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The 'pen is mightier than the Phillies

When Jonathan Sanchez falters early, relief corps carries Giants the rest of the way

Updated: October 24, 2010, 11:21 AM ET
By Wayne Drehs | ESPN.com

PHILADELPHIA -- While the champagne was flying and Eminem was blasting in the room next door, San Francisco reliever Jeremy Affeldt knelt on the soaking wet clubhouse carpet and answered his cell phone.

He didn't say "Hello," "Hi" or "How are you?" The left-handed reliever instead held the phone to his ear and greeted the caller with a far more fitting salutation: "Unbelievable." He could have been referring to Juan Uribe's go-ahead home run in the eighth inning. Or the called third ...

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