Top 10 moments in Giants playoff history

Getty Images File PhotoShortly before Game 3 of the 1989 World Series between the Giants and the Oakland A's started the infamous 6.9-magnitude Loma Prieta earthquake struck the Bay Area

Getty Images File PhotoShortly before Game 3 of the 1989 World Series between the Giants and the Oakland A's started the infamous 6.9-magnitude Loma Prieta earthquake struck the Bay Area

A look at the top ten memorable moments in Giants World Series history.

1989: Game 3, World Series

The Giants were looking forward to returning home after losing the first two games of the World Series to the cross-Bay rival A’s. Only moments before Game 3 was to begin, the 6.9-magnitude Loma Prieta earthquake struck, shaking and cracking Candlestick Park, killing 63 in the Bay Area and causing widespread damage. The Bay Bridge Series was delayed for 10 days, and the A’s finished off the Giants by winning the next two games.

1962: Game 7, World Series

The Giants’ first appearance in the Fall Classic since moving to San Francisco in 1958 had one of the most dramatic finishes in World Series history. The New York Yankees scored once in the fifth inning of Game 7, and that run stood until the bottom of the ninth inning. Willie McCovey stepped in and drilled a line drive with two on and two out that Yankees second baseman Bobby Richardson snared, bringing the World Series to an end.

2012: Game 1, World Series

Having been pushed to the brink in their two previous postseason series, Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval made sure that wouldn’t happen in the World Series. “Kung Fu Panda” launched a trio of home runs, two off Detroit Tigers ace Justin Verlander, as the Giants rolled to an 8-3 victory. Sandoval joined an exclusive list of players who have gone deep three times in a World Series game, as just Babe Ruth (twice), Reggie Jackson and Albert Pujols had done it previously. It set the Giants up for what would be a four-game Series sweep.

4. LINCECUM'S 14 K’s
2010: Game 1, NL Division Series

Following the Giants’ six-year absence from the playoffs, two-time NL Cy Young Award winner Tim Lincecum took the mound to start a new era of Giants history. “The Freak” lived up to his other nickname, “The Franchise,” by dominating the Atlanta Braves. Lincecum struck out 14 — a franchise postseason record — and allowed a mere two hits in a 1-0 victory. Rookie Buster Posey was called safe on a controversial steal of second base, which later led to the only run of the game.

1989: Game 5, NL Championship Series

Looking for a trip to the World Series for the first time since 1962, the Giants used a patchwork pitching staff and a potent offense to win the NL West title. Facing the Chicago Cubs in the NL Championship Series, the Giants entered Game 5 leading the series 3-1. With the game tied 1-1 in the eighth inning, Will Clark tripled and scored on Kevin Mitchell’s sacrifice fly in the eventual 3-2 victory. Clark was named NLCS MVP. Pitcher Dave Dravecky broke his pitching arm during the postgame celebration — the same arm he would later have amputated due to cancer.

2002: Game 5, World Series

As a 3-year-old bat boy for the Giants, Darren Baker drew quite the following as he hurriedly rushed out to home plate to scoop up a bat and dash back to the dugout. But on this occasion, little Darren — the son of manager Dusty Baker — popped out of the dugout to retrieve Kenny Lofton’s bat a little too quickly. J.T. Snow was in the process of scoring from second base on Lofton’s seventh-inning triple when he spotted Darren and swept him into his arms to take him out of harm’s way. The Giants crushed the Anaheim Angels 16-4.

7. ‘HacMan’ POWER SHOW
1987: NL Championship Series

After the Giants finally ended a playoff drought dating to 1971, Jeffrey Leonard stole the show despite the team losing the seven-game series to the St. Louis Cardinals. The “HacMan” smashed home runs in each of the first four games — a record for any league championship series. Leonard drew the ire of the Cardinals for his slow trots around the bases. Nonetheless, he was voted Most Valuable Player of the series and is the last player to date to be named MVP from a losing team.

2002: Game 5, NL Championship Series

The Giants won a dramatic five-game series against the Atlanta Braves in the NL Division Series, and then power pitching and hitting took over in the NL Championship Series against the St. Louis Cardinals. Leading 3-1 in the series, Game 5 was tied 1-1 entering the bottom of the ninth. With two outs, David Bell and Shawon Dunston singled, bringing up Kenny Lofton, who delivered the pennant-clinching victory by singling to right, scoring Bell from second.

2003: Game 4, NL Division Series

A year after appearing in the World Series, the Giants won the NL West, leading the division for the entire season. Against the Florida Marlins, the Giants trailed in the series 2-1 and the game 7-6 with two out in the top of the ninth inning. With J.T. Snow on second and Ray Durham on first, Jeffrey Hammonds lined a single to left field. Snow raced toward home, only to be thrown out by Jeff Conine in a violent collision with catcher Ivan Rodriguez, who was sent sprawling but popped up with the ball.

2002: Game 6, World Series

Just eight outs away from winning the first World Series title since playing in San Francisco, manager Dusty Baker pulled starter Russ Ortiz with two on and one out in the seventh inning of a 5-0 game against the Anaheim Angels. Baker gave Ortiz the game ball as he walked off the mound. However, that may have jinxed the Giants as Felix Rodriguez promptly gave up a three-run homer and the Angels scored three more in the eighth to win 6-5 and force Game 7. The Angels won the decisive game 4-1.

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