The Giants have won 10 postseason games in a row. Let's take a look at how it happened
Winning 10 regular season games in a row isn't cool. You know what's cool?
Well, the Giants have done just that dating back to Game 5 of the 2012 NLCS. They're currently up 2-0 on the Nationals in this year's NLDS and can run their streak to 11 after a victory on Monday night. Let's take a quick look at how they've done it.
October 19, 2012 - Down 3-1 in the NLCS to the Cardinals, Barry Zito pitched 7 2/3 innings of shutout ball to lead his team to a 5-0 victory.
October 21, 2012 - Helped by another solid pitching performance from Ryan Vogelsong (7 IP, 1 ER, 4 H, 9 K) and timely hitting from Pablo Sandoval and Marco Scutaro, the Giants put up a 6-1 victory at AT&T Park. Series. Tied.
October 22, 2012 - The Giants dashed any hopes of a dramatic Game 7 with a 9-0 victory. Five pitchers combined on the shutout and Scutaro, along with contributing three hits, caught the final out. You may recall his rain dance.
October 24, 2012 - After three straight wins, it was off to face the Tigers in the World Series. The Giants relied on Zito again, and the veteran left-hander went 5 2/3 innings -- allowing just six hits and one run. Pitcher/manager Tim Lincecum also came in in relief -- striking out 5 of the 7 batters he faced.
October 25, 2012 - Hey, guess what? Another shutout. Madison Bumgarner struck out eight Tigers, while allowing just two hits over seven innings. Santiago Casilla and Sergio Romo delivered perfect eighth and ninth innings to give the Giants a 2-0 World Series lead and five wins in a row.
October 27, 2012 - Seriously, is there another word for shutout? Vogelsong, Lincecum and Romo outdueled Anibal Sanchez, Joaquin Benoit and Phil Coke to give San Francisco a 3-0 series lead at Comerica Park.
October 28, 2012 - Perhaps the closest game during their seven-game win streak, the Giants edged the Tigers 4-3 thanks to Scutaro's 10th-inning single. Two Fall Classic victories in three years make Romo a very happy man.
October 1, 2014 - Two years later, still shutting out opposing teams. The Giants' eighth consecutive postseason win came in the NL Wild Card Game against the Pirates. Bumgarner went the distance and Brandon Crawford put the game out of reach with a fourth-inning grand slam.
October 3, 2014 - Pitching seems to be a running theme here. Jake Peavy held the Nationals hitless until the fifth inning and ended up allowing just two hits over 5 2/3. He also transformed into The Hulk for a few seconds. Joe Panik contributed to the cause with a triple and the eventual game-winning run.
October 4, 2014 - 10 IN A ROW. In the longest game timewise in postseason history (you could've flown from D.C. to San Francisco during the 6-hour-and-23-minute affair), the Giants pulled off a 2-1 win. Here's the final out.
And here's Brandon Belt's beautiful, yet, exasperated bat flip on his 18th-inning, game-winning homer:
Will the Giants ever lose in October again? Tune into Game 3 of the NLDS at 5 p.m. EST on MLB Network tonight.