The San Francisco Giants are on the verge of pulling off a major upset in the National League Championship Series.
They lead the defending league champion Philadelphia Phillies 3 games to 1 after last night’s ninth-inning victory.
If they win tonight, or any of the last three games they go to the World Series for the first time since 2002. Juan Uribe’s sacrifice fly in the bottom of the ninth inning off the Phillies Roy Oswalt scored Aubrey Huff to give the Giants a 6-5 victory last night.
Baseball followers are questioning why Phillies manager Charlie Manuel decided to use Oswalt, a starting pitcher, in a relief role. The series resumes tonight in San Francisco with a battle of ace pitchers, Roy Halladay for the Phillies and Tim Lincecum for the Giants.
If the Phillies win, the series moves back to Philadelphia, for game 6 on Saturday and a potential game 7 on Sunday. The winner of this series will play the Texas Rangers or New York Yankees in the World Series, starting next Wednesday.
An update from the CNN newsdesk in London on the stories we're following on Thursday:
France strike - Some 200 demonstrators blocked France's Marseille-Provence airport for more than three hours Thursday as strikes and protests continued across the country. The action comes ahead of a final vote on the country's Pension Reform Bill. Pop star Lady Gaga postponed two Paris shows this weekend because of "the logistical difficulties due to the strikes," her website said.
Sudan report angers China - China has deemed “inappropriate” a U.N. report suggesting that Chinese bullets were used in attacks on peacekeeping troops in Darfur.