The Giants overcame a hefty deficit for the second consecutive series by completing an improbable comeback with a 9-0 routing of the Cardinals on Monday night. Over the course of their three-game winning streak, facing elimination in each of the three games, they outscored the Cardinals 20-1 with three clutch pitching performances from Barry Zito, Ryan Vogelsong, and Matt Cain.
Game 7 didn’t bring much torture. It was the positon they put themselves in that was the tortuous part of the entire process. The Giants scored at least a run in three straight innings to compose a massive lead, as the wheels rapidly fell off for Kyle Lohse. Lohse departed with the bases loaded, praying that his impeccable bullpen could bail him out, but Hunter Pence closed the book on Lohse’s night with a skipping two-run double that made the score 5-0.
The Giants had many potential NLCS MVP candidates in their run to becoming to third team in NLCS history to strike back despite being down 3-1. Some of which include Pablo Sandoval and Ryan Vogelsong. However, neither can match the performance of Marco Scutaro, who hit exactly .500 over the seven games series, and became the first player in LCS history to have six multi-hit games in a single series. Scutaro bursted out for three hits in Game 7, veering the Giants’ offense onto the right path. The duo of Scutaro and Sandoval caused the Cardinals a world of troubles, as both made up for the transparency of Buster Posey and Hunter Pence.
The Giants padded their 5-0 lead with with two more runs in the third inning on a pair of RBI ground outs.
As the rain began to pour down in the last two or so innings, AT&T Park began to sniff victory. Jeremy Affeldt pitched a quiet seventh inning, Santiago Casilla and Javier Lopez united to pitch a scoreless eighth. And as the rain started to pour down ever harder, Sergio Romo induced a a pop up to none other than Matt Holliday to win the pennant.