Tuesday, October 12, 2010

The Giants Out-1-Run The Braves

San Francisco Giants vs. Atlanta Braves
Giants win series, 3-1

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The Giants advance to the NLCS in historic fashion.

Although they defeated the Braves 3 games to 1 and took the series in 4 games, it was a lot closer than it looked.

The scores: 1-0, 4-5, 3-2, 3-2

The Giants and Braves were either tied or within 1 run for 22 consecutive innings to end the series which is the longest streak in major league postseason history. The old record was 18 consecutive innings, which was done on 4 different occasions.

This was only the second time ever that a postseason series began with 4 or more 1-run games. The 1972 World Series between the Oakland A's and the Cincinnati Reds is the other time. That series began with 5 consecutive 1-run games and the A's defeated the Reds in 7 games with only Game 6 NOT being a 1-run game.

This Giants-Braves series, however, will go down as the only series where the entire series was a 1-run affair.

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So now the Giants move on to face the Philadelphia Phillies in the NLCS for the rights to go to the World Series.

This will be the Giants 5th trip to the NLCS (1971, 1987, 1989, 2002, 2010) as they chase the ever so elusive World Series title. They are 0-3 in the World Series (1962, 1989, 2002) since moving to San Francisco in 1958 and haven't won a championship since 1954 as the then-New York Giants.

The Giants victory also created another historic event--

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The last game ever managed by Bobby Cox.

Cox will next take his 2,504 regular-season victories, 16 trips to the playoffs and 1 World Series title (1995) to Cooperstown.

Farewell, Bobby!

Stats courtesy of the Elias Sports Bureau

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