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October 21, 2010 | By Ray Parrillo, Inquirer Staff Writer
SAN FRANCISCO - Another game, a different lineup for the Giants. Out of necessity, manager Bruce Bochy, who had been pushing all the right buttons while shuffling his lineup, removed Juan Uribe and replaced him with switch-hitter Pablo Sandoval at third base for Wednesday's Game 4 of the NLCS. Incredibly, the move turned out to be genius. Sandoval had the key two-run double in the sixth inning that gave the Giants a 5-4 lead. And Uribe, who went 0 for 3 in Game 3 and is apparently still feeling the effects of a bruised wrist, hit the game-winning sacrifice fly off Roy Oswalt in the bottom of the ninth in the 6-5 win. He injured the wrist sliding into second base in the series opener and sat out Game 2.   Fondness for Phils Aaron Rowand celebrated the Phillies' World Series championship in 2008 even though he was a Giant.
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October 18, 2010 | By ED BARKOWITZ, barkowe@phillynews.com
Roy Oswalt beat the Giants with his arm and surprised them with his legs. Oswalt went eight clutch innings and gave up three hits, but what left more than a few jaws agape was when he ran through a stop sign to score an insurance run in the seventh. After Oswalt led off with a single and moved to second on a Shane Victorino sacrifice, Placido Polanco singled to center. Oswalt dashed around third, stutter-stepped and went right through coach Sam Perlozzo's stop sign. If Oswalt would have been thrown out there - making the second out of the inning at home - he'd be wearing goat horns no matter how well he pitched.
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October 16, 2010
First impression: These Giants are pretty good. Second: It's going to be a long series. Funny thing is, it wasn't the Giants' pitching that made the difference in Game 1. Tim Lincecum was solid and the bullpen did its job and all that. But the lineup was tough. Tougher than I expected, anyway. From the first pitch from Roy Halladay ? which Andres Torres slashed into centerfield for a line-drive out ? the Giants had an aggressive approach. They got their hacks. They looked like they believed they belong in this series.
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October 29, 2010 | By Matt Gelb, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
SAN FRANCISCO - These are the things so hard to explain in baseball, and just a few of the many reasons the San Francisco Giants are two wins away from a world championship. In the fifth inning of San Francisco's 9-0 victory in Game 2 of the World Series at AT&T Park, Texas second baseman Ian Kinsler crushed a ball to center, nearly 399 feet from home plate. It was a home run. Had to be. But the ball bounced off the top of the wall and its backspin carried it into the glove of Andres Torres.
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October 21, 2010 | By Phil Sheridan, Inquirer Columnist
SAN FRANCISCO - As it turned out, Charlie Manuel's mistake wasn't putting his faith in Joe Blanton for Game 4. It was losing faith in Blanton too early. Yanking Blanton in the fifth inning, when he still had the lead, set in motion a chain of events that ended with Roy Oswalt's gamely trying, and failing, to pitch in an unfamiliar role. Oswalt, who pitched eight innings on Sunday, gave up two singles and a sacrifice fly that will haunt these Phillies for a long time. They are now one loss from a long, cold winter of regret and second-guessing.
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November 1, 2010 | By MARCUS HAYES, hayesm@phillynews.com
ARLINGTON, Texas - Pat the Bat sat. Pat Burrell, the former Phillie whom the Giants signed off the scrapheap in late May, was benched by manager Bruce Bochy last night after going hitless in the first three games of the World Series. Last night's lineup traded power potential for improved defense, Bochy said. But it improved the offense, too, evidenced in the Giants' 4-0 win that gave them a 3-1 series lead. "Just trying to get back to where he was, whether it was moving your hands a little bit, getting your starting foot down sooner, things like that," Bochy said.
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October 29, 2010 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
SAN FRANCISCO - These are the things so hard to explain in baseball, and just a few of the many reasons the San Francisco Giants are two wins away from a world championship. In the fifth inning of San Francisco's 9-0 victory in Game 2 of the World Series at AT&T Park, Texas second baseman Ian Kinsler crushed a ball to center, nearly 399 feet from home plate. It was a home run. Had to be. But the ball bounced off the top of the wall, and its backspin carried it into the glove of Andres Torres.
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October 18, 2010 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
There is Big Roy and there is Little Roy on the Phillies' pitching staff, and they didn't switch inseams in the National League Championship Series, but it was the little guy who picked up the team and put it back on its feet Sunday night. Until the seventh inning, it was pretty heavy lifting as Roy Oswalt was forced to walk a thin edge without much run support from the Phils. He didn't replicate Big Roy Halladay's no-hitter in the division series, but he came pretty close, and pulled the Phillies back from possible oblivion following Halladay's Game 1 loss.
NEWS
October 24, 2010 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The second baseman needed a few more inches. The centerfielder needed a few more feet. And the first and third basemen would have benefited from even a millimeter of open space. But none of those Phillies measured up to their third-inning challenges. The San Francisco Giants capitalized by scoring a pair of runs to tie the score en route to their 3-2 Game 6 win that gave them the National League Championship Series victory Saturday night. It was a sudden reversal of third-inning fortune for the Phillies, who, in the same frame of Game 5, had taken advantage of poorly executed Giants defense and some good luck to score three times in a 4-2 victory.
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October 24, 2010 | By Bob Ford, INQUIRER COLUMNIST
If you have to say goodbye to baseball for another year, and it appears you do, then bidding farewell at the end of a wonderful, wild and weird game is the way to go. There's nothing easy about giving up on the idea of a third straight World Series, or a second championship in that stretch, but the Phillies didn't give up easily on their end of it, either. At the end against the Giants on Saturday night, as they tried to survive in order to merely face another possible elimination the following day, the Phils were doing what they always do. They were trying to win and hating to lose, even though the trying wasn't enough and the losing finally overtook them.
