Posted by: Jeremy | October 22, 2010

Doc fights off groin injury, keeps Phillies afloat

Doc gutted his way through six innings, keeping Philly's season alive

All Roy Halladay does is pitch no-hitters and kick groin injuries in the groin. With his Phillies on their last leg, Doc went out on one good leg of his own last night and tossed six strong innings to keep his team’s season alive, beating Tiny Timmy Lincecum and the Giants 4-2 to send the series back to Philadelphia.

Halladay, who pulled his right groin in the second inning and stayed loose by riding a stationary bike in an AT&T Park utility room, gutted his way through 108 pitches, giving up single runs in the first and fourth, with the latter coming around on an RBI double by nemesis Cody Ross, who Doc managed to strike out in his other two plate appearances. It wasn’t exactly vintage Halladay — he gave up six hits and walked a pair — but it was enough to beat one of the league’s best pitchers in the biggest game of his career.

The Philly bats, meanwhile, got everything they needed off Lincecum and a shaky Giants’ defense in the third. Raul Ibanez singled to start the inning, Carlos Ruiz was hit by a pitch and Halladay laid down a sac bunt to leave both in scoring position for Shane Victorino, whose chopper got through San Francisco first baseman Aubrey Huff, allowing both runners to score to hand the Phillies the lead. Placido Polanco followed with a single to left to plate Victorino, making it 3-1.

Aside from the third, Lincecum was great — he went seven innings and gave up just four hits and a walk, with one of his three runs unearned as a result of Huff’s error. The Phillies tacked on their final run in the ninth of a Jayson Werth homer off Ramon Ramirez, and Brad Lidge came on to retire the Giants in the bottom half to grab the save.

So, new life in Philadelphia, much like with the Yankees after their win in Game 5 of the ALCS on Thursday. I’ve still got Texas and San Francisco moving on, but will admit it’s pretty, pretty, pretty far from a sure thing. To quote my friend Tim Bentum, “Let’s see what happens!”.

After a travel day yesterday, the Yankees and Rangers are in Arlington tonight for Game 6, with Colby Lewis (12-13, 3.72 and 1-0, 1.69 in the playoffs) looking to hold off Phil Hughes (18-8, 4.19 and 1-1, 5.73) and get Texas to its first World Series in franchise history. If New York wins, Cliff Lee is waiting in the wings for Game 7, which would be set for Saturday night.

As for the Phillies and Giants, they’re on their way to Philadelphia for Game 6, which goes Saturday at 3:57. Roy Oswalt (13-13, 2.76 and 1-1, 3.29), who was untouchable in Game 2 but picked up the loss in relief Thursday, goes for the Phillies against Jonathan Sanchez (13-9, 3.07 and 0-1, 2.03).



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