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In a postseason full of twists and turns, the San Francisco Giants are headed back to the World Series after a big comeback against the defending champs.
Hunter Pence got the Giants going with a weird double, Matt Cain pitched his second clincher of October and San Francisco closed out Game 7 of the NL championship series in a driving rainstorm, routing the St. Louis Cardinals 9-0 Monday night.
San Francisco won its record-tying sixth elimination game of the postseason, completing a lopsided rally from a 3-1 deficit.
The Giants, who won it all in 2010, will host Justin Verlander, Miguel Cabrera and the Detroit Tigers in Game 1 on Wednesday night.
Verlander is set to pitch Wednesday's opener. Giants manager Bruce Bochy insisted before Monday's game he had not planned any further in advance.
Series MVP Marco Scutaro produced his sixth multihit game of the series and matched an LCS record with 14 hits and Pablo Sandoval drove in a run for his fifth straight game.
After falling behind 3-1 in the series at Busch Stadium, the Giants outscored the wild-card Cardinals 20-1 over the final three games behind stellar starting pitching from Barry Zito, Ryan Vogelsong and Cain.
They also benefited from some strange bounces.
On Pence's double that highlighted a five-run third, his bat broke at the label on impact, then the broken barrel hit the ball twice more. That put a rolling, slicing spin on the ball and caused it to change directions - leaving shortstop Pete Kozma little chance to make the play. Kozma broke to his right, figuring that's where the ball would go, but it instead curved to left-center.
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The San Francisco Giants completed their 3-1 series comeback against the St. Louis Cardinals to reach the World Series for the second time in three years. A big reason that the Giants won Game 7 was Hunter Pence's bases clearing, broken bat double in the five run third for San Francisco, but should the double have counted?
According to MLB rules, Rule 6.05 states, "A...
A freaky thing happened in the bottom of the third inning of Monday night’s NLCS Game 7, as it appears as though Giants rightfielder Hunter Pence makes contact with the ball not once, not twice, but thrice on the same swing. The bat shatters on initial contact, and the ball gets hit twice more on the follow through. Because physics took over, the ball’s trajectory took a...
They say that you’ll see something new in every baseball game. In Game 7 of the National League Championship Series, Hunter Pence hit the ball three times in the same swing.
SBNation provides this incredible slow-motion GIF.
San Francisco Giants outfielder Hunter Pence had a broken bat double in yesterday's NLCS clinching win over the St. Louis Cardinals. 2:00 minute mark for the slo-mo view of his bat hitting the ball...
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Hunter Pence doubled home two runs with a slicing, broken-bat hit during a five-run third inning that chased Kyle Lohse, and the San Francisco Giants took a 7-0 lead over the St. Louis Cardinals through three innings in the decisive Game 7 of the NL championship series Monday night.
Pablo Sandoval's run-scoring groundout in the first gave him an RBI in five straight games, matching...
The San Francisco Giants beat the defending World Series champion St. Louis Cardinals 9-0 Monday night in Game 7 of the NL Championship series.Matt Cain pitched his second clincher as the Giants won their sixth elimination game of the post season. Marco Scutaro matched an LCS record with 14 hits in the series while Pablo Sandoval drove in a run for his fifth straight game.The Giants...
Tigers right-hander Max Scherzer and San Francisco righty Matt Cain didn't need to know the outcome of Saturday's World Series game to understand that when they take the mound Sunday the stakes will be high.
Both starters couldn't wait to take advantage of an opportunity to give their team a much-needed - or must-have victory - on Sunday night in Game 4.
This is going to be a very hairy World Series.
Giants outfielder Hunter Pence is looking seriously scraggly. Same goes for teammate Sergio Romo, whose facial fuzz has its own Twitter account. Tigers slugger Prince Fielder goes for a double - dreadlocks and an overgrown beard.
And not to forget injured San Francisco closer Brian Wilson. His dyed, jet-black thicket inspired a '...
Madison Bumgarner will pitch Game 2 of the World Series for San Francisco on Thursday, giving the Giants back-to-back lefties after Barry Zito goes in the opener against the Detroit Tigers.
Righty Ryan Vogelsong will pitch Game 3 and Matt Cain will go in Game 4. Two-time NL Cy Young Award winner Tim Lincecum will remain in the bullpen, providing options.
The Giants are still finalizing...
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The Twins are working on a new deal with Scott Baker. Interesting, not altogether unexpected.
Was Hunter Pence’s triple hit legal?
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The Giants just will not go away! The Cardinals were up 3-1 at one point in this series, but ever since the series has gone back to San Francisco they Giants have been unstoppable. They won yet again last night to even up the series 3-3 and force game seven tonight. Baseball fans are in for a treat as Matt Cain will face Kyle Lohse. It should be a great game if both pitchers are...
I thought this game would be over by the 5th inning.
Boy, I was wrong. It was over by the 3rd inning in a 9-0 Giants win.
I figured the Cardinals would stay cold and the Giants would continue to get clutch hits, or the other way around.
The former. Not the latter.
Cardinals’ starter Kyle Loshe loaded the bases, when Hunter Pence’s broken bat double scored two, then a fielding...