The San Francisco Giants’ top 10 playoff moments since 2010
By Ethan Varian
The San Francisco Giants aren’t going to the playoffs in 2015. But instead of sulking about the odd-year curse, why not relive some of the playoff magic the Giants have conjured over their past three World Series runs?
Here are the Giants’ top 10 playoff moments—one from each of their last 10 playoff series—to help get you through October:
2010 NLDS: Tim Lincecum strikes out 14 against the Braves
Where the Giants’ recent postseason dominance all began, and arguably, the best game Tim Lincecum ever pitched. Timmy’s final line: 9 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, and 14 K. And man, look at the splitter.
2010 NLCS: Cody Ross hits two homers off Roy Halladay
Halladay was coming off pitching just the second no-hitter in postseason history, and it was a forgone conclusion that the Phillies would ride Doc to the World Series. Then in Game 1 of the NLCS, Cody Ross took him deep. Twice. Those cretins over in Philly still haven’t forgotten.
2010 WS: Edgar Renteria’s series-clinching go-ahead home run
Edgar Renteria’s three run knock off Cliff Lee to secure the Giant’s first World Series title in 56 years will be forever cemented in the memory of all Giants fans… and so will Dave Flemming’s epic voice-crack on the call.
2012 NLDS: Buster Posey takes Mat Latos yard to secure the series comeback
In the ultimate battle of Good and Evil, the forces of light prevailed. Listen to the life get sucked out of the park off the crack of the bat. And the reaction of Latos and Reds catcher Ryan Hanigan: priceless.
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2012 NLCS: Barry Zito’s clutch performance in Game 5
Admit it, you were certain the Giants were cooked heading into that road elimination game with Barry Zito on the mound. You couldn’t blame the team for suffering an emotional let down after their 0-2 road comeback in Cincinnati. Instead, Zito gave us this gem to return the series to San Francisco—his signature moment as a Giant.
2012 WS: Pablo Sandoval hits three dingers in Game 1
Yes, his replacement has turned out to be a much more productive player; and yes, he looks like he’s eaten all the cannolis in Boston’s North End, but darnit, I still miss the Panda.
2014 Wild Card Game: Brandon Crawford’s grand slam
The Giants limped their way into the 2014 postseason as the second wild card team, and expectations were low. Brandon Crawford’s grand slam in the fourth, however, quickly reminded everyone they become a different team in the playoffs.
2014 NLDS: Brandon Belt’s go-ahead homer in the top of the 18th
Clocking in at six hours and 23-minutes, Game 2 of the 2014 NLDS between the Giants and Nats was the longest game in postseason history. Brandon Belt’s go-ahead home run in the 18th may have been the only time you’ll see a player flip his bat out of pure relief.
2014 NLCS: Travis Ishikawa’s pennant-clinching walk off homer
Who says you can’t win the pennant with a Juan Perez/Travis Ishikawa platoon in left?
2014 WS: Madison Bumgarner closes out Game 7
Madison ‘effing Bumgarner. Enough said.