If the Phillies are to stave off a second straight elimination game this evening, a few fellows counted on to provide some pop had better show up right from the top of the show.
Chase Utley and Ryan Howard have provided mediocre offense and virtually no offense in the games to date and cannot continue their funk if the Phils hope to stave off elimination and set up a Game Seven.
It would help if Utley would attack the ball more and if Howard would make contact. The Giants' staff hasn't looked particularly overpowering; rather, it is fair to say the Phillies have been getting themselves out just as much if not more than Giant pitchers have.
As has been the case all season, the pitching has held up its end of the bargain; now the Phils' entire future is in the hands of the offense.