Emotional Krukow Compares Game 4 Loss to Cubs to 2002 World Series

The Giants' 2016 season came to an end in stunning fashion on Tuesday night.

On Wednesday morning, Mike Krukow wore his emotions on his sleeve.

"I'm not doing that well. I'm not doing that well," Krukow said on KNBR 680. "I didn't get any sleep. I laid in bed last night thinking to myself, 'When did I ever see anything like this? When did I ever experience anything like this?' And in 2002 -- it's the exact same feeling.

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"When the Giants had a world championship in the palm of their hands in Game 6, and here comes the Angels. And you couldn't stop it. You couldn't stop it. It just slipped right through your fingers, and that's exactly how that felt last night.

"There was no doubt in my mind that the Giants were getting on a plane and going back to Chicago, and there was no doubt in my mind that they were gonna take big-time momentum into Game 5, and there was no doubt in my mind that they were gonna spoil the party for the Cubs.

"And all of a sudden, it just crumbled. I walked out of that ballpark last night and I was absolutley sick to my stomach ... I'm really, really upset for these guys ... it was awful."

The Orange and Black led 5-2 entering the ninth inning, but the Cubs struck for four runs to win 6-5.

Bruce Bochy elected to pull Matt Moore, who had allowed just two hits and two walks while striking out 10 through eight innings. He had thrown 120 pitches.

Should Moore have started the ninth?

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"Well, you got a lot of playoffs left and here's a guy that just went 120 pitches into a night, struck out 10. I don't know man. Do you subject him? I don't think with the amount of work that he put in, and pitch count, that you can do that," Krukow said. "If it was the World Series, yeah. If it was his last start of the year you extend him, you bet.

"But it isn't the last start of the year. You got two more tiers and you need this guy. So I don't think that's really an argument that's gonna stick around very long ... I don't argue with the fact that he (Bochy) went to the 'pen. I really don't.

"I think Bochy had in his mind that he was gonna piece it together and he was gonna use guys and use the matchups."

A Giants win would have meant a winner-take-all Game 5 at Wrigley Field on Thursday night -- Johnny Cueto vs Jon Lester.

"You know what it all adds up to? It was their (Cubs) time to win," Krukow said. "That's how you have to look at this. I don't fault anybody coming out of that 'pen. For the most part, they did their job. The only ball they hit loud was the (Ben) Zobrist double. One broken bat hit and two hits that were hits because of the damn shift. If you want to be mad at something, be mad at the shift.

"This is a digusting way to lose a game. It's frustrating to the point where you ache and it's gonna hang in there -- not as long as 2002 because of course that was a World Series -- but this is gonna hang for a while."

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