Completing their second rare comeback of the postseason, the Giants subdued the St. Louis Cardinals, 9-0, on Monday to win Game 7 of the National League Championship Series and advance to a World Series confrontation against the Detroit Tigers.
After holding a 3-1 NLCS lead, the Cardinals were unable to clinch a second straight NL pennant after Kyle Lohse struggled early and the bats remained in slumber, falling to the Giants, 9-0, in Game 7 on Monday night.
The Joe Kelly pitch was a fastball. The Hunter Pence hit was a curveball. The result was the weirdest broken-bat double you'll ever see, a screwball hit that sliced away from Cardinals shortstop Pete Kozma, emptied the bases and blew Game 7 of the NLCS wide open.
Jhonny Peralta endured a rough regular season at the plate, but something clicked for the Tigers' shortstop once the playoffs began. He can't really explain it, and neither can manager Jim Leyland, but Peralta has suddenly found his 2011 form.