SAN FRANCISCO - OCTOBER 20: The San Francisco Giants celebrate after a sacrifice fly by Juan Uribe #5 scored Aubrey Huff #17 to win the game 6-5 over the Philadelphia Phillies in Game Four of the NLCS during the 2010 MLB Playoffs at AT&T Park on October 20 2010 in San Francisco California. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

NLCS Game 4: Giants One Win From World Series Following Uribe's Walk-Off Sac Fly

Juan Uribe lifted a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the ninth to give the Giants a walk-off 6-5 win over the Phillies, moving San Francisco to a three games to one lead in the NLCS. Check out more at The Good Phight and McCovey Chronicles.

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Juan Uribe Walk-Off Sac Fly Gives Giants 6-5 Win Over Phillies In NLCS Game 4

After injuring his wrist in the first game of the series, Juan Uribe has dealt with lingering pain that led to his being left out of Game 4's starting lineup. And yet, in the end, he was the player to make the biggest difference.

Juan Uribe lifted a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the ninth to give the Giants a walk-off 6-5 win over the Phillies, moving San Francisco to a three games to one lead in the NLCS.

Game 4 was a matchup of fourth starters, and it played out like one, as neither Philadelphia's Joe Blanton nor San Francisco's Madison Bumgarner lasted into the sixth inning. Both starters wound up working 4.2 frames, ultimately turning this one into a battle of the bullpens.

The Giants were able to get on the board in the first inning. Freddy Sanchez singled, moved to second on a wild pitch, moved to third on another wild pitch, and scored on a base hit by Buster Posey. That gave Bumgarner a very narrow edge to work with.

And he worked with it, keeping the Phillies scoreless into the third, when the Giants were able to add another run. This one also came off the bat of Posey, as the rookie backstop doubled home Aubrey Huff with two outs.

The score would remain 2-0 Giants into the top of the fifth, when Bumgarner got himself into some hot water. Consecutive singles put two on with none out, and after Blanton bunted the runners over, Shane Victorino sent a single up the middle. A strong throw by Aaron Rowand and a great pick by Posey gunned down one of the runners, but the other one scored, cutting a two-run deficit in half.

Bumgarner then allowed another single, and at that point, Bruce Bochy decided the safest course of action would be to go to the bullpen. In came Santiago Casilla, and on Casilla's fifth pitch, Placido Polanco lined a double into center field that scored both runners and gave the Phillies a 3-2 lead.

The inning would only get worse for Casilla, as a walk, a hit batter, and a wild pitch gave the Phillies another run. It was a 4-2 game going into the bottom of the fifth.

The Giants managed to get one of the runs back, when Huff singled home Andres Torres from second. It was at that point that Charlie Manuel removed his starter and went to the bullpen, and Jose Contreras was able to end the inning with a strikeout.

But the Giants grabbed the lead an inning later. After Pat Burrell led off with a walk against Chad Durbin and Cody Ross doubled, Pablo Sandoval stepped to the plate and ripped a line drive down the right field line. The ball appeared to graze the line, but the umpires ruled it a foul. Just a few pitches later, though, Sandoval straightened the ball out and send a screamer into the left-center gap that went for extra bases. Both Burrell and Ross came around to score, and the Giants went ahead 5-4.

The lead would hold up into the eighth. After Sandoval grounded into a double play with the bases loaded in the bottom of the seventh, the Phillies seized an opportunity to get back in the game. Ryan Howard led off with a double, and Jayson Werth followed with a double of his own off reliever Sergio Romo to knot the score at five. The Phillies had new life, and the Giants had a lot of regret.

Werth would end up stranded at second. And there would be no more scoring until the bottom of the ninth, after good work was turned in by Ryan Madson and Brian Wilson.

The bottom of the ninth brought us Roy Oswalt out of the Phillies bullpen. Oswalt - who started on Sunday, and is scheduled to start again on Saturday - was selected over Brad Lidge, who was also warm. But Oswalt immediately allowed a lineout by Freddy Sanchez, and Huff followed by grounding a single into right field.

That brought Posey to the plate, and Posey slashed a single the other way. The ball approached the track and was cut off by a sliding Werth, but the Giants wound up with runners on the corners and one out.

Up came Juan Uribe, who had entered the game in the top of the ninth. Oswalt buzzed Uribe with an inside fastball that led to a disputed foul ball call. Uribe insisted that the ball hit his hand, while the umpire insisted that it hit the knob of his bat.

Uribe lost the argument and stayed in the batter's box, but he wound up winning the game just a few pitches later. Oswalt threw a low changeup on 2-2, and Uribe went down and lifted a fly ball into left field. Ben Francisco was able to make the catch, but he had no chance of throwing out Huff at home plate, and the Giants had a walk-off sacrifice fly.

