SAN FRANCISCO - The castoff comes through with another big hit, the rookie delivers again. The slumping slugger emerges at the right time, the guy too banged up to start comes through at the end.
It’s been that kind of season for the San Francisco Giants, now just one win away from the World Series.
Juan Uribe, sore left wrist and all, hit a sacrifice fly off reliever Roy Oswalt with one out in the ninth inning Wednesday, sending the Giants past the Philadelphia Phillies, 6-5, for a 3-1 lead in the National League Championship Series.
“It seems like all the baseball talk is all East Coast,” said Aubrey Huff, who slid home with the winner. “Everybody watching tonight saw exactly how we’ve played all year.”
Boosted by yet another big hit from late-season pickup Cody Ross, four hits and two RBI from rookie Buster Posey and a timely double from struggling Pablo Sandoval, the Giants pushed the two-time defending NL champion Phillies to the brink of elimination.
Philadelphia will send Roy Halladay against Tim Lincecum in Game 5 tonight. It’s a rematch of aces that Lincecum won in the opener.
Uribe left his mark on this NLCS in a matter of moments – a great play with his glove, then one swing to win it.
Huff singled with one out in the ninth and took third when Posey singled for his fourth hit of the game. Uribe hit a medium-deep fly, leaving left fielder Ben Francisco with no chance to get Huff.
“Who doesn’t want to play now? I want to be here,” Uribe said. “In that moment, everybody knew my wrist was hurting a little bit. I was trying to hit the ball deep enough to get the run home and for us to win the game.”
Going to Oswalt – one of the majors’ top starters – to begin the ninth backed manager Charlie Manuel’s words this was his club’s biggest game yet this year. Now, it will be today.
Uribe entered at shortstop in the top of the ninth. He immediately picked up a hard one-hopper by pinch-hitter Ross Gload in the hole and made a strong throw while falling away for the out.
That started a 1-2-3 ninth for pitcher Brian Wilson.