Giants Eliminate the Padres, Take National League West Title

In the end, San Francisco Giants starter Jonathan Sanchez and five relievers shutout the San Diego Padres 3-0 at home to clinch the National League West. Sanchez got the win, closer Brian Wilson tied the franchise record with his 48th save, and Buster Posey hit a home run in his last at bat of the season.

sflogo copyBut the Giants last game of the 2010 regular season on Sunday October 3, 2010, was anything but an easy win. Sanchez had trouble with finding the handle on his pitches, matching his five strike-outs with five walks before he was pulled by Manager Bruce Bochy after five+ innings. The Giants hit Padre starter Mat Latos hard to start the game, but every line drive was a glove magnet. The Giants scored their first two runs in the third the old fashioned way: a triple by pitcher Sanchez, a two-out single by second baseman Freddie Sanchez and a two out double from first-bagger Aubrey Huff.

Along the way five Giants relievers threw four innings, giving up no runs, 1 hit, and no walks. The Padres had a number of scoring chances, leaving nine runners on base, but only managed to hit four singles the entire game.

The Giants used relentless pitching, sharp defense and timely hitting in a game that demanded relentless pitching, sharp defense and timely hitting. To seal the win in the 8th inning, Buster Posey hit his 18th home run of the year, which capped off his historic rookie season as a Giant.

Now the Giants will face the NL Wild Card winning Atlanta Braves in the best of five Division Series:

Games 1 & 2 – at San Francisco

Thu       Oct 7   6:30PM PST  TBS
Fri          Oct 8   6:30PM PST  TBS

Games 3 & 4 – at Atlanta
Sun       Oct 10  1:30PM PST  TBS
Mon       Oct 11  5:30PM PST  TBS

Game 5 – at San Francisco
Wed      Oct 13  6:30PM PST  TBS

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