The win went to Brian Wilson, who worked a perfect ninth inning. Oswalt got stuck with the loss.

So the Giants have taken a three games to one lead in the NLCS, and they will have a chance to close it out on home field Thursday night. They'll send staff ace Tim Lincecum to the mound opposite Philadelphia's ace Roy Halladay in a matchup of Game 1.


Phillies Vs. Giants, NLCS Game 4: Juan Uribe Drives In Winning Run On Sac Fly

After Brian Wilson threw a perfect top of the ninth, the Phillies sent Roy Oswalt out to the mound in relief in an effort to send this game to extra innings. But either Oswalt didn't quite have it, or the Giants just didn't feel like playing extras, because there will be no tenth inning.

Freddy Sanchez made solid contact but lined out to lead off. He was followed by Aubrey Huff, who grounded a ball just past a diving Ryan Howard at first base for a single. That brought up Buster Posey, who slashed a long single into right field to put runners on the corners with one out.

Up came Juan Uribe, who didn't start the game due to concerns about his wrist. Uribe whiffed at a high fastball to start, but worked his way to a 2-2 count, and then Oswalt threw him a low changeup, which Uribe lifted into deep left field. Ben Francisco made the catch, but had no chance to throw out a tagging-up Huff, who scored the winning run and brought his teammates pouring out of the dugout.

The NLCS is now three games to one, in favor of San Francisco. The Giants will look to close it out on Thursday, with Tim Lincecum opposing Roy Halladay.


Phillies Vs. Giants, NLDS Game 4: Jayson Werth Double Drives In Tying Run

Immediately, the Giants begin to regret not cashing in on a glorious opportunity to add on in the seventh.

Up 5-4 in the top of the eighth, Javier Lopez allowed a double to left-center by Ryan Howard to leadoff. Lopez was replaced by Sergio Romo out of the bullpen, but Romo's third pitch was a low-inside slider to Jayson Werth that Werth ripped into left field for a double of his own. That base hit scored Howard from second and tied the game up at 5.

Suddenly, the Phillies were in position to take the lead. However, it was at that point that Romo beared down. After getting Jimmy Rollins to pop up, Romo struck out Ben Francisco and Carlos Ruiz on six consecutive sliders. That ended the inning and limited the damage, keeping it 5-5.

Nate Schierholtz will lead off for the Giants in the bottom of the eighth against Ryan Madson. Brian Wilson is warming in the Giants bullpen, and will probably pitch the ninth.


Phillies Vs. Giants, NLCS Game 4: Pablo Sandoval Smacks Two-Run, Lead-Changing Double

Behind just 4-3, the Giants got the inning they needed from Santiago Casilla in the top of the sixth. Casilla made quick work in slicing through the Phillies 1-2-3, including a strikeout of Carlos Ruiz.

That sent us to the bottom half, where the Giants were able to continue the rally they'd started an inning earlier and take the lead back. Righty Chad Durbin came in out of the Phillies bullpen. He issued a leadoff walk to Pat Burrell, and then, after getting ahead of Cody Ross 1-2, allowed a double to left that put runners on second and third with nobody out.

Pablo Sandoval stepped up to the plate, and he stepped up hacking. On the first pitch, Sandoval ripped a line drive down the right field line, but the umpires decided it was a foul ball. You can be the judge:


Replays appeared to show that the ball barely clipped the line, which would make it fair. That stood as a potentially critical missed call, but Sandoval made up for it just four pitches later, when he split the outfield with a line drive to left-center. Shane Victorino took a bad angle and wound up chasing the ball to the wall, and Burrell and Ross were able to score with ease on Sandoval's two-run double.

That put the Giants in front 5-4. Unfortunately for them, they would strand Sandoval where he was, as Travis Ishikawa struck out and two hitters popped out. But they'll be thrilled to have the lead, and they're now nine outs away from getting in front of the Phillies three games to one in the NLCS.

Javier Lopez is on out of the San Francisco bullpen to work the seventh.


Phillies Vs. Giants, NLCS Game 4: Aubrey Huff Drives Joe Blanton From Game

The Giants absorbed a disheartening top of the fifth, but the bottom half has seen them get right back into the game. Andres Torres - just inserted into the game minutes earlier as part of a double switch - led off by drawing a five-pitch walk. He would advance to second on a groundout.

Freddy Sanchez came up and scorched a ball into center, but it was hit right to Shane Victorino for the second out. However, Aubrey Huff got a low 0-1 fastball from Joe Blanton and sent it right back up the middle. The base hit scooted all the way to Victorino, who came up throwing, but Torres was able to beat the play at the plate, and the Giants have trimmed the game to 4-3.

