The city seems to be a little brighter with the San Francisco Giants in the playoffs. BART is full of fans, bars are roaring and people are sporting orange and black swag all around town as the Giants take on the St. Louis Cardinals in a three-game stand at Busch Stadium that started at 1 p.m. PDT today on the Fox channel.
What turned torture to joy for gamers: Monday night the Giants won the second of their seven-game series against the Cardinals by a score of 7-1, to tie it up at one game each.
After coming back from a 0-2 deficit to eliminate the Cincinnati Reds in the division series, the Giants were back in the fight for a World Series spot, battling it out with the Cardinals in the National League Championship Series. The Cardinals won the first game with a strong offensive start; the final score was 6-4.
Game two was different from the get-go. Giant Angel Pagan crushed the fourth pitch of the game to hit his second lead-off homer of this postseason. He became the second player, after Jimmy Rollins, to hit two home runs to lead off games in a single postseason.
After being hit by a hard slide into second base by Cardinal Matt Holiday, Giant Marco Scutaro overcame hip pain to hit a two-out, bases-loaded single that scored two runs.
The Giants’ win at AT&T Park also broke the home field jinx after a string of recent postseason losses in San Francisco. Today fans will see whether the team is able to extend that momentum on the road.