Giants Can Clinch Tonight

The orange and black are up 2-1 in the best-of-five and can wrap it up tonight

By Lori Preuitt
|  Monday, Oct 11, 2010  |  Updated 5:41 PM PDT
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ATLANTA - OCTOBER 10: Freddy Sanchez #21 of the San Francisco Giants celebrates after scoring the winning run during the 9th inning of Game Three of the NLDS of the 2010 MLB Playoffs on October 10, 2010 at Turner Field in Atlanta, Georgia. .The Giants defeated the Braves with a final score of 3-2 (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

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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.

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