleared but no punches were thrown.
That was enough for Bruce Bochy, who pulled Sanchez. Jeremy Affeldt came in and retired Howard (K), Werth (F-9) and Victorino (3-Un) to end the inning.
Top of the 3rd: Phillies 2, Giants 0
Oswalt allowed two hits in the top of the second but Ross grounded into a double play. Sanchez then retired the side in order. But he has already thrown 42 pitches.
Top of the 2nd: Phillies 2, Giants 0
This could get ugly in a hurry. Oswalt allowed a leadoff single then retired the side on an assortment of nasty pitches. The Sanchez barely made it out of the first inning.
Polanco walked with one out and took second on a wild pitch. Utley doubled to right to drive in a run. Howard singled to push Utley to third. Werth delivered a sacrifice fly to deep left. Victorino singled to extend the inning but Ibanez (who really looks awful) popped to second.
Sanchez in the first inning of his two starts: 3 runs on 3 hits and 4 walks
Top of the 1st: Giants 0, Phillies 0
We’re underway at Citizens Bak Park. Nice night for baseball with a little breeze going left to right. It’s 61 degrees. Hope you enjoy the game and we’ll have inning-by-inning updates for you here all game.