*If you think weather has anything to do with baseball, game time conditions should be clear and calm with a temperature of about 60, dropping into the upper 50s as the game progresses. That’s a San Francisco temperature range. Here’s the National Weather Service page for Philadelphia.

*Is tonight a big game? Uh–yeah. But how big? Bleacher Report opines that winning Game 6 is a must for the Giants: “If Game 7 is needed, the Giants can place their champagne dreams on hold for next season,” columnist Jamal Wilburg says.

*Why should we let everyone else offer their meaningless opinion without jumping in ourselves. Let me just say one thing I like about tonight’s game going in. Jonathan Sanchez is starting for the Giants in a crucial if not must-win game. The last time we saw him in this spot, it was the last Sunday of the regular season against the Padres. The Giants had lost two chances to clinch the National League West title behind Matt Cain and Barry Zito. But Sanchez was tough in that third game and put the Giants into the post-season (was that a “must win”? Not exactly—the Giants would had two more chances to win after that last day in tie-breakers with the Padres and the Atlanta Braves. Ancient history, now). Anyway—I’m thinking he’s not someone who’s going to rattle under the pressure of Game 6.

*The Fox pregame analysis:
–Eric Karros says the Giants Aubrey Huff needs to show up for the Giants to win tonight.
–Mitch “Wild Thing” Williams, who has the distinction of giving up a Series-losing walk-off home run (1993, to Joe Carter of Toronto), says Phillies’ starter Roy Oswalt’s performance tonight will be the difference; also, he says the Phils hitter need to be patient with Sanchez and force him to throw strikes.
–Both think the Phillies will win tonight.


Dan Brekke

Dan Brekke is a blogger, reporter and editor for KQED News, responsible for online breaking news coverage of topics ranging from California water issues to the Bay Area's transportation challenges. In a newsroom career that began in Chicago in 1972, Dan has worked as a city and foreign/national editor for The San Francisco Examiner, editor at Wired News, deputy editor at Wired magazine, managing editor at TechTV as well as for several Web startups.

Since joining KQED in 2007, Dan has reported, edited and produced both radio and online features and breaking news pieces. He has shared in two Society of Professional Journalists Norcal Excellence in Journalism awards — for his 2012 reporting on a KQED Science series on water and power in California, and in 2014, for KQED's comprehensive reporting on the south Napa earthquake.

In addition to his 44 years of on-the-job education, Dan is a lifelong student of history and is still pursuing an undergraduate degree.

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