PHILADELPHIA -- Looking like Hank Aaron, Babe Ruth and Barry Bonds rolled into one, San Francisco right fielder Cody Ross belted another home run in the Giants' 6-1 loss to the Phillies in Game 2 of the NL Championship Series here Sunday, giving him three home runs in two games.
That ranks second-most in Giants history in LCS play. Jeffrey Leonard holds the record with four in 1987.
Meantime, with four homers in his last three postseason games, Ross is one of four players in Giants history with at least four in single postseason. The others: Barry Bonds hit eight in 2002, Rich Aurilia six in '02 and Leonard four in '87.
So, how might Phillies starter Cole Hamels want to approach Ross in Game 3 at AT&T Park?
"Don't throw it down and in," said Roy Oswalt, who did just that in surrendering Ross' fifth-inning blast Sunday. "The last three balls that he hit were in the exact same spot. Just bad pitches."
True. Each of the homers Ross smashed against Roy Halladay in Game 1 also were middle-in.
"I mean, throwing it right into his bat, pretty much," Oswalt said. "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."
In Ross' third plate appearance Sunday night, he nearly got another one. He drove center fielder Shane Victorino all the way back to the warning track before Victorino hauled it in.
That was a fastball over the plate, too, but not quite as inside as the three Ross drove over the left-field fence.
Does Ross pretty much figure he's seen the last of the inside fastballs for awhile?
"I'm not really worried about where they're pitching me," Ross said. "I'm just trying to see it."
He's been doing a good enough job of that that the Philadelphia crowd has started giving him the business. Playing the villain isn't exactly a role Ross is familiar with, given his heretofore nondescript days with the Florida Marlins, but it's a role he'll take.
"That's what you want as a player," Ross said. "I know they're not going to cheer for me. It definitely doesn't make me feel like I should stop.
"I want to keep going. It's kind of a weird feeling."