Cole Hamels pitched a seven-hitter for his first win in two weeks and the Philadelphia Phillies won their season-high ninth in a row, beating the San Francisco Giants 2-1 Saturday.
Philadelphia goalkeeper Faryd Mondragon recorded his sixth shutout of the season, while San Jose’s Jon Busch had his fifth as the Union and Earthquakes played to a 0-0 draw Saturday night.
The San Francisco Giants were one win away from knocking off the two-time National League champion Philadelphia Phillies and advancing to the World Series.
Even though the San Francisco Giants clinched their first World Series berth since 2002 on the road in Philadelphia Saturday evening, much of the city of San Francisco erupted in cheers while watching TV as the Giants defeated the Phillies to claim the NLCS.
It’s World Series or bust in Philadelphia. Nothing less is acceptable in a city that’s become spoiled by its baseball team’s success.