Charlie Manuel decided that was enough, and removed Blanton in favor of Jose Contreras. Blanton's night:

4.2 innings
5 hits
3 runs (so far)
1 walk
3 strikeouts
63 pitches (45 strikes)

This has turned into a battle of the bullpens.


Phillies Vs. Giants, NLCS Game 4: Santiago Casilla Has A Nightmare Appearance

Inheriting a two-on, two-out situation from Madison Bumgarner, all Santiago Casilla had to do was get one more out. One more out, and the Giants would've gone into the bottom of the fifth on top 2-1.

It didn't go that way. The first batter Casilla faced was Placido Polanco, and on a 2-2 pitch, Polanco split the outfielders by sending a ball to the left-center gap. The double scored both Shane Victorino and Chase Utley, giving the Phillies a 3-2 lead.

The next batter was Ryan Howard, and the Giants decided to issue an intentional walk to get to a righty, but then Casilla clipped Jayson Werth's jersey with an inside pitch to load the bases. And with the bases loaded, Casilla uncorked a wild pitch that scored another run and allowed everyone to move up.

Jimmy Rollins would end up striking out and ending the inning there, but the Phillies struck for four, and have a 4-2 lead at the halfway point.


Phillies Vs. Giants, NLCS Game 4: Madison Bumgarner Pulled In Fifth

The Phillies have made a game of this now. After falling behind 2-0 in the first four innings, the Phillies came out swinging in the fifth. Ben Francisco led off with a base hit up the middle. Carlos Ruiz followed with a line drive single to right. Joe Blanton then bunted the runners over to 2nd and 3rd, bringing Shane Victorino to the plate with one down and the tying run in scoring position.

And Victorino was able to come through with a base hit to center. The single scored Francisco from third, but Ruiz was thrown out by Aaron Rowand when Buster Posey made a phenomenal catch. Rowand's throw home was right on target, but it short-hopped the catcher. Posey, though, made a perfect grab and tag of the charging Ruiz, keeping the Giants in front 2-1.

It was a celebratory moment for Bumgarner and the stadium, but when Chase Utley came up next and ripped a line drive single, Bruce Bochy decided that he'd seen enough and came out to get Bumgarner from the mound. Santiago Casilla is now in out of the Giants bullpen to try and work out of a two-out jam.

Bumgarner's day:

4.2 innings
6 hits
1 run (so far)
1 walk
6 strikeouts
85 pitches (53 strikes)

Also in the game: Andres Torres, replacing Aaron Rowand as part of a double switch. This being the fifth inning, these moves are being made early, but it's never too early to play for the win in the playoffs.


Phillies Vs. Giants, NLCS Game 4: Buster Posey Adds Insurance With RBI Double

After Madison Bumgarner worked a scoreless second, the Giants weren't able to add to their lead, wasting a leadoff runner when Cody Ross was hit in the elbow by an inside pitch from Joe Blanton. Ross wound up stranded at second base after consecutive strikeouts.

Bumgarner then came out in the third and went 1-2-3 on the Phillies, striking out Carlos Ruiz, striking out Joe Blanton, and getting Shane Victorino to ground out. Since a shaky first, Bumgarner has thrown 27 pitches, with 19 strikes, and he's allowed just one runner.

And in the bottom of the third, the Giants were able to double their lead. The first two hitters made outs, putting Blanton in a good position, but Aubrey Huff lined a two-out single to right, bringing Buster Posey to the plate. And on a 1-1 pitch, Posey drilled a low inside changeup over the head of Ben Francisco in left, scoring Huff all the way from first base.

It was the second RBI of the game for Posey, and the Giants now head to the fourth up 2-0.


Phillies Vs. Giants, NLCS Game 4: Buster Posey Finds Early RBI

Madison Bumgarner came out and had an effective, if shaky, top of the first. He threw only eight strikes out of 17 pitches, and beaned Placido Polanco on a 2-1 count, but he struck Ryan Howard out swinging to end the inning and keep the Phillies scoreless.

That took us into the bottom half, where the Giants were able to get out to a quick 1-0 lead. Freddy Sanchez grounded a one-out single into left field. He then advanced to second on a Joe Blanton wild pitch, and after a strikeout, he advanced to third on another Joe Blanton wild pitch.

Blanton only needed to retire Buster Posey to end the inning, but Posey was able to stay back on a two-strike offspeed pitch over the outer half, and he hit a grounder back up the middle and into center field for an RBI single. It was Posey's first RBI of the playoffs, and it came at a good time.

Bumgarner's going out for the second now armed with a lead.

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