PHILADELPHIA - OCTOBER 17: Jimmy Rollins #11 of the Philadelphia Phillies hits a three run double to left field in the seventh inning against the San Francisco Giants in Game Two of the NLCS during the 2010 MLB Playoffs at Citizens Bank Park on October 17 2010 in Philadelphia Pennsylvania. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

NLCS Game 2: Roy Oswalt, Jimmy Rollins Power Phillies To 6-1 Win

Roy Oswalt was phenomenal over eight innings, and Jimmy Rollins picked up four RBI on a bases-loaded walk and a bases-loaded double as the Phillies evened the NLCS at one game apiece. Check out more at McCovey Chronicles and The Good Phight.

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Giants Vs. Phillies, NLCS Game 2: Ryan Madson Seals Win In Game 2

Jimmy Rollins' bases-loaded double in the seventh blew this game open, and from that point, the Giants just had too big a hill to climb. They couldn't cash in a run-scoring situation against Roy Oswalt in the eighth, and against Ryan Madson in the ninth, they again put two on, and again couldn't score, as Edgar Renteria grounded to short for the third out.

The game ends 6-1, with Roy Oswalt getting the win and Jonathan Sanchez getting the loss. It'll be Cole Hamels and Matt Cain in Game 3 on Tuesday night as the series shifts to San Francisco.


Giants Vs. Phillies, NLCS Game 2: Jimmy Rollins Bases-Loaded Double Adds Three More

The Phillies added an insurance run in the seventh against Ramon Ramirez when Placido Polanco laced an RBI single to center, but they weren't done - not by a long shot.

With two on and one out, Jeremy Affeldt struck out Ryan Howard before intentionally walking Jayson Werth to load the bases. Bruce Bochy then called on Santiago Casilla to pitch to Jimmy Rollins and try to get the Giants out of the mess, but Casilla instead fell behind Rollins 2-0 and threw a low fastball that Rollins drilled off the right-center wall. All three baserunners scored, and Rollins jogged into second base having turned a nail-biter into a 6-1 almost-blowout.

We're off to the eighth, now, and Roy Oswalt's job has become a lot easier.

Pablo Sandoval is in the game now, and Mike Fontenot is out, as Casilla was inserted as part of a double-switch.


Giants Vs. Phillies, NLCS Game 2: Placido Polanco Drives In Big Insurance Run

Jonathan Sanchez departed with a man on first and nobody out. In came Ramon Ramirez, who had Shane Victorino bunt the runner - Roy Oswalt - to second base.

The Giants elected to intentionally walk Chase Utley so that Ramirez could face Placido Polanco, but Polanco went down and lined a low-away fastball into center field for a single. Though Andres Torres came up throwing, Oswalt was able to score all the way from second to double the Phillies' lead.

Jeremy Affeldt has come out of the San Francisco bullpen to relieve the ineffective Ramirez.


Giants Vs. Phillies, NLCS Game 2: Placido Polanco Drives Home Shane Victorino, Restores Lead

Cody Ross may have come up big yet again to give the Giants a tie in the top of the fifth, but the score didn't stay that way for long.

Shane Victorino led off the bottom half with a groundball double down the line into left field. He advanced to third on a sac fly by Chase Utley, and scored on a sac fly by Placido Polanco. The Phillies have taken a 2-1 lead, and that's our score as we head to the sixth.

Jonathan Sanchez's pitch count is up to 87, and he shouldn't last much longer in this game. The Giants bullpen has been active.


Giants Vs. Phillies, NLCS Game 2: Cody Ross Home Run Ties Game 1-1

Roy Oswalt worked an easy fourth, and Jonathan Sanchez did the same to send a 1-0 game into the top of the fifth. It was then that the Giants got a boost from their favorite instant MVP.

With one out and none on, Cody Ross stepped in against Oswalt, got ahead 1-0, and ripped a low inside fastball into the left field seats for a solo home run. It's Ross' fourth homer in three games, and it knots this game up.

It's worth noting that Ross' homer was also the Giants' first hit of the evening. So you can shelve the no-hitter alarms for the rest of the night.

Oswalt worked through the rest of the frame and kept the score even at 1. His pitch count stands at a very reasonable 66, with 40 strikes.


Giants Vs. Phillies, NLCS Game 2: Jimmy Rollins Draws Bases-Loaded Walk, Phillies Up 1-0

The Phillies got the start they wanted from Roy Oswalt, who needed just ten pitches to make quick work of the Giants in the top of the first. Andres Torres led off with a strikeout, and a groundout and a fly out later, the Phillies were coming up to bat.

And the Giants didn't get the start they wanted from Jonathan Sanchez. Sanchez wound up throwing 35 pitches in a very busy inning, with three walks, three strikeouts, and a run allowed. Chase Utley walked. Placido Polanco reached on a throwing error, when Mike Fontenot threw wide of Aubrey Huff at first. Ryan Howard walked. And with the bases loaded, Jimmy Rollins walked on a borderline 3-1 fastball down an in, putting the Phillies on top.

It was a close call that easily could've gone the other way, but Sanchez was wild all inning, and Dan Iassonga wasn't about to give him anything debatable. The good news for the Giants is that it could've been a lot worse. Despite all the labor, it's only a one-run game.

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