NLCS, Game 1 / Key Moments


Giants 3rd:
Cody Ross, who
drove in the winning run in two NL Division Series games, homered
in his first career NLCS game, hitting a 1-1 sinker over the wall
in left. It was the first hit in the offseason off Roy Halladay,
ruining any possibility that he’d pull a Johnny Vander Meer with a
second consecutive no-hitter.

Phillies 3rd: Carlos Ruiz, considered by
teammates the Phillies’ MVP, homered on Tim Lincecum’s 2-0 fastball
to open the inning, an opposite-field shot to right. Homers by each
of the No. 8 hitters? First time it has happened in the same
postseason game since 2005 NLDS Game 4 Brad Ausmus and Brian
McCann. The inning ended when Lincecum struck out Ryan Howard with
runners at second and third.


Giants 5th:
Again with one out
and nobody on base. Again off a Halladay sinker. Ross went
deep.


Giants 6th:
Buster Posey hit a
two-out single to right. On a close pitch to Pat Burrell, Halladay
thought he had an inning-ending strikeout, but umpire Derryl
Cousins said no. Burrell followed with a double to deep left that
scored Posey and gave the
Giants a two-run edge. Wisely,
manager Bruce Bochy ran Nate Schierholtz for Burrell, and
Schierholtz scored on Juan Uribe’s single to center, making it
4-1.

Phillies 6th: Lincecum’s 83rd pitch was shot
from a cannon by Jayson Werth for a two-run homer to right-center,
cutting the
Giants’ lead to one.

Phillies 8th: With the heart of the Philly
lineup due up, Bochy replaced Lincecum 113 pitches with Javier
Lopez, who retired lefty hitters Chase Utley and Howard, and then
summoned closer Brian Wilson for a four-out save. After Werth
singled, Wilson struck out Jimmy Rollins on a 95-mph fastball.

Phillies 9th: Wilson froze Raul Iba?ez on a
full-count heater, but Ruiz was hit by a pitch and went to first
representing the tying run. No issue for Wilson, who struck out
pinch-hitter Ross Gload and, after falling behind 3-0 to Shane
Victorino, fired a 96-mph fastball for a swinging strike three.