They say that history repeats itself. But for the San Francisco Giants, that might only be the case in even number years.
The 2010 and 2012 World Series champs moved on Tuesday night with a 3-2 win over the Washington Nationals. And the Giants will advance to take on the St. Louis Cardinals in a rematch of the Nationals League Championship Series in 2012, when San Francisco went on to win in seven games and then sweep the World Series.
The win at AT&T Park ends what was a match-up that defined the stereotypical MLB playoff series. San Francisco won all three of its games by a single run; and even more amazingly, never scored more than three runs in a game the entire time.
But neither team could get the offense going in any of the four games. Washington was able to score four runs in its game three win. It was the only game where either side scored more than three runs and the three-run victory was the largest margin that any game ended in. All of that includes game two, which was essentially two. Only three total runs came home in the 18 inning affair - a game San Francisco won 2-1.
And the series clincher wasn't a whole lot different for the Giants. San Francisco scored their three runs on a walk, wild pitch and groundout. Two came against starter Gio Gonzalez and the game-winner was charged to Matt Thornton in the seventh. The three were, once again, enough for the home side which rode Ryan Vogelsong for 5.2 innings before a quad of relievers got the job done.
Harper stepped up
The Nationals managed to even the score at one point in the seventh inning when Bryce Harper hit his third home run of the series. This time, Harper's shot came splashing down into McCovey Cove on the fly after his shot on Monday nearly got wet too. Washington's stand-alone man on offense shot Hunter Strickland a stare while running around the bases after Strickland told reporters that he would challenge Harper if they were to matchup.
But that was the closest Washington would get to victory. The Giants scored the go-ahead run in the bottom half of the inning when Joe Panik scored on a wild pitch with the bases loaded by Aaron Barrett.
Sergio Romo and Santiago Casilla teamed up to throw hit-less eighth and ninths in the win.