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June 26, 2011 | Associated Press
SAN FRANCISCO - Tony Sipp balked home the go-ahead run with the bases loaded in the seventh inning, giving the San Francisco Giants a 1-0 victory over the error-prone Cleveland Indians on Saturday for their fourth straight victory. Sipp flinched his left arm before even throwing a pitch to Emmanuel Burriss, allowing Miguel Tejada to score from third. Second baseman Cord Phelps made two errors in the inning to spoil a strong start by Justin Masterson (5-6). Matt Cain (7-4) pitched seven-plus innings of four-hit ball in another strong outing for San Francisco.
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May 31, 2011 | Associated Press
ST. LOUIS - Andres Torres was so excited about his first career grand slam, he nearly passed Madison Bumgarner on the way to second base. Bumgarner stuck out an arm for the stop sign and Torres applied the brakes in time, giving the National League's worst offense a big boost in the San Francisco Giants' 7-3 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Monday. "I wasn't thinking, just running," Torres said. "When I saw it was out, I felt great. " Bumgarner won his second straight after losing his first six decisions and also played a big role at the plate in 90-degree heat with high humidity.
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May 23, 2011 | Associated Press
SAN FRANCISCO - Emmanuel Burriss singled home the winning run in the 11th inning and the San Francisco Giants completed a three-game sweep of the Oakland Athletics with a 5-4 victory Sunday. Burriss' line drive off reliever Brian Fuentes (1-6) scored speedy Darren Ford from second. Ford just beat rightfielder Ryan Sweeney's throw to the plate for the Giants' fifth straight victory. Nate Schierholtz ripped a two-run, pinch-hit homer in the eighth off Grant Balfour to tie the score.
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April 9, 2011 | Daily News Wire Services
The San Francisco Giants raised the flag and the Cardinals dropped the ball. Aaron Rowand hit a game-winning single off the leftfield wall with the bases loaded in the 12th inning and the Giants celebrated raising the World Series flag with a 5-4 victory over St. Louis yesterday. First baseman Albert Pujols dropped what would have been an inning-ending grounder by Andres Torres with two outs in the 12th. Torres reached on the error and advanced to second on defensive indifference.
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November 2, 2010
ARLINGTON, Texas - It will separate, this alchemy Brian Sabean and Bruce Bochy performed. The charismatic Giants are a happy accident, a compilation of longshots who scorched through the last 6 weeks of the season, then found impossible heroes in October. With the World Series over, this precious assemblage - a world champion after last night's 3-1 victory over the Texas Rangers in Game 5 - won't be worth the cardboard on which the lineup is written. Sabean knows it, and he approaches the dissolution of the unlikely overachievers he assembled with a terse defensiveness.
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November 1, 2010 | By MARCUS HAYES, hayesm@phillynews.com
ARLINGTON, Texas - Pat the Bat sat. Pat Burrell, the former Phillie whom the Giants signed off the scrapheap in late May, was benched by manager Bruce Bochy last night after going hitless in the first three games of the World Series. Last night's lineup traded power potential for improved defense, Bochy said. But it improved the offense, too, evidenced in the Giants' 4-0 win that gave them a 3-1 series lead. "Just trying to get back to where he was, whether it was moving your hands a little bit, getting your starting foot down sooner, things like that," Bochy said.
NEWS
October 29, 2010 | By Matt Gelb, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
SAN FRANCISCO - These are the things so hard to explain in baseball, and just a few of the many reasons the San Francisco Giants are two wins away from a world championship. In the fifth inning of San Francisco's 9-0 victory in Game 2 of the World Series at AT&T Park, Texas second baseman Ian Kinsler crushed a ball to center, nearly 399 feet from home plate. It was a home run. Had to be. But the ball bounced off the top of the wall and its backspin carried it into the glove of Andres Torres.
SPORTS
October 29, 2010 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
SAN FRANCISCO - These are the things so hard to explain in baseball, and just a few of the many reasons the San Francisco Giants are two wins away from a world championship. In the fifth inning of San Francisco's 9-0 victory in Game 2 of the World Series at AT&T Park, Texas second baseman Ian Kinsler crushed a ball to center, nearly 399 feet from home plate. It was a home run. Had to be. But the ball bounced off the top of the wall, and its backspin carried it into the glove of Andres Torres.
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October 24, 2010 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
If you have to say goodbye to baseball for another year, and it appears you do, then bidding farewell at the end of a wonderful, wild and weird game is the way to go. There's nothing easy about giving up on the idea of a third straight World Series, or a second championship in that stretch, but the Phillies didn't give up easily on their end of it, either. At the end against the Giants on Saturday night, as they tried to survive in order to merely face another possible elimination the following day, the Phils were doing what they always do. They were trying to win and hating to lose, even though the trying wasn't enough and the losing finally overtook them.
NEWS
October 24, 2010 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The second baseman needed a few more inches. The centerfielder needed a few more feet. And the first and third basemen would have benefited from even a millimeter of open space. But none of those Phillies measured up to their third-inning challenges. The San Francisco Giants capitalized by scoring a pair of runs to tie the score en route to their 3-2 Game 6 win that gave them the National League Championship Series victory Saturday night. It was a sudden reversal of third-inning fortune for the Phillies, who, in the same frame of Game 5, had taken advantage of poorly executed Giants defense and some good luck to score three times in a 4-2 victory.
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