Backs are against walls. Seasons are on lines. Hearts are about to be broken.
They Yankees have run into the juggernaut that is the Houston Astros. And the Padres have run into an offensive buzzsaw that is the Philadelphia Phillies.
The Astros cannot lose and the Phillies cannot seem to stop scoring runs.
If there was one game that might have sucked the life out of the Padres it might have been yesterday’s. Up 4-0 before the Phillies had even come to the plate, they quickly gave three runs back, then another. Then they took a two-run lead. Then the whole thing fell apart.
What made the game so wonderful, if you’re not a Padres fan, is the number of two out runs the Padres scored. That makes for fun baseball viewing.
The Padres first two batter made easy outs, then they scored four runs in the first. In the top of the fifth, the first two Padres made outs, then they scored two runs.
Two-out runs are what usually leads to victory by breaking the other teams heart. But this Phillies team seems to have hearts bigger than nearly full moon that was shining over the Phillies stadium last night.
And this unlikely group of players who never really got going during the season has clicked in the postseason and is just one game from facing the unbeatable Astros in the World Series.