The Top 101 Plays in the San Francisco Giants Dynasty (Part Three of Four)

Monday, November 9, 2015

Part II is here.

The countdown of the top 101 moments in the San Francisco Giants dynasty continues.

50. 0% June 13 2012 
130 years of Giants baseball (as of 2012) one perfect game, Matt Cain over the Astros, saved here by a terrific Gregor Blanco catch in the 7th.

49. 17% Oct 3 2010 
Last day of the regular season, we lost two straight coming in to San Diego, the Padres now only a game out – a loss forces a tiebreaker; we're up 2-0 in the 6th, Jonathan Sanchez put the first two guys on and was replaced by Santiago Casilla – he got former Giants catcher Yorvit Torrealba to ground into a DP.  We got out unscathed and won 3-0 to win the west.

48. 18% Oct 20 2010
NLCS game 4 – a Juan Uribe sac fly off Roy Oswalt brought home Aubrey Huff to win the game 6-5 and put us up 3-1 on the Phils.   One win away from our first pennant in 8 years.

47. 19% Oct 20 2010 
NLCS Game 4 - same game as #48 - up 2 games to 1 on the Phils, tied at 5 in the bottom of the ninth, with one out Buster Posey singles Aubrey Huff over to third off Roy Oswalt.  We’d win the game 6-5, Posey becoming the first rookie with a four hit game in the NLCS.

46. 15% Oct 16 2010 
NLCS Game 1 - 1-1 in the fifth, Cody Ross homers off of Roy Halladay to give us a 2-1 lead, his second homer of the game, we’d go on to win 4-3. 

45. 11% Oct 27 2012
World Series Game 3 – up 2-0 and up 2 games to 0, bases loaded, Ryan Vogelsong gets Miguel Cabrera to pop up to end the 5th.  That was the final score, only the third time Detroit was shut out all season, we were a game away from sweeping the Tigers. 

4412% Oct 25 2012 
World Series Game 2 – we won the first game; scoreless here in the 7th, Madison Bumgarner gets Prince Fielder to ground into a 1-6-3 DP, we beat Detroit 2-0. 

4316% Oct 28 2010
World Series Game 2 – up a game on Texas, Edgar Renteria broke a scoreless 5th inning tie with a homer off CJ Wilson.  We won 9-0; it had been 14 years since a team had come back from down 2-0 to win the Series, it wasn't going to happen this year either. 

42. 17% Oct 31 2010 
World Series, Game 4, up 2 games to 1 on Texas, Aubrey Huff broke a scoreless tie in the third with a two run homer off Tommy Hunter.  We won 4-0 to move a game away from our first title since moving to San Francisco over a half century prior.   

4116% Oct 21 2014 
World Series – Game 1 already up 1-0 in the first, Hunter Pence hits a two run homer off of James Shields, we beat the Royals 7-1 to open up the series.

4017% Oct 27 2010
World Series – Game 1 Giants down 2-0 in the third, Freddie Sanchez gets to Cliff Lee, doubling home Edgar Renteria to cut the Ranger lead in half.  Sanchez will hit two more doubles and we’d go on to win 11-7 to grab game one.  

39. 14% Oct 7 2014 
NLDS Game 4 – Giants up 2 games to 1 and looking to close out the Nats, 2-2 in the 7th, an Aaron Barrett wild pitch scores Joe Panik with what will turn out to be the winning run and we win the series, heading to the NLCS for the third time since 2010. 

38. 17% Oct 11 2010 
NLDS Game 4 – Giants up 2 games to 1 and looking to close out the Braves, Cody Ross ties the score at 1 with a 6th inning homer against Derek Lowe, our first hit of the game.  We win 3-2 to advance to our first NLCS in 8 years.

37. 17% Oct 11 2010
NLDS Game 4, same game as #38, Giants looking to close out the Braves, down 2-1 in the 7th, 2 out, bases loaded, an Alex Gonzalez throwing error on a Juan Uribe grounder scores the tying run and we’d go on to win and advance.  

