San Francisco Giants Most Underrated World Series Moments
Sanchez Can’t Stop Hitting Doubles
Freddy Sanchez had never been to a playoff game in his career until 2010. After many years with the Pirates, Sanchez was playing in his first ever World Series.
Three doubles off Cliff Lee later, he had almost single-handedly taken over the game and the momentum in the series for the Giants.
Tim Lincecum and Lee would have a much more memorable battle in Game 5. Game 1 wasn’t either’s best outing and the game was going back and forth until the fifth inning.
Sanchez hit his third double in a six run fifth that blew the game open. What would go on to be an 11-7 win for the Giants wasn’t truly in the Giants control until Freddy’s huge swing.
With so many other big moments in the series, Sanchez and his doubles get lost in our memories.
Arias and the Error
Joaquin Arias won two World Series rings, but most fans don’t remember much about the utility infielder. Despite his lack of starts, the 2 time World Series champion was a big part of both championships runs. He and Ishikawa had big underrated moments in the 2010 NLDS as well, getting on base to help bring the go ahead run in. Now, two years later, Arias had an even bigger moment.
However, there is no speech by Pence or slam by Posey or rally by Zito home runs by Sandoval without winning Game 3 of the 2012 NLDS.
In the 10th inning of a must win game against the Reds, Arias hit a ground ball to third baseman Scott Rolen. Arias hustled down the line, Rolen bobbled the grounder and Arias made it to first before the throw. Posey, who was at third base, scored on the play and gave the Giants the lead.
The Giants season very likely ends if Arias isn’t hustling down the line. It was truly a moment that showcased how critical all 25 guys on a playoff roster can be.