The San Francisco Giants won three straight elimination games for the second time this postseason, defeating the St. Louis Cardinals in Game Seven of the NLCS, 9-0, to advance to the World Series.
San Francisco plated runs in each of the first three frames, first with an RBI groundout by Pablo Sandoval in the first and an RBI-single by Giants pitcher Matt Cain. The Giants knocked out Kyle Lohse in the third after loading the bases, and Joe Kelly surrendered a broken-bat, three-run double by Hunter Pence. Brandon Crawford and Angel Pagan brought in two more with infield grounders.
The Giants’ comeback was eerily reminiscent of the comeback the Atlanta Braves made on the Cardinals in the 1996 NLCS, when the Braves outscored the Cards 32-1 in the final three games of the series after going down three games to one. San Francisco outscored the St. Louis 20-1 in this series, which has the common denominator of coming against two Cardinals managers in their first seasons, Tony La Russa and Mike Matheny.
The Cardinals were a paltry 1-for-21 with runners in scoring position in their final three games (1-for-28 overall in the four losses), with a 9-for-22 clip in the three games they won in the series. The three-game losing streak was the Cards’ first three-game losing streak since September 10th through the 12th.
San Francisco advances to the World Series beginning Wednesday night at AT&T Park against the Detroit Tigers. Hear the ESPN Radio Coverage on KTGR, beginning at 6 PM.