The San Francisco Giants defeated the Philadelphia Phillies 3-2 in Game 6 of the National League Championship Series to win the NL pennant and will face the Texas Rangers in the 2010 World Series beginning Wednesday.
The benches cleared after Giants starter Jonathan Sanchez hit Chase Utley in the back with a pitch. Sanchez hit Utley with a pitch when the Phillies and Giants met last August so there's history between the two. Giants skipper Bruce Bochy took Sanchez out of the game after the dust cleared and the bullpen proceeded to pitch seven scoreless innings.
The Giants went ahead in the top of the 8th inning on a solo homerun by Jose Uribe. In Game 4, Uribe had a game winning sacrifice fly.
Cody Ross was named NLCS MVP. Ross went 7 for 20 (.350) with 3 homeruns and 5 RBI. In late August, Ross was put on waivers by the Florida Marlins and the Giants picked him up. Interestingly, Ross didn't become an everyday player until they left Jose Guillen (himself a late season acquisition) off the roster due to a neck injury. It proved to be money well spent.
This will be the Giants first World Series appearance since 2002. The Giants have not won a World Series since 1954 when they still played in New York.
Kudos to John Quayle. He predicted a Rangers-Giants World Series. Quayle thinks the Giants in seven. I'll let everyone know my thoughts on Wednesday.