Thursday, October 11, 2012
Giants comeback to win NLDS
(Is 5 games really enough to determine the better team? I mean, really? You make them play 162 games to see who's worthy of the playoffs, then basically go with a coin toss when they get there? ridiculous. Don't forget, this isn't the NBA where Jordan-led teams can go 72-10. No, in baseball, every single team wins about 55 and loses 55 guaranteed. Its what you do with the other 52 games that determine your record. So in reality, they probably need a 11 or 13 game series to remove luck helping one side or another too much).
Anyway, after being outscored 5-2, then 9-0 in our 2 home games, SF traveled to Cincinnati to squeeze out a close 2-1 win in the 10th inning of game 3. Vogelsong pitched a solid outing, but things still looked bleak. We had only scored 3 runs in 3 games. Even the 10th inning run was from a Scott Rolen error, even though I thought it was a tough grounder to handle. Making things worse, we were sending Barry Zito out to the mound. It was not exactly inspiring much confidence in Giants fans.
But Buster was just saving himself for Game 5. We scored all 6 of our runs in the 5th inning, as follows. Blanco led off with a left-field single. Crawford, whom every Giants fan wanted to be benched for a hot Arias, shocked everyone with a triple down the right baseline. After Cain grounded out, Pagan reached on a critical error by shortstop Cozart. Scutaro drew a walk. Pablo singled to left, loading the bases. Up came Posey.
Can the Giants repeat the 2010 championship feat? It sure doesn't look likely. Cain doesn't look untouchable. Lincecum's year relegated him to the bullpen. But after making history with being just the 8th team to come back from 0-2 in a 5 game series and the 1st team to win a 5 game series after losing the first two games at home and winning 3 straight away, there is reason to believe in the unlikely.