After Roy Halladay pulled his groin, he gutted it out and sent the Philadelphia Phillies home, giving them a chance for their third National League pennant.
Many of his teammates were unaware about his pain as Halladay did not show it. He outdueled Tim Lincecum and kept the Phillies upbeat by a 4-2 victory against San Francisco’s Giants on Thursday night. But later the Phillies had a 3-2 in the NL Championship Series. The winning team headed home on a redeye charter to celebrate on the weekend.
JeysonWerthhomer in the ninth game quieted the crowd and fans. Werth said he sensed something was wrong, indicating Halladay’s injury. He said the team still went out and played which showed the pain was minimal. But when he saw Halladay’s speed with the ball, he knew something was wrong.
Later, it was Halladay’s bunt that helped a three-run third inning by Shane Victorino. Victorino’s hard grounder hit the bottom of the glove of Huff while two runs were scored.
Halladay improved to 2-1, despite the injury, and he continued in the second inning.
Lincecum came out on top in the openers and led the team to a matchup of Cy Young Award winners. The Giants have to win once in two tries for the franchise’s fourth pennant. They have not been to the World Series since Barry Bonds led the team in 2002.
The Phillies are going to try to become the 12th team to rally in a best of seven from a 3-1 deficit.
It was during the fourth, fifth and sixth innings that the Giants could have made a possible tie. They failed to and made the games a maser clincher. This was a first since Game 7 of the 1962 World Series with the New York Yankees.