San Francisco Giants Most Underrated World Series Moments

By Michael Saltzman
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Santiago Casilla and Buster Posey of the San Francisco Giants
Oct 15, 2014; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants relief pitcher Santiago Casilla (46) celebrates with catcher Buster Posey (28) after beating the St. Louis Cardinals in game four of the 2014 NLCS playoff baseball game at AT&T Park. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports /

Casilla Strikes Out Holliday

Matt Holliday had become a villain in the eyes of Giants fans. He had taken out Marco Scutaro two years earlier in the 2012 NLCS at second base, and fans were convinced it was a dirty slide.

Whether it was or not was almost irrelevant. The fact that he was considered a villain was enough for fans to celebrate every moment afterwards where Holliday did not succeed.

Most fans remember the single from Scutaro that Holliday kicked in left field and led to a bases clearing error. No fan forgets the final out where Scutaro caught the pop out from Holliday in the pouring rain.

But it was two years later when Santiago Casilla‘s strikeout of Holliday ended Game 4 and gave the Giants a 3-1 lead. The rematch was just as intense, even though the Giants held the edge in the series. The series itself will always be remembered for the Michael Morse 8th inning blast off Pat Neshak and Travis Ishikawa’s #Ishikawalkoff against Michael Wacha to send the Giants to the World Series.

Casilla’s strikeout set up the walk off series win the following game.

Posey’s Fourth Hit is a Big One

Speaking of Buster Posey, outside of that majestic grand slam against the Reds, his big hits always seemed to be overshadowed by bigger moments in the same game.

Consider the next moment on our list. Posey battled Roy Oswalt in the bottom of the ninth inning of a tie game in Game 4 of the NLCS. Posey had three hits in the game, and his fourth was his biggest, sending Aubrey Huff around to third base. This would set up Juan Uribe’s sac fly to win the game for the Giants.

Had Jayson Werth not made a tremendous play in right field to keep Huff at third, this moment would be a much bigger moment in Giants playoff history. Instead, it just set up a bigger moment for Uribe and give the Giants a commanding 3-1 lead in the series.