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Giants blow past Cardinals in Game 7 of NLCS to advance to World Series

Oct 22, 2012, 11:42 PM EDT

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The Giants have faced elimination six different times this postseason. Yet they are still standing.

Game 7 of the NLCS wasn’t much of a contest, as the Giants topped the Cardinals 9-0 at AT&T Park in San Francisco this evening to win the National League pennant and advance to the World Series against the Tigers.

The Giants are the seventh team to rally from a 3-1 deficit since the LCS expanded from five games to seven in 1985. Bruce Bochy’s squad have grown accustomed to playing with their backs against the wall this postseason, also rallying back from a 2-0 series deficit to beat the Reds during the NLDS.

The Giants took control of Game 7 early, scoring one run in the bottom of the first, one in the second and five in the third to chase Kyle Lohse and put the game out of reach. They tacked on one more in the seventh when Aubrey Huff grounded into a double play and another in the bottom of the eighth when Brandon Belt homered. Matt Cain clearly didn’t have his best stuff tonight, but he delivered 5 2/3 scoreless innings before Jeremy Affeldt, Santiago Casilla, Javier Lopez and Sergio Romo finished the Cardinals off.

The Giants pounded out 14 hits on the night, including one from each member of the starting lineup. Marco Scutaro went 3-for-4 with a walk and run scored and finished the series 14-for-28 (.500).

The Cardinals were just one win away from their second straight trip to the World Series after Game 4 last Thursday, but nearly everything went south at the same time. In addition to being outscored 20-1 over the final three games of the series, none of their starters (Lance Lynn, Chris Carpenter, Lohse) lasted longer than four innings. They also committed four errors and allowed seven unearned runs. The Cardinals allowed 10 unearned runs during the entire series, setting a new NLCS record.

The Giants will advance to face the Tigers in the World Series, which will begin Wednesday night in San Francisco. In an interesting twist, the Giants have All-Star Game MVP Melky Cabrera to thank for home field advantage.

  1. royalsfaninfargo - Oct 22, 2012 at 11:46 PM

    What was a worse outcome, the Yankees getting swept or the Cards losing 3 straight after being up 3-1? Of course I am biased against the Cards, but it is a legit question.

    • lazlosother - Oct 22, 2012 at 11:56 PM

      NY was never in it. As a NY fan I’m bummed, but there have been worse losses than this. The Cards were in it, and up 3-1, gotta hurt worse than never showing any signs of being competitive.

      • nothanksimdriving123 - Oct 23, 2012 at 1:26 AM

        And as a Nationals fan, you can only try to imagine how grief-stricken I am now to see the Cardinals lose like that, just utterly shattering really, but just now, writing about it seems to be helping part the clouds. LOLOLOLOL.
        The amazing thing is that this will be the first time the Giants and Tigers have ever met in the long history of the WS. I just hope the games are more exciting than 9-0. Close would be nice, perhaps even with a few lead changes, you know, exciting baseball.

  2. wgray981 - Oct 22, 2012 at 11:48 PM

    Great…now I am forced to root for Detroit. I really hated all 4 teams that made it to the Championship Games. Too bad Oakland, Baltimore, or even Cinci couldn’t have pulled it out.

  3. shynessismyelguapo - Oct 22, 2012 at 11:49 PM

    Shades of 1996, when the Cardinals were up 3-1 against the Braves, only to lose the next 3 by a whopping 32-1.

    Congratulations to the Giants. And my lord, that was brutal.

    • sailcat54 - Oct 22, 2012 at 11:52 PM

      The Giants were hungrier than the Cards. It was a terrific NLCS!

  4. elwaysmilehighdenver - Oct 22, 2012 at 11:49 PM

    Congratulations San Fran. Tigers vs.
    Giants. Looking forward to an awesome
    Series! JV game #1!

  5. Old Gator - Oct 22, 2012 at 11:55 PM

    Watching Brian Wilson dancing weirdly in the dugout will be the most lasting image of this game for me. How can any rational being who observed that possibly doubt that he caused it to rain?

    • lazlosother - Oct 23, 2012 at 12:01 AM

      I was watching Wilson as well. If he doesn’t retreat to a Himalayan mountain top in his retirement to act as head guru for the planet earth, well I’m going to be disappointed.

    • cur68 - Oct 23, 2012 at 12:01 AM

      Wilson is Aquaman? Does Craig know?

  6. redsand84 - Oct 22, 2012 at 11:56 PM

    And that’s why you play a best of series. The Giants are the better team although they lost the first game of both series. Good thing they weren’t part of that one-game playoff crap.

    The cards luck finally ran out.

    • polegojim - Oct 23, 2012 at 12:50 AM

      Agreed and Congrats to Giants. Should be a very good series.

      Go TIGERS!

  7. aceshigh11 - Oct 22, 2012 at 11:58 PM

    Damn, complete smoldering destruction.

