Cody Ross can hit homers every time he bats, but it doesn’t necessarily mean the Giants are gonna win. The man that terrorized Doc Halladay on Saturday got to Roy Jr. Oswalt in the fifth to tie last night’s Game 2, but a late Philly rally was able to put away a 6-1 win to even the series.
Ross’s homer — his fourth in his last three games dating back to Game 4 against Atlanta — was the only blemish in a masterful eight inning performance by Oswalt, who allowed just three hits and struck out nine Giants. Jonathan Sanchez shook off a bases-loaded walk in the first to string together a quality start for San Fran, but a Placido Polanco sac fly in the bottom of the fifth was enough to provide the difference. The Phillies tacked on four more in the seventh, with a Jimmy Rollins two-out, bases-loaded double off Santiago Casilla doing most of the damage.
The Philly win evens things at a game apiece, which is right where any baseball fan without a huge rooting allegiance would want it to stand. Count me in with that group, because my team hasn’t been in the postseason since 1993. With the series shifting back to California, Game 3 goes tomorrow at 4:19, with Matt Cain and Cole Hamels jousting.
In the American League, the Rangers and Yankees are back at it tonight in the Bronx, with Cliff Lee and Little Andrew Pettitte getting it started at 8:07.