The San Francisco Giants extended their National League-best postseason winning streak, Saturday night, er, Sunday morning, by defeating the Washington Nationals, 2-1, on Brandon Belt’s majestic home run in the top of the eighteenth inning. Additionally, Pablo Sandoval extended his franchise-best postseason hitting streak to thirteen games, by tying the game in dramatic style in the ninth inning with a double.
It was the longest game, in terms of time, in MLB history, at six hours and twenty-three minutes, ending seconds after the clock gonged midnight in the cold Washington night, and it tied the longest game at eighteen innings. In a delicious bit of irony, Tim Hudson was a starting pitcher in both games, the second one having taken place back in 2005, when Hudson was pitching for the Atlanta Braves and they squared off against the Houston Astros, who ended up winning the game.
In playing the equivalent of two complete games, the Giants demonstrated much of that quality that Tim Hudson had been elaborating about in the days leading up to the start of the NLDS, the one that had the Nationals bristling. Guts is the way he described it after the game, but use any term you want, San Francisco showed the baseball world exactly which team boasted a fine set, indeed.
Whether or not the exact dimensions of said “intestinal fortitude” can be measured via conventional methodology or not, to see if another record could be established, has yet to be determined. However, the Show continues on Monday, at AT&T Park, as Madison Bumgarner takes the mound against Doug Fister, in a rematch of the 2012 World Series.
They’re still trying to get a handle on the same measurement for that postseason, when the Giants faced six consecutive elimination games, and then swept the Detroit Tigers.
Could these San Francisco Giants be ranked amongst the best teams of all time?
I’ll get back to you on that at the end of October.
October 31, 2012; San Francisco, CA, USA; Tony Bennet sings “I left my heart in San Francisco” in front of the San Francisco Giants team during the World Series victory celebration at City Hall. The Giants defeated the Detroit Tigers in a four-game sweep to win the 2012 World Series. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports