In a post-season full of twists and turns, the San Francisco Giants are headed back to the World Series after a big comeback against the defending champs.
Hunter Pence got the Giants going with a weird double, Matt Cain pitched his second clincher of October and San Francisco closed out Game 7 of the NL championship series in a driving rainstorm, routing the St. Louis Cardinals 9-0 Monday night.
San Francisco won its record-tying sixth elimination game of the post-season, completing a lopsided rally from a 3-1 deficit.
“These guys never quit,” Manager Bruce Bochy said. “They just kept believing and they got it done.”
Injured closer Brian Wilson, with that out-of-control bushy black beard, danced in the dugout and fans in the sellout crowd of 43,056 kept twirling their orange rally towels even through rain in the late innings — a downright downpour when Sergio Romo retired Matt Holliday on a popup to Marco Scutaro to end it.
“This rain never felt so good,” said Scutaro, who won the NLCS MVP award.