Two years ago, Barry Zito and Pablo Sandoval were stuck on the bench. In Game 1 of the World Series, they stole the show.
Down two games, needing to win three straight to avoid elimination. The Giants have been here before.
Matt Cain pitched well, but the Giants stranded 11 runners in a rain-delayed 3-1 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals.
Behind the might of Buster Posey and the mastery of their bullpen, the Giants defied the odds and advanced to the National League Championship Series.
The Giants’ table-setters had forgotten how to arrange the silverware in the first three games. But something clicked on Wednesday.
On the brink of elimination, the Giants clawed their way to a season-saving win over Cincinnati.
The A’s and Giants are both in win-or-go-home situations, but both have the talent — and the heart — to win three straight.