(Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)
Let's see, what does 8 2/3 innings, three hits, five strikeouts and not giving up a single run with a one run lead get you in Game 2 of the NLDS. It gives you a closer who couldn't close the deal. Oh, I forgot to mention it was Jordan Zimmerman, who threw such a gem and I also fail to include he retired 18 straight batters before giving up a walk in the ninth inning with two outs that led manager Matt Williams, a former Giant great, to pull him for a relief pitcher name Drew Storen. After the leadoff walk by Joe Panik which led to the pitching change. Buster Posey came up and lined a single up the middle. The table was set Pablo Sandoval who ties the game with an RBI double in the 9th eventually sending the game into extra innings. Take a look (via MLB.com) At the time the Buster Posey play at the plate was the biggest play of the game. Jordan Zimmerman and Giants ace Tim Hudson became an afterthought as the Giants and Nationals played an additional nine innings before Brandon Belt put his two cents in. Take a look at Brandon as he Belt's his game winning home run. (MLB.com) Quiet on the set! The nitty gritty Giants snatch game two right out of the Nationals hand. Giants are up 2-0 in the best of five and are headed back to San Francisco where Madison Bumgarner is slated to pitch Game 3 on Tuesday night. San Francisco seems poised to win it again as its once again an even year. The last two even years (2010 and 2012) have result in Giants World Series championships. Here's an interesting fact about the 6 hours and 23 minute marathon.
Tim Hudson was also the starting pitcher for Atlanta in the only other 18-inning postseason game in Major League history, a 7-6 victory by the Houston Astros over the Braves in the National League Division Series in 2005. Saturday's game, which lasted 6 hours, 26 minutes, replaced the 2005 game as the longest by time in playoff history.
-LeRoy McConnell III
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