San Francisco Giants’ Five Best Defensive Plays of 2015

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Aug 19, 2015; St. Louis, MO, USA; San Francisco Giants center fielder Juan Perez (2) climbs the wall and robs St. Louis Cardinals right fielder Stephen Piscotty (not pictured) of a home run during the first inning at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

Though the San Francisco Giants’ 2015 season may be over, that doesn’t mean that we can’t look back at some amazing moments that took place throughout the year. The Giants have long been known as a team that relies on pitching and defense to achieve results, so it is only fitting to relive some of the finest defensive moments from this past season.

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In terms of numbers, this years Giants were among baseball’s best in the field, with a defensive efficiency rating of .706, meaning that they were able to convert over 70% of the balls put in play into outs –the second best number in Major League Baseball.

They also committed the fourth fewest errors in baseball, with 78, and their fielding percentage was a staggering .987, second only to the Los Angeles Dodgers in that category.

Though the Giants went through a constantly rotating cast of characters in their lineup due to the multitude of injuries to key players down the stretch, one constant was their ability to make amazing play after amazing play. No matter who was playing what position on any given day, the caliber of defense never wavered.

Here, in no particular order, are five (plus one honorable mention) of the most memorable plays from 2015, both in terms of importance and in terms of style. From Hunter Pence‘s amazing sliding double play in his first game after returning to the lineup, to Juan Perez’s home run-robbing catch in St. Louis, the Giants were able to come up huge when it mattered most, and flashed some serious leather in the process.

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