Giants keep conjuring up October magic

October 16, 2014 Posted by admin

SA N FRANCISCO — The Giants find October heroes. They find a way to win while opponents find a way to lose. That is the Giants way.

One more victory in the NLCS and the Giants will be looking to win their third World Series in five years.

San Francisco turns average players into October gold, time and again.

Bringing out the best is a way of life for the Giants, Bruce Bochy, and the front office and it all paid off again Wednesday night when they stormed back from a 4-1 deficit en route to a 6-4 victory over the sloppy-fielding Cardinals at ATT Park.

That is not usually the Cardinals way, but the Giants own a 3-1 lead in the NLCS and can close St. Louis Thursday night at home. Then the Giants can try to stall another I-70 team, the amazing Royals who swept the Orioles to advance to the World Series for the first time since 1985.

The Giants continue to win without home runs — they have two this postseason — but they do get contributions from so many different players and Wednesday night was no different. They put the pressure on the Cardinals and the Cardinals wilted, this time first baseman Matt Adams made two shaky throws in the Giants’ three-run sixth inning.

Third base coach Tim Flannery said the Giants lead baseball in RTIs, “Runs Thrown In,’’ and this night was no different, one game after Cardinals reliever Randy Choate threw away the game on a bunt.

Though these gritty Giants don’t win pretty, give them credit for fighting back.

Brandon Crawford scored the go-ahead run on Joe Panik’s grounder to first in the sixth as Adams stepped on first and threw off the mark to second, allowing Crawford to score.

“Me and Flannery had just talked about that situation so it is kind of funny that it happened that way,’’ Crawford said. “Shuffle down and get a read, it worked out pretty good. That’s the reason for our success in the postseason, we’ve been doing a lot of the little things right that kind of go unnoticed.’’

The Giants philosophy is to get players who do not wilt in October. Rely on strong pitching and make smart plays and like the Royals, they have a terrific bullpen with a knockout closer in Santiago Casilla.

Casilla, who picked up his second save in the NLCS, was signed as a free agent after the 2009 season, at the age of 29, away from the A’s. He had a 5.96 ERA that season.

And reliever Yusmeiro Petit, who was sent to the Marlins by the Mets in the Carlos Delgado deal, saved the Giants with three innings of one-hit relief after starter Ryan Vogelsong struggled, giving up four runs in three innings.

“They get these guys off the scrap heap and they get their batteries recharged,’’ manager Bochy told the Post of the Giants’ front office philosophy. “We try to create the best environment that we can to help these guys.’’

In that sixth inning the Giants got key contributions from the likes of Juan Perez, Crawford, Matt Duffy and mainstay Buster Posey, who had three RBIs. Perez replaced Travis Ishikawa, who produced a huge three-run double in the 5-4 win Tuesday night.

In 2010, Cody Ross was the Giants big bat on their way to winning the World Series while in 2012 it was Marco Scutaro who led the offensive charge. Both were NLCS MVPs. Ross was picked up on waivers from the Marlins.

In 2012, the joke around the Giants clubhouse was the nickname they pinned on Scutaro. While other teams were making big trades, Giants GM Brian Sabean picked up Scutaro from the Rockies. Because of his impact, the nickname “Blockbuster’’ was hung on Scutaro.

“We do think that with what we have here, the fan base, sold out every game, the cooler weather, the big city, that this really renews their energy, it recharges their battery when they come over here,’’ Bochy said. “They realize how great we have it here.’’

The Giants find saviors. They find a way, the Giants way.

Article source: http://nypost.com/2014/10/16/heres-why-the-giants-keep-conjuring-up-october-magic/

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