A comeback of Giant proportions has San Francisco eyeing another championship parade.
After being down 0-2, a comeback seemed impossible. The Giants were hosting the Reds in San Francisco at one of the loudest parks in all of baseball, but the orange and black was not enough to slow down the Reds in the first two games.
All the Reds had to do was win one game at home to advance to the NLCS. History was on their side and the series seemed over.
Then again, history gets re-written every once in awhile.
Never once in NLDS history, had a team rallied back from 0-2 and won the series. After tying the series 2-2, the Giants had their ace Matt Cain ready to make history.
The ball game was a close 2-0 in the Giants favor until Buster Posey opened the game up with only the third grand slam in Giants history. The shot gave San Francisco a commanding 6-0 lead on Cincinnati.
Posey not only did it with his bat, but added to his MVP caliber season with his glove, by throwing out Jay Bruce at third base to cut the Reds rally at 6-3.
With help from the bullpen, the Giants fended off the Reds from rallying back and won the game 6-4.
The win also made the Giants the first team in playoff history to lose their first two games at home and the win the series by winning three straight games on the road.
If any team was built to make history like this, it was the Giants.
San Francisco does not have the fire power of an offensive powerhouse, but they have enough around Posey to beat their opponent. The real factor here is the deep Giants pitching.
When you have a two-time Cy Young winner in Tim Lincecum, coming out of the bullpen, you have a deep pitching staff. In relief, Lincecum went 1-0 with a 1.42 ERA in two appearances. He struck out eight and walked zero, showing pure dominance.
Lincecum is likely to start in the NLCS after dominating this series and Barry Zito having a rough start.
The Giants ability to deal with adversity all year makes them a very dangerous team. This team lost both Brian Wilson and Melky Cabrera during the season and did far from crumble.
Orange October is alive and ready to go, no matter who San Francisco plays next.