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The San Francisco Giants are Your 2014 National League Champions

October 17th, 2014 at 2:46 PM
By Michael Almonte

The San Francisco Giants are National League Champions for third time in five years after winning 6-3 Thursday night over the St. Louis Cardinals on Travis Ishikawa's dramatic walk-off three-run home run. It's the Giants' 23rd pennant in franchise history and they will be appearing in their 20th World Series.

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After not homering the first four games, the Giants smacked three on the night as Joe Panik homered in the bottom of the third and pinch-hitter Michael Morse tied the game at 3 with a solo shot in the bottom of the eighth. It was the Giants' fifth pinch-hit home run in postseason history and their first since J.T. Snow did so back in Game 2 of the 2000 Division Series versus the New York Mets.

It was Ishikawa's first career walk-off home run and was the ninth time in postseason history a walk-off home run clinched a series. The last time the Giants won the NL pennant on a home run was in 1951 on Bobby Thomson's three-run "Shot Heard 'Round the World" against the Brooklyn Dodgers.

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San Francisco Giants One Win Away from the World Series

October 15th, 2014 at 10:53 PM
By Michael Almonte

The San Francisco Giants are one win away from reaching the World Series for the third time in five years after defeating the St. Louis Cardinals 6-4 in Game 4 of the National League Championship Series Wednesday night. The Giants lead the series 3-1 and are 14-2 in their last 16 playoff games.

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Ryan Vogelsong lasted just three innings on the night and surrendered more than one run for the first time in his postseason career. The Giants are 6-0 in his postseason starts and the bullpen was terrific on the night, allowing four hits, two walks, and seven strikeouts in six shutout innings. Yusmeiro Petit won the game and Santiago Casilla recorded his second save of the postseason.

Pablo Sandoval set a Giants' franchise record by reaching base in 22 straight playoff games, breaking the previous record of 21 held by Barry Bonds during the 2002 and 2003 playoffs. Speaking of Bonds, the home run king threw out the first pitch prior to Game 4. Buster Posey smacked two hits on the night and set an SF record with 42 career playoff hits.

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Orange and Black Monday NLCS Inside Scoop

October 13th, 2014 at 2:26 PM
By Michael Almonte

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The San Francisco Giants came so close to capturing the first two games in St. Louis against the Cardinals in the National League Championship Series, but had to settle for a split as the Cardinals evened the series on a walk-off home run by Kolten Wong in the bottom of the ninth off Sergio Romo. It was the second postseason home run allowed by Romo, who threw just two pitches.

The 5-4 Cardinals win snapped the Giants NL record of seven straight road wins and snapped their 10-game winning streak in one-game games. The Giants are now 11-2 in one-run games since the 2010 postseason and have a record of 22-4 when scoring three runs or more in a postseason game since 2010.

The Giants bullpen which has been automatic since 2010, has given up seven home runs in seven games. The Cardinals smacked four home runs in Game 2 and have 11 total during the postseason. They have seven home runs in the 7th inning or later. The Giants bullpen is holding the opposition to a .155 batting average, the best in the postseason.

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Orange and Black Thursday NLCS Inside Scoop

October 9th, 2014 at 9:22 AM
By Michael Almonte

Here we go again in the National League Championship Series with the San Francisco Giants facing the St.Louis Cardinals with a spot in the World Series on the line. The Giants and Cardinals have taken turns since 2010 representing the NL in the Fall Classic. The Giants won the World Series in 2010 and 2012, while the Cardinals captured the title in 2011 and lost in the World Series to the Boston Red Sox in 2013.

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This marks the fourth time in postseason history these two franchises will battle in the NLCS and second time in the last three seasons. The Cardinals won in seven-games back in 1987, while the Giants won in five-games in 2002 and seven-games in 2012. The Giants overcame a 3-1 deficit back in 2012 to defeat the Cardinals.

The Giants have a 11-8 playoff record versus the Cardinals, going 4-5 in St. Louis and 7-3 at home. The Cardinals will have the home field advantage this time around in this best-of-seven series that begins Saturday night. The Giants won the season series 4-3 over the Cardinals, winning three of four in St. Louis and losing two of three at AT&T Park.

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San Francisco Giants Move on to National Legaue Championship Series

October 8th, 2014 at 11:54 AM
By Michael Almonte

The San Francisco Giants are heading back to the National League Championship Series for the third time in five seasons after defeating the Washington Nationals 3-2 Tuesday night in front of a madhouse at AT&T Park. The Giants are 11-1 in their last 12 playoff games.

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Ryan Vogelsong earned a no-decision in the contest, allowing two hits, one run and four strikeouts in 5.2 innings. He is 3-0 in five career postseason starts with a 1.19 ERA and 25 strikeouts. The Giants are 5-0 in his postseason outings and Vogelsong became the first pitcher in MLB history to allow one run or less in his first five postseason starts.

The Giants held a 2-0 lead before the Nationals rallied and tied the game at 2 on a solo home run by Bryce Harper in the top of the seventh. With the bases loaded in the bottom of the seventh, the Giants took the lead for good on a wild pitch. Tuesday's win marked the fourth time the Giants clinched a series at home. They won the 1989 NLCS over the Chicago Cubs, 2002 NLCS over the St. Louis Cardinals and 2012 NLCS over the Cardinals in front of their home fans. The Giants are 16-10 in series clinching games.

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