MLB: A Retrospective Of October 2014, NLCS

(originally written October 2014)

NLWC: SF/PIT  ALWC: OAK/KC  NLDS A: LA/STL  NLDS B: SF/WAS  ALDS A: KC/LAA  ALDS B: DET/BAL  NLCS:  SF/STL  ALCS: KC/BAL  WS: SF/KC

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Here, in Part 7 of our 2014 MLB Postseason retrospective, we'll revisit the National League Championship Series (SF/STL).

Bumgarner/Wong Non-Call, Game 1
Bumgarner/Wong Non-Call, Game 1

In the bottom of the 7th, the Giants led 3-0—but St. Louis threatened, putting two on with one out against Madison Bumgarner. The Giants ace induced an 0-2 grounder to first from Kolten Wong , then raced to cover the vacated bag. 1B Brandon Belt tossed to Bumgarner, who tagged/collided with Wong! Looking for any break it could get against Bumgarner, St. Louis cried interference, but umps ruled the tag nullified interference, and the play stood as the second out of the inning.

Ishikawa Ends The NLCS, Game 5
Ishikawa Ends The NLCS, Game 5

Unemployed and contemplating retirement at one low point of 2014, Ishikawa stuck it out and wound up quite possibly the least likely postseason hero of his generation. With two on, one out and a 3-3 tie, a simple base hit wins the game for SF. But Ishikawa went a step—okay, a lotta steps—further by driving a 2-0 Michael Wacha heater over the high brick wall in RF, ending the postseason in incredible walk-off style.

Here, in Part 7 of our 2014 MLB Postseason retrospective, we'll revisit the National League Championship Series (SF/STL).

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