The Sorority Girl From The Sidelines: Huff's Error Leads To Tough Game 5 Loss
My name is Kristen Rodgers and I’m currently a freshman Broadcast Journalism student at USC. I’m also a Delta Gamma and life long sports nut here to give you the highlights and updates on all things sports.
More or less, I’m just a Sorority Girl from the Sidelines.
Put that champagne back on ice, Giants. It’s not over yet (much to my dismay). The Phillies pulled out a 4-2 win on Thursday, which will take both teams back to Philadelphia for Game 6.
Roy Halladay and the rest of the Phillies' pitching staff (yes, I’m talking about you, Ryan Madson and Brad Lidge) outshined Tim Lincecum, clinching the Phillies’ win. But they did have a couple of bumps in the road. Halladay already had 43 pitches under his belt by the end of the second inning and he was playing with an injured groin muscle. If I threw that many balls, I wouldn’t be able to type this up, but Halladay stayed through like a trooper to stop the Giants.
My men in orange and black went up 1-0 in the first inning thanks to my all-time favorite rookie Buster Posey. Lucky number 28 hit a beautiful grounder into a fielder’s choice to second, allowing Andres Torres to score and the fans to go wild.
Sadly, the fans sat back down during the top of the third inning. After an error by Aubrey Huff, Raul Ibanez and Carlos Ruiz were able to score, giving the Phillies a 2-1 lead. Huff’s error was pretty random—the hit from Shane Victorino took a bizarre bounce off of Huff’s glove, sending it flying behind second base and sending two Phillies to home plate.
Sadly, that wasn’t all for the third inning. Placido Polanco singled to left center, sending Victorino (and ultimately the rest of the Phillies) home.
My favorite postseason player Cody “The Boss” Ross was able to narrow the gap to 3-2 with a down-right awesome double to right driving Pat “The Bat” Burrell home. Ross, you’re money.
Jayson Werth proved himself tonight, however, and gave the Phillies a little extra “oomph” by homering to right in the ninth inning and pretty much guaranteeing the Phillies at least one more game. And, fun fact, because the wind doesn't blow that way and because the wall is high, there have only been 32 runs to right field by right handed hitters in the history of AT&T Park. So congrats, Werth!
If only the Giants’ defense had been a little bit stronger it would have been a better game. Huff with his error, Sandoval with his missed jab and tag at third base in the third inning, they need to step it up Saturday in Philly if they want to qualify to win their first World Series since moving out West (that was in 1954, mind you).
For all of you who watch these games, you see the signs that fans bring with them. I would like to dedicate this article to the man who made the “Posey for President” sign. Not only was it beautifully decorated, it also made me want to sign up as Buster’s campaign manager.
The light rain Thursday night helped wash away some Giants fans’ teary eyes. Now the job gets harder. Game 6 will be back in Philadelphia (in that little league park, no offense Phillies fans) and like the rest of these games it is sure to be a roller coaster. The boys in blue and red will try to become the 12th team to rally from a 3-1 deficit in a best-of-seven series, while those in orange and black will just try to win one of two games to continue on.
Wishing I could see my president (Posey that is) tomorrow, the Sorority Girl from the Sidelines.
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