    Congratulations to the Giants.

  8. mgflolox - Oct 23, 2012 at 12:01 AM

    Kind of poetic that the last out was a Holliday pop-up to Scutaro, don’t ya think?

    • cur68 - Oct 23, 2012 at 12:02 AM

      I think Jobu was responsible for that.

  9. kicksave1980 - Oct 23, 2012 at 12:10 AM

    As a Cardinals fan, it isn’t much fun at my house right now. That said, it was a good season. Not many people expected this after La Russa, Dave Duncan, and Albert Pujols left. Then Berkman and Furcal go down. After the disappointment, you have to step back and realize that it was a successful year, and there’s no reason they can’t build on this experience. 27 other teams wish they were in a position to play one game for the pennant.

    Congrants to the Giants fan here for a great series. The Giants are looking like a team of destiny right now, and I look forward to watching a great World Series.

    • sailcat54 - Oct 23, 2012 at 12:25 AM

      “27 other teams wish they were in a position to play one game for the pennant.”

      Well said. The Cards played hard and they had a terrific season!

      Moving forward, though, GO GIANTS!

    • materialman80 - Oct 23, 2012 at 4:30 PM

      Kicksave you hit the nail on the head. The Cardinals had a good year and they will have many more because they are the Cardinals. We got close and we will be back!

  10. goawaydog - Oct 23, 2012 at 12:23 AM

    Orange and black, in the rain, the City is jumping tonight. National League CHAMPS! Happy happy joy joy right now.

  11. baymac408 - Oct 23, 2012 at 1:51 AM

    Yes back to the World Series!! That’s giants baseball!! Torture for us fans.. Coming back from death back to back series!! Lets get it GIANTS

  12. franklinandbashandflorio - Oct 23, 2012 at 2:51 AM

    Joe buck and mccarver must go.
    Mccarver: Fred couples and Beltran have the same gait (chuckles).

  13. franklinandbashandflorio - Oct 23, 2012 at 2:59 AM

    Old Gator | Oct 22, 2012, 8:55 PM PDT
    Watching Brian Wilson dancing weirdly in the dugout will be the most lasting image of this game for me. How can any rational being who observed that possibly doubt that he caused it to rain?

    ————–

    So you’re saying that Wilson did a rain dance. Thanks for the Ignorant comment!

  14. xjokerz - Oct 23, 2012 at 4:02 AM

    Good luck vs my tigers… Gonna need it.

    • sailcat54 - Oct 23, 2012 at 12:57 PM

      The Tigers and their benighted fans need to understand the Giants are not the disorganized and demoralized Yankees they saw last week. If they have deluded themselves into thinking the Gigantes are going to roll over, too, they might as well forfeit the WS now and save themselves the embarrassment of being whooped by a determined Giants team on national TV.

      Go Giants!

  15. adeedothatswho - Oct 23, 2012 at 4:52 AM

    So proud of the Gigantes right now. Never say die, never give up. Hunter Pence getting hot at the right time. Marco Scutaro pulling a WIll Clark. What an incredible team. GO GIANTS!!!!!!!!!

  16. loungefly74 - Oct 23, 2012 at 8:55 AM

    HUM BABY!!!!!!!!

  17. stlouis1baseball - Oct 23, 2012 at 9:14 AM

    Congratulations to the San Francisco Giants. Great series.
    You guys played outstanding baseball (especially the last three games).
    A well deserved series win!
    Here’s to hoping you finish the job and keep the World Series trophy in the NL where it belongs.
    GO NATIONAL LEAGUE!

    • jimeejohnson - Oct 23, 2012 at 11:00 AM

      Classy comment from a classy guy from a classy city. The Giants outscored St. Louis 20-1 in Games 5, 6, and 7, giving the Cardinal’s pitchers just about no run support. That’s the bottom line.

      • stlouis1baseball - Oct 23, 2012 at 12:10 PM

        Thanks Jimee. I just try to call it like I see it. Try to be gracious and whatnot. It’s much easier than carrying a chip on your shoulder. The Giants flat took the Cardinals behind the wood shed the last three games. Beat like a borrowed mule if you will. Hats off to them.

  18. mvp43 - Oct 23, 2012 at 9:32 AM

    The only way that this could’ve gone any better was if Tony LaRussa was still the manager. Everytime I see that jag Chris Carpenter and that smug look on his face I will think of game 7 and how the Cardinals got blown out ……….and smile.

    • stlouis1baseball - Oct 23, 2012 at 12:08 PM

      Chris Carpenter isn’t a Military Lawyer.
      I am sure he would make a good one though (no different than his ability as a pitcher).
      Thanks for your positive post though 43. Have a wonderful day.

      • historiophiliac - Oct 23, 2012 at 1:21 PM

        bahahaha

        your 1st line cracked me up

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