Giants of past and present lend support to 2012 team

Christian Petersen/Getty ImagesDoing it all: Matt Cain’s RBI single Monday marked the third straight playoff game a Giants pitcher has driven in a run

The Giants have no shortage of postseason veterans on the active roster, though several players who haven’t taken the field have been hanging around the team during this postseason run as well.

Freddy Sanchez, who hasn’t played all year, has been helping out during pregame warmups, and Will Clark and J.T. Snow have both been mainstays around AT&T Park all season. The Giants have had past playoff heroes throw out the first pitch at each home game, including Clark, Jeffrey Leonard, Benito Santiago and Kenny Lofton.

Perhaps the most notable presence is closer Brian Wilson, who missed the majority of the season after having Tommy John surgery in April. He’s been up to his usual antics in the clubhouse and the dugout during games.

“I try not to watch Brian, to be honest,” manager Bruce Bochy said with a laugh before Monday’s game. “I’ve got enough to watch during the game, and he can distract you in the dugout. “But I’ll say this, he’s been there for the guys, he’s pulling for them.

“He’s been a great cheerleader. He does a great job keeping the guys loose and having fun with this.”

Complete players: Matt Cain’s RBI single in the second inning Monday marked the third consecutive game a Giants starting pitcher has driven in a run.

It is the first time in major-league history a pitcher has driven in a run in three consecutive playoff games and the first time three Giants pitchers have done it in one series since 1924, when Rosy Ryan, Jack Bently and Hugh McQuillan each recorded an RBI in the World Series.

Streak-buster: Neither the Giants nor the St. Louis Cardinals had lost an elimination game in some time before Monday’s winner-take-all contest at AT&T Park.

The Giants have now won six in a row this postseason after not finding themselves in that situation during their run to the 2010 World Series championship.

The Cardinals won four elimination games on their way to the 2011 title — two each against the Philadelphia Phillies and Texas Rangers — and won the decisive Game 5 against the Washington Nationals in this year’s NL Division Series, but couldn’t seal the deal once again Monday.

Joining the club: In the past 35 years of postseason play, 15 teams have won Game 6 at home to force a Game 7.
Of those teams, 14 have now gone on to win the decisive game, with the 2006 New York Mets the only losers, who fell to the Cardinals in the NLCS.

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