The San Francisco Giants continued to torture their fans at Turner Field Sunday night. And again, the torture ended with a "W."
Manager Bruce Bochy joked about the tightness of the game, the series and the season in his post-game news conference. "They call it Giants baseball torture," Bochy said. "It's the way we play, a lot of tight games. If we play enough of them, guys get accustomed to it. They know how big every pitch, every play, every at-bat is."
Monday afternoon, the team from San Francisco can take it all and move on to the NLCS championship series against the Philadelphia Phillies.
First pitch is scheduled for 4:37 p.m. on TBS and it will be thrown by 21-year-old rookie Madison Bumgarner. He will be matched by Braves' ace Derek Lowe, who will be pitching on three days rest.
It's a must win for the Braves. If they lose the season is over.
Every game in the series has been won by one run, so it will not be a surprise if we have ourselves another nail-biter.
Two of the games have been won by hands other than Giants' players. A bad call on a steal to second by Buster Posey was the difference in Game 1 in San Francisco. Three errors by second baseman Brooks Conrad cost the Braves Sunday. "I wish I could just dig a hole," Conrad said after the game, "and sleep in it."
It's an afternoon game for San Francisco fans. And while you wait for the clock to strike 4:30 here is a link to a fun video tribute to 2010 just posted.