Last night’s game was the longest postseason game in history, oh, and the San Francisco Giants took complete and utter command of the National League Division Series. With the victory, which was the Giants’ tenth straight in the postseason, they take a two-nothing lead in the series, and in turn, we now hand the ball to Madison Bumgarner with a chance to book a place in the National League Championship Series.
Unlike the vast majority of postseason games this season, it was truly a pitchers duel. Both Tim Hudson and Jordan Zimmermann were dealing.
While both pitchers were effectively lights out, Hudson did yield one run. He allowed an RBI single to third baseman, Anthony Rendon, who had a big night at the dish.
Zimmermann went into the ninth, and had recorded two outs. The Giants were down to their final out. Who was at the dish? Rookie, Joe Panik, of course. Although the Nationals’ ace had recorded twenty straight outs, and was pre-eminent, the rook’ drew a walk, of course.
Posey then singled, to continue the two out rally. And Pablo Sandoval came to the plate with his franchise record hit-streak on the line, oh, and game two of the NLDS. Guess what? Pablo came up big.
If you ask me, Posey was safe. Sadly, it isn’t up to me. Tie game.
The game then went into extras. Javier Lopez, Jean Machi and Sergio Romo kept the game tied. Jeremy Affeldt had a rather, controversial let’s say, inning.
Both of which, according to pitch trax, were strikes, by the way. The Giants offense was lacklustre. The same couldn’t be said for Yusmeiro Petit, who went six innings, fanning seven.
The longest game in postseason history needs a hero, of course. Enter, Brandon Belt. Belted.
Rookie flame-baller, Hunter Strickland, having been roughed up last night, was given the task of saving the game. Him, and his gas, did just that. Ball-game.
The Giants are now just one win short of going to the NLCS. I love postseason baseball. Postseason baseball is tense, tantalizing and utterly beautiful.