Last month, the Giants announcers described the way the Giants play - and win - as torture. And it has become the team slogan. Torture.
Well, the torture continues. Game 3 gave the fans a severe case of torture yesterday. What amount of torture can you receive when your pitcher tosses a two-hit shutout? Well, if you're leading 4-0 or 6-0 or 10-0, not much. But when almost the entire game has a 1-0 score, it's torture. That means that every single batter the pitcher faces during the whole game is either the potential tying run or the potential go-ahead run. That's torture.
When two pitchers toss two-hit shutouts with 1-0 leads, that's double torture. Lincecum did it in game 1. Sanchez did it for most of game 3. With 2 out and 2 strikes in the bottom of the 8th, and a runner on, the pinch hitter was the potential go-ahead run. And he hit a home run. Torture. If the score had been 5-0 it would have not been a bit deal. Then with 2 strikes and 2 outs in the 9th inning, the Giants one strike away from losing - torture - Freddie Sanchez gets a hit up the middle. Huff drives him in. The Braves make an error. Giants take the lead...for a few minutes anyway. Torture. Then in the bottom of the 9th with a one run lead, Wilson gives up an infield hit to bring the winning run up to the plate. Torture. When Matt Cain pitches a gem, and the bullpen torches it in the 8th inning, that's torture. When Buster Posey hits into a double play in extra innings with the bases loaded instead of driving in the winning run, that's torture.
You know what else is torture? The only one-run games in the whole post-season so far have been every single Giants game.