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The San Francisco Giants came into Citizens Bank Park this weekend to take two of three games against the Phillies, giving Philadelphia fans unwanted flashbacks of the 2010 NLCS series.
The weekend series started off with Jerome Williams on the hill for the Phillies facing off against familiar foe, Tim Lincecum. Philadelphia jumped off to a quick 2-0 lead thanks to Ryan Howard’s two-run home run, his 11th of the season. The Giants fought right back with a solo home run from Giants third baseman, Matt Duffy. The Giants eventually took a 4-3 lead, running Williams out of the game while only pitching 4.1 innings. Maikel Franco continued his streak of clutch hitting by tying the game in the sixth with his fifth home run of the year. The game did not remain tied much longer as Phillies reliever Luis Garcia gave up the lead in the seventh inning and the Giants would not let that lead go, winning the game 5-4.
Severino Gonzalez took the mound for Philadelphia on Saturday against San Francisco’s Madison Bumgarner. Gonzalez only lasted 2.2 innings pitched as the Giants took an early 6-0 lead. Phillies Jeff Francoeur took matters into his own hands in the fourth inning by hitting his fourth home run this season, a grand slam to bring the Phillies back to within two runs. Unfortunately the grand slam was not enough. The Giants eventually tact on one more run off of the Phillies bullpen, winning the game 7-5.
The Phillies were able to salvage a game in this series on Sunday, as they took down the Giants 6-4. Philadelphia starter Sean O’Sullivan pitched strong in a no-decision against the Giants. O’Sullivan lasted six innings while giving up three runs. The game remained tied 3-3 until the seventh inning when pinch hitter Jeff Francoeur notched a two-run double against Giants starter Ryan Vogelsong. Franco continued his hot hitting this season by giving the Phillies an insurance run with his second home run of the weekend. While the ninth inning was not as smooth as it could have been, Philadelphia closer Jonathan Papelbon came in to record his 12th save in as many chances this season.
The Phillies hit the road as they begin a three-game series in Cincinnati against the Reds. First pitch of game one is tomorrow at 7:10 PM EST.