While the average fan won’t notice his impact, true Giants fans have realized how vital Gregor Blanco has been to his team’s success.
The streets of San Francisco filled up with wet, but happy baseball fans after the San Francisco Giants clobbered the St. Louis Cardinals to clinch the National League pennant.
Marco Scutaro looked up through the pouring rain, caught Matt Holliday’s popup for the final out and punched his ticket to the World Series for the first time at age 36.
“It’s great to be back in San Francisco. There is no tomorrow,” Giants right fielder Hunter Pence said. “It’s a unique feeling. It has brought the best out of us.”
Barry Zito pitched the San Francisco Giants back into the NL championship series, dominating into the eighth inning of a 5-0 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Friday night that narrowed their deficit to 3-2.
Carlos Beltran returned to the St. Louis Cardinals’ starting lineup Friday night for Game 5 of the NL championship series.
The Giants, meanwhile, are in the familiar position of needing three straight wins to advance after being down 2-0 in their division series against Cincinnati.
The San Francisco Giants were hoping Tim Lincecum had found the form that made him a two-time Cy Young Award winner. Instead, he looked more like the pitcher who struggled mightily this year.
Adam Wainwright threw seven innings of four-hit ball and the St. Louis Cardinals roughed up Tim Lincecum and the San Francisco Giants in an 8-1 rout Thursday night that gave them a 3-1 lead in the NL championship series.
Max Scherzer capped a stupendous stretch for Detroit’s rotation, and the Tigers won their second pennant in seven years by beating the Yankees 8-1 Thursday for a four-game sweep of the AL championship series.