By defeating the Washington Nationals Friday, the San Francisco Giants set a National League record for consecutive wins in the postseason with nine. Going into Wednesday’s wild card showdown with the Pirates in Pittsburgh, and continuing on to the opener in Washington DC, the Giants were underdogs. As they have done so successfully in the recent past, they have found a way to get it done.
The streak goes back to the series with the St. Louis Cardinals, when San Francisco was down three games to one, and came back to win three straight. The Orange and Black then went on to sweep the Detroit Tigers, bringing us to this postseason.
Todays’ 3-2 victory over the Washington Nationals, in their own park, was played in an electric atmosphere, with Jake Peavy’s passion very much present at all times. In going five -and-two-thirds innings, Peavy surrendered no runs on two hits, and his fiery presence was even more impressive than the crowd’s enthusiasm. Jake Peavy was clearly the conductor in a finally-tuned orchestra.
The game was tense, but only one time did the Nationals really threaten to blow the doors off. Bruce Bochy, displayed a lot of that quality Tim Hudson alluded to yesterday, by sending in rookie Hunter Strickland, who struck out Ian Desmond, with the bases loaded, to end the only serious threat by the Nats.
Peavy faced only two batters over the minimum, going into his last inning of play, and left the game with a 2-0 lead. What Hunter Strickland taketh away, he also giveth back, at least to the tune of the two home runs, that made the announcers so giddy with joy, I feared that they may have overdone it, trying to earn the bonus from the East Coast Media people.
Continuing to show that he has what it takes, especially on the big stage, Joe Panik knocked in the first run of the game, and tripled to lead off the seventh inning, and scored the third run of the game on Buster Poesy’s RBI-single.
The Giants faced improbable odds, but not only surmounted those odds, set a National League record in the process.
Well played, Giants, one and all.