One. Win. Away.
I don’t know about you, but I’m still shaking right now from that game. Writing this post is a struggle based solely on the fact that I can barely keep my hands still enough to type, but for all of you, I will power through until I pass out from the stress. For those of you who’ve been living underground, THE GIANTS ARE ONE WIN AWAY FROM THE WORLD SERIES. Seriously. This is really happening. This is not a mirage. Philadelphia’s storied “H20″ rotation have now all lost a game thanks to Juan Uribe’s walk-off sacrifice fly off of Roy Oswalt that saw Aubrey Huff storm home for the victory.
If someone were to call this game a rollercoaster of emotional turmoil filled with both soul-shattering heartbreak and transcendent joy, that would probably be an understatement. After the Giants went up 2-0 early on Joe Blanton with Madison Bumgarner pitching a gem, things felt relaxed. Then the Phillies scored a run (heartbreak!) followed by Aaron Rowand making a perfect throw to gun down the trail runner at the play (joy!). Then Placido Polanco doubled to put the Phillies on top (heartbreak!).
Then the Ku Fu Panda decided to arrive to the postseason in style with a two-run go-ahead double (joy!). Then Jayson Werth hit a game-tying double off of Sergio Romo that silenced the crowd for instant (heartbreak!). Then Roy Oswalt, the vanquisher of Giants hitters from Game 2 came out to pitch the 9th (potential heartbreak!). But then Buster Posey happened. Aubrey Huff happened. Juan Uribe happened. Complete unadulterated joy happened.
Now we go into Game 5 at home up 3-1 as pundits around the country are forced to eat their words. Juan Uribe, Buster Posey, Matt Cain, Cody Ross, and Tim Lincecum would kindly like to tell you where to put your “Phillies in 5″ predictions good sir.
All jubilation aside, we still need to win one more game. One. More. Game. Tim Lincecum is the man we’re sending to the hill to do it, but the Phillies champion Roy Halladay will oppose him. Round 2 of the heavyweight brawl of first class pitching talent goes down tomorrow evening in San Francisco. Timmy will look to send the Giants to their first World Series since 2002. Halladay will look to send the series back to Philadelphia. To all Giants fans in Seattle reading this, I encourage you to come out to Auto Battery. Game 1 saw the biggest pro-Giants crowd we’ve ever had; let’s do better than that.