Chad Durbin's carelessness and the Giants' clutch hitting have put the Phillies' backs against the wall.
Beerleaguer: Lead-off walk to Burrell and a middle-in fastball to Cody Ross. Durbin gets what he deserves on the Sandoval two-run double. There's simply no room for that kind of failure in the postseason. Nobody said it was easy, to be handed something so precious as a one-run lead when Durbin hadn't pitched in forever. But it's not supposed to be easy. This attrocity falls at the feet of the bullpen, which included Roy Oswalt tonight. It should have worked. Why didn't it work? For starters, Oswalt was overthrowing. I couldn't get a read on what he was trying to do, but the Giants seemed to know. Credit Buster Posey with maturity beyond his years. Posey's single in the ninth set up Juan Uribe's game-winning sac fly. Besides that, Posey delivered a pair of two-out RBIs earlier in the game. The Giants' third run also came with two outs when Aubrey Huff chased Joe Blanton after 4 2-3 innings. The Giants look like they've done this 1,000 times: big hits, hits to the opposite field, all night long.
Careless pitching. Carelessness throughout. Carelessness, like waving home Carlos Ruiz with one out in the fifth. Carelessness, like Shane Victorino failing to move up to second on the play; to Vic's delight, Placido Polanco made it moot. Carelessness everywhere. Carelessness and head-hanging. Chase Utley has head-hanging down to a science.
It should have worked. They always finish on the right side of a crazy game like this; the Phillies previously cashed in on plays like Chooch's laserbeam throw, Howard's tremendous lead-off double, Werth's follow-up knock and feel-good weirdness like turning Oswalt into essentially a closer on two days rest.
Tomorrow we find out if the Phillies still float with the same buoyancy, or if this is the end of Phillies baseball as we know it.