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Monday, October 25, 2021

SF Giants: 10 games the NL West won

Months of disbelief from every corner of the baseball world finally led to the unmistakable truth about these San Francisco Giants.

They really are championship material.

Yet the kind of magic that happened at raucous Oracle Park on Sunday, when the Giants won the National League West title, appeared out of nowhere.

It was a long, sometimes harrowing journey that led to an impossible title win over the San Francisco Padres. The unexpected path to the glory of the Giants included a few forks in the road and obstacles along the way. None was enough to allow the Dodgers to become division champions for the ninth time in a row.

Pitcher Logan Webb will be long remembered for his starring role on Sunday, when his seven strong innings and the first home run of his career highlighted an 11-4 victory on the final day of the regular season. But not to be forgotten are the many magical moments that pave the way for a franchise-record 107 wins and a division crown by the shortest margin.

After all, Webb might not get to enjoy a game for Sunday’s age if Mike Tauchman doesn’t climb the Dodger Stadium wall in May to rob Albert Pujols of a game-winning home run.

Dominic Lyon may not get the title-winning record and victoriously embrace Buster Posey on Sunday if Wilmer Flores doesn’t blast a game-winning homer, a ninth inning from Dodgers Kenley Jensen in July.

And of course, manager Gabe Kapler doesn’t get to grab the microphone to celebrate the division win with the crowd if Lamonte Wade Jr. doesn’t hit a pinch-hit, game-winning homer in the ninth against the A in August. Is.

Still trying to figure out how the Giants conquered the West? In chronological order, here are 10 games that were turning points for the Giants that might help you understand:


May 28: Tauchman’s Takeaway

Giants 8, Dodgers 5 (10 innings)

game recap

The Giants were inches away from a disastrous loss in Los Angeles, but left fielder Mike Touchman leapt over the fence to catch Albert Pujols’ walk-off home run in the ninth inning.

Reliever Tyler Rogers surrendered a game-tying homer to pinch hitter Austin Barnes to a three-run homer when Pujols launched as a game-winner.

Evan Longoria’s two-run double was then a big blow in the 10th inning of the Dodgers’ three-run double by Dodgers close Kenley Jensen who won it. The victory from behind pulled the Giants into a first-place match with the Dodgers.

Quote: “Sometimes the ball goes in, sometimes it doesn’t, and at that point it does. I’m just here to make plays for the boys.” — Mike Tauchman


June 23: After further review, the Giants win

Giants 9, Angels 3 (13 innings)

ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA – JUNE 23: Buster Posey #28 of the San Francisco Giants tags Juan Lagares #19 of the Los Angeles Angels on home plate in the 12th inning at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on June 23, 2021 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Kellyanne Mulcahy/Getty Images)

game recap

You have to see it to believe it. Fireworks were set off in Anaheim while the Angels dropped on the field to celebrate the victory over the Giants.. until a quick replay review ruled that Buster Posey had indeed fired Jose Lagares to end the 12th inning. was tagged.

Then, in the 13th with the Angels employing an outfielder on catcher and a pitcher in left field, the Giants exploded for seven. Not only did 13 innings mark the longest game since the runners-on-second rule was established, but the Giants had not scored seven runs in an extra innings in 81 years.

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