10/18/10 12:33 AM ET
Phillies try to find way to stop Giants' Ross
By Todd Zolecki / MLB.com
Ross' homers in Game 1 of the National League Championship Series helped the Giants to a 4-3 victory over the Phils. It was an unbelievable game against an incredible pitcher, but when Ross broke up Roy Oswalt's no-hit bid Sunday with a fifth-inning home run in Game 2 at Citizens Bank Park, the question had to be asked:
What must Philadelphia do to stop Ross?
"We've got to make better pitches," pitching coach Rich Dubee said. "Give him credit. He's hit them. But we haven't made good pitches to him, either."
Said Oswalt: "Don't throw it down and in. The last three balls that he hits are in the same exact spot. Just bad pitches.
"I mean, I was throwing it right into his bat, pretty much. If you can make your pitches, you are going to do well. But if you miss down and in, that's pretty much where he's hitting them."
Oswalt threw high and tight to Ross in his first at-bat in the second inning, but Ross walked and then homered in his next at-bat. He flied out to the deepest part of Citizens Bank Park in center in the seventh before Ryan Madson struck him out looking in the ninth. Ross has hit 16 career home runs against the Phillies, including the postseason. It is the most he has hit against any team.
"Roy moved his feet one time, and the next time, he went up he hit one out," Dubee said. "He's feeling pretty good at the plate. It's a matter of us executing. We've got to command, change speeds and do what we do against everybody. The fact is we've thrown three balls in the middle of the plate and he hasn't missed them."
Madson struck out Ross on a 94-mph fastball in a six-pitch at-bat.
"When you're locked in, you're still not going to hit everything," Madson said. "He's locked in. I had to throw him strikes because we were up, 6-1. At that moment, it wasn't like I'm not going to let him beat me. I had to throw him strikes.
"You've got to mix it up. You've got to try something different. At any time he can unlock and not be so hot, but just change things up."
Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.