History favors San Francisco. Of the 30 previous teams to take a 3-1 lead since the LCS went to a best-of-seven format in 1985, 24 have gone to the World Series. The last team to come back from that deficit in the NL was the 2003 Marlins against the Cubs. The last team to do it in the AL was the '07 Red Sox over the Indians. So there is indeed precedence.But the Giants can review their own history. They had a 3-2 lead over the Cardinals in the 1987 NLCS after playing the middle three games at Candlestick Park. Despite winning Game 5, they lost the final two games and the series at old Busch Stadium. So they may only have a figurative upper hand this time around. Tim Lincecum, who lost to a hobbled Roy Halladay on Thursday, said the team still believes in itself. After all, Lincecum defeated Halladay, 4-3, in Game 1 on the road. Thus, the Giants know they are capable of winning in their opponent's home yard under enormous pressure. "As far as confidence goes, we have tons of it in here," Lincecum said. "We just want to get that win. All we need is one out of two." The Phillies, of course, have to win two. This is their ninth playoff series in the past three years. Even last fall, when they fell behind, 3-1, to the Yankees in the World Series, they won Game 5 at home, sending the series back to Yankee Stadium. There, they lost. "We did what we had to do and we're going home," said reliever Ryan Madson, who pitched a lights-out eighth inning in Game 5, striking out the side. "Hopefully on Saturday we'll do it again."
Sat, 10/23 7:30 PM ET
SF wins on Juan swing; Philly KO'd, looking
For the first time in eight years, the Giants are in the World Series, with the key blow a go-ahead homer by Juan Uribe in the eighth. The relief corps -- including Tim Lincecum -- was great over seven shutout innings.
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|Wilson, Br, P||1||0||0||0||0||0||3||.000|
|Ross, C, RF-LF||4||0||1||0||0||0||1||.350|
|Sanchez, J, P||1||1||1||0||0||0||0||.333|
|Lopez, Ja, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
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1-Ran for Polanco in the 9th.
2B: Ross, C (3, Oswalt), Sanchez, F (1, Madson).
HR: Uribe (1, 8th inning off Madson, 0 on, 2 out).
TB: Torres 3; Sanchez, F 4; Huff; Burrell; Ross, C 2; Uribe 5; Sanchez, J; Fontenot.
RBI: Huff (3), Uribe (3).
2-out RBI: Uribe.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Posey 2; Wilson, Br 2.
SAC: Sanchez, F.
GIDP: Ross, C; Renteria.
Team RISP: 1-for-8.
Team LOB: 11.
2B: Utley (1, Sanchez, J), Howard (4, Bumgarner), Ibanez (1, Bumgarner).
TB: Rollins; Utley 2; Howard 3; Victorino 2; Ibanez 3.
RBI: Utley (1), Werth (5).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Ibanez; Victorino 3; Rollins; Howard.
Team RISP: 2-for-11.
Team LOB: 11.
E: Polanco (1, throw).
Outfield assists: Victorino (Torres at home).
DP: 2 (Polanco-Utley-Howard, Utley-Howard).
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|Wilson, Br(S, 3)||1.2||0||0||0||2||1||0||0.00|
WP: Sanchez, J.
IBB: Werth (by Bumgarner), Huff (by Madson), Posey (by Lidge).
HBP: Utley (by Sanchez, J), Uribe (by Oswalt).
Pitches-strikes: Sanchez, J 50-24, Affeldt 26-17, Bumgarner 26-14, Lopez, Ja 12-8, Lincecum 16-11, Wilson, Br 26-12, Oswalt 99-71, Madson 32-18, Lidge 17-10.
Groundouts-flyouts: Sanchez, J 3-1, Affeldt 2-2, Bumgarner 2-3, Lopez, Ja 1-1, Lincecum 0-0, Wilson, Br 2-0, Oswalt 4-5, Madson 2-1, Lidge 1-0.
Batters faced: Sanchez, J 12, Affeldt 6, Bumgarner 10, Lopez, Ja 3, Lincecum 3, Wilson, Br 6, Oswalt 26, Madson 9, Lidge 6.
Inherited runners-scored: Affeldt 2-0, Wilson, Br 2-0.
Umpires: HP: Tom Hallion. 1B: Derryl Cousins. 2B: Dan Iassogna. 3B: Ted Barrett. LF: Wally Bell. RF: Jeff Nelson.
Weather: 61 degrees, clear.
Wind: 6 mph, Out to CF.
Compiled by MLB Advanced Media