Here are three interesting items from the Division Series on Monday …• Facing the prospect of a three-game sweep, the Giants withstood a game-tying home run in the ninth and prevailed over the Cubs in 13 innings at AT&T Park with a 6-5 walk-off win in Game 3 of the
Here are three interesting items from the Division Series on Monday …
• Facing the prospect of a three-game sweep, the Giants withstood a game-tying home run in the ninth and prevailed over the Cubs in 13 innings at AT&T Park with a 6-5 walk-off win in Game 3 of the National League Division Series to force Game 4 (today, 8:30 p.m. ET/5:30 p.m. PT on FS1). San Francisco has won 10 straight games when facing elimination -- a streak that dates back to a 2-1 victory over the Reds in Game 3 of the 2012 NLDS. Via the Giants press notes, the winning streak is the longest of its kind, with the previous high mark of eight held by the Royals (their run began in Game 5 of the 1985 American League Championship Series and ran through Game 6 of the 2014 World Series). The Giants' victory was secured with Joe Panik's RBI double in the bottom of the 13th. The Giants have had four walk-off hits in their postseason history, with Panik's double the first to come in the 13th inning or later.
• Playing in his 56th career postseason game, Jayson Werth went 3-for-4 with a homer and a walk, and had two runs scored and two RBIs as the Nationals defeated the Dodgers, 8-3, in Game 3 at Dodger Stadium to take a 2-1 lead in the NLDS (Game 4, today, 5 p.m. ET/2 p.m. PT on FS1). Werth's 15th home run tied him with Babe Ruth for the 11th most in postseason history. The list of every player to hit at least 15: Werth (15), Ruth (15), Nelson Cruz (16), Carlos Beltrán (16), Jim Thome (17), David Ortiz (17), Mickey Mantle (18), Reggie Jackson (18), Albert Pujols (19), Derek Jeter (20), Bernie Williams (22) and Manny Ramirez (29).
• The Indians never trailed as they defeated the Red Sox, 4-3, in Game 3 at Fenway Park to sweep the AL Division Series and advance to the ALCS (Game 1 against the Blue Jays, Friday, 8:08 p.m. ET on TBS and, in Canada, Sportsnet and RDS). At 22 years and 331 days old, Francisco Lindor (2-for-4) became the sixth-youngest shortstop to have a multihit line in a clinching victory. The youngest: Edgar Renteria, who was 21 years and 68 days old for the Marlins in their Game 6 victory over the Braves in the 1997 NLCS. At 40 years and 327 days old, Ortiz (0-for-1, sac fly, 2 BBs) became the fourth-oldest player with an RBI with his team facing elimination, behind Julio Franco (43 years, 59 days; two RBIs in a Game 5 loss in the 2001 NLCS), Willie Mays (42 years, 157 days; one RBI in a Game 5 win in the 1973 NLCS) and Vic Davalillo (41 years, 79 days; one RBI in a Game 6 loss in the 1977 World Series).
Roger Schlueter is a statistical researcher and writes for MLB.com.