If adversity is strength, the Giants are a very, very strong team. They do not make it easy on themselves or their fans, either. But they are not out of it yet, and have been in this place before, like for instance, 2012 vs Cincinnati.
Getting Super-Aroldis was huge, it must have put doubts in the Cubs mind as to whether they could lose this series. Or does that really happen? Maybe only in the minds of the fans. But that's good enough for today. Too bad that, once that happened, the fans then had to believe that the Giants can also blow saves, because they did. I felt bad for Romo, who went an inning too far, but it shows that, after all the struggles this season, the Giants still don't really have a closer. That is not true of the other teams, and may hurt the Giants yet (again). Our ace, Madison Bumgarner, was not his uber-self. 101 pitches in 5 innings, mainly because used 40-something in the 2nd, when the Cubs got a home run and then put runners on before we got out 3 outs. But he went 5, and then the Giants chipped, chipped, chipped until they were able to take the lead, in spite of what seemed to be bad calls inevitably going against the Giants. The rest of the pitchers looked great. Law gave us 2, Strickland 1, Smith 1 and rookie Ty Blach 2. He got the win. Buster went 3 for 5. Span and Crawford were each 2 for 6. Conor Gilaspie was the hero against Chapman, and Joe Panik (3 for 4) came through in a big way in the 13th. We need his bat. I'm exhausted and we have to do this again today.
Meanwhile, one of the most annoying-fanbase teams got eliminated and another is down 2 – 1. The AL is going to sit around until the AL Championship series starts between the Blue Jays and Tribe.