3620% Oct 14 2014
NLCS Game 3 – tied at 1 game apiece, the Giants opened it up early on the Cards, Travis Ishikawa with a bases clearing two out double off of John Lackey that gave us a 4-0 first inning lead.  We held on to win 5-4.

3520% Oct 14 2014 
NLCS Game 3 – same game as #36; bottom of the tenth, 4-4, Randy Choate throws away a Gregor Blanco bunt that allows Brandon Crawford to score the winning run to put us up 2 games to 1 over the Cards. 

34. 15% Oct 11 2012
NLDS Game 5 – what was once a 6-0 Giants lead had been cut to 6-3 in the sixth after Matt Cain gave up a leadoff homer to Ryan Ludwick. The next two Reds reached, meaning the tying run came to the plate in the person of Ryan Hanigan – Cain struck him out and Buster Posey threw out Jay Bruce trying to steal third for a double play.  We’d go onto win 6-4 to complete our comeback (the Giants were the first team in division series to win the final 3 games after dropping the first two) to beat the Reds and advance to the NLCS.

33. 15% Oct 19 2012 NLCS Game 5 – The Giants lost games 3 and 4 and now were in St Louis down 3 games to 1 and facing elimination, it was scoreless in the second when Barry Zito loaded the bases with one out, he got opposite number Lance Lynn to ground into an inning ending 6-4-3.  We went on to win the game 5-0.  

3215% Oct 19 2012
  NLCS Game 5 – Same game as #33, we're down 3 games to 1 to the Cards and in St Louis for game 5, it's still scoreless in the 4th when the Giants got back to back singles off Lance Lynn. With one out, Lynn threw away a Hunter Pence grounder that scored Marco Scutaro for the first run of the game. We’d go on to win 5-0. 


      31. 11% Oct 26 2014
1    World Series Game 5, Series is tied at 2, Giants up 1-0, with 2 on, 2 out, 2 strikes, Brandon Crawford singles home Pablo Sandoval off of James Shields to give us a 2-0 lead in the 4th over KC. We win 5-0 to take a 3-2 lead.


      30. 16% Oct 10, 2012
       Game 4 NLDS,  the Giants down 2-1 to the Reds in the series; a game from elimination; top of the second in a 1-1 game, Gregor Blanco homers off of future Giant Mike Leake to put us up 3-1.  We’d win the game 8-3 to even the series.  


       29. 17% Oct 19 2012 
       Game 5 NLCS, down 3 games to 1 and in St Louis facing elimination, the Giants were up 1-0 in the 4th, bases loaded with 2 outs, Brandon Crawford singled a 3-2 pitch up the middle off Lance Lynn to score two and give the Giants a 3-0 lead.  We won 5-0 to cut the Cards series lead to 3-2.  

      28. 66% Apr 26 2012
        The Giants dropped the first two in Cincinnati, sending them back to .500, and looked about to be swept, down 5-3 in the ninth, one out, two on, Sean Marshall gave up a two strike three run homer to Angel Pagan that gave us a 6-5 lead that we’d keep.   

       27. 67% June 22 2012
       After losing 2 out of three to the Angels, we went to Oakland 4.5 games behind the Dodgers, Down 3-1 in the ninth we opened with back to back walks off Ryan Cook – and then Brandon Belt hit a two run game tying double down the left field line.  We’d go onto win 5-4 to pull 3 out in the west.  


       Tie26. 63% July 31, 2010
       Middle game of a series against the visiting Dodgers, we shaved a game off the lead the night before by winning game one of the series 6-5, so we entered here 2.5 back, 14 over .500. Down 1-0, two outs in the 8th, Buster Posey got hit – Jonathan Broxton came in to face Pat Burrell – who hit a 3-2 pitch out to give us the 2-1 lead, and that was the final margin.  We left July 1.5 behind San Diego.

      Tie-26. 0% Oct 22 2012
       Sergio Romo gets Matt Holliday to pop to second; we shut out the Cards in Game 7 of the NLCS to win our second pennant in three years.


       Three parts down - we've hit the final 25, part 4 next week.


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