The Giants have won the Pennant!
What another crazy, emphatic game, the Giants won the NLCS on another crazy ending to another outstanding ballgame as the NLCS comes to a close. A game where the two aces went to duel in Madison Bumgarner, the eventual NLCS MVP, and Adam Wainwright, who hasn't been himself all series.
An interesting factoid, Travis Ishikawa, actually made a miss-read on a fly ball earlier in the game that gave the Cardinals a run to make it 1-0 in the top of the 3rd. No need to Panik though, as Joe Panik hit a 2 out two run HR to make it 2-1 Giants in the next half inning. The Cardinals were fed up with this Giants magic, as they answered right back in the top of the 4th with a lead off HR by Matt Adams to tie the game back up at 2-2. Then with 2 outs in the same inning, Tony Cruz hits a solo HR to give the Cardinals the lead again at 3-2.
The game would scoot all the way to the 8th inning where the Giants only had 6 outs before making a flight back to Missouri to continue a series against the Cardinals. But Mike Morse wanted to go to a different airport instead as he hit a pinch hit solo HR to tie the game back up at 3-3 in the bottom of the 8th inning. Magic had struck again!
But the real magic came in the bottom of the 9th, when Travis Ishikawa, who nearly quit the game of baseball hit a blast into the night that sent the Giants to their 3rd World Series in 5 years (2010, 2012, & 2014). The Gaints won 6-3 and ultimately won the NLCS 4-1 over the St. Louis Cardinals.
What looked like it would be an instant classic of a series after the Game 2 miracle in what Kolten Wong did, became a series that Travis Ishikawa decided to seal the deal for the San Francisco Giants as they will start to make their trip to Missouri, but instead of playing St. Louis, it'll be the Kansas City Royals.
Game 1 of the World Series will be on Tuesday October 21st. San Francisco @ Kansas City Royals. Should be a magical outcome no matter who wins!
See you on Monday for my World Series Prediction Blog!