GIANTS 3 - PHILLIES 2
I've had a night to sleep on it and I still can't quite wrap my mind around it.
The San Francisco Giants are going to the World Series!
The game itself was typical Giants baseball. It was tied 2-2 until the 8th inning until Juan Uribe stepped up to the plate with 2 outs and nobody on. Uribe hit a line drive over the fence in right field and the Giants had a 3-2 advantage. Tim Lincecum came on in the bottom of the 8th and looked like he probably shouldn't have been out there. He got a strikeout to start the inning but he gave up singles to Shane Victorino and Raul Ibanez and then he was pulled in favor of the bearded one, Brian Wilson for a five out save. Some of that Giants magic showed up when he got Carlos Ruiz to line into a double play. The ninth was vintage Wilson torture but he made an absolute perfect 3-2 pitch to Ryan Howard to end the series looking.
The game had it's strange moment in the third inning. After Jonathan Sanchez hit Chase Utley in a situations where he absolutely could not afford to hit him. Utley flipped the ball back to Sanchez, they had some words, and the benches cleared. I don't know exactly what the reason for the benches clearing was but it happned. It ended Jonny no-no's night and it turned out to be the best thing that probably could have happened to the Giants. As Affeldt, Bumgarner, and Lopez came in and shut the Phillies down.
The Giants will go to the world series for the third time that I've been around to see and this team might be my favorite team out of all of them. The 1989 team will always hold a special place in my heart because it was the first season that I followed baseball intently, the 2002 team had a few unlikeable guys, this team kind of reminds you of Robin Hood's band of merry men!
But this band of merry men is going to the world series, not sleeping in the forest!