Cody Ross again rises to the occasion in San Francisco - can we respect a hitter?
The San Francisco Giants are looking like they want this series more than the Phillies do.
In the sunny afternoon today at AT&T Park, the San Francisco Giants scored only 3 runs against the Phillies, but it was enough to give them a 2-1 edge in the NLCS.
The Phillies just couldn't get on track offensively, as they have done so many times when Cole Hamels has pitched this season. The opportunities were there, but no one at bat could convert hits to runs on this day.
Cody Ross, previously unknown to many, had another great game. I have always though Cody Ross was a very good player when he played for the Marlins, and someone to watch out for. Now, the whole country knows about him. It's not always about the player that is making a $15 million dollar per year salary in baseball, and that's a good thing sometimes. Ross had an RBI, in today's 3-0 shutout of the Phillies.
The Phils offense struggled to do a lot today. They find themselves in a 2-1 hole now in the series. Players that were counted on for offense have found themselves in a state where they aren't contributing anything. The total offense in Game 3 by all Phillies batters was 3 hits. Howard, Rollins, and Ruiz were the only batters to get a hit today in the city by the bay. The sense of urgency is just not there, and this series isn't just going to fall into the Phillies laps, they will have to go out there and earn it.
Here's an interesting article from MLB.com mentioning about the Phillies approach to batting in the series. I read it over, and it doesn't seem like it's strong enough from Greg Gross, Phillies hitting coach, no real worry from him even though the team is simply not hitting all that well.
Game 4 is just around the corner. Joe Blanton is said to be the starter for the Phillies. Game time for Wednesday night is 7:57 PM Eastern, or 4:57 PM in San Francisco of course the game is on Fox. The Phillies once again have to answer or start thinking about a lost series in the next game. They must remind themselves that the winner of this series goes ahead to the series that every player dreams of, and some never get the chance to see.