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Giants-Phillies NLCS Game 5: Phillies Take 3-1 Lead In Busy Third Inning

The Philadelphia Phillies jumped on Tim Lincecum for three runs in the top of the third inning through a combination of bad calls, poor play, and some solid hitting. Raul Ibanez hit a single into center field to get things going. Lincecum then hit catcher Carlos Ruiz when he had him down 0-2.

Then things got weird. Pitcher Roy Halladay came up intending to sacrifice, and at the end of the day that’s exactly what he did. Halladay dropped a bunt that appeared to hit to the left of home plate, which would seemingly make it a foul ball. It bounced on the plate and then bounced to the right side of home, at which point Buster Posey grabbed it and fired to third. The home plate ump called the ball fair and Posey’s throw pulled Pablo Sandoval off the bag, so Ibanez was safe at third. However, amidst all this, Halladay thought the ball was foul and had not left the batter’s box. Once he realized what was going on and took for first, Sandoval had fired across the diamond for the out.

Shane Victorino then came up and hit a grounder to first, which hit off Aubrey Huff’s glove and kicked into center. Two runs scored and the Phillies had a 2-1 lead. Placido Polanco followed that up with a single to score Victorino making it 3-1 Phillies.

Lincecum gave up a single to Placido Polanco and then followed that up with a strikeout of Ryan Howard for out #2. He forced Jayson Werth to fly out to left to end the inning and stop the bleeding. Halladay now heads out to pitch with a 3-1 lead.

Head on over to McCovey Chronicles to enjoy the in-game discussion.