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


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


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.