The San Francisco Giants will be looking to end a century’s worth of heartbreak in postseason winner-take-all games in a best-of-seven series when they face the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 7 of the National League Championship Series.
Their 0-5 record in best-of-seven deciding games is the worst in major-league history.
The run dates back to their time as the New York Giants.
In 1912, they lost to the Boston Red Sox. The Giants blew a 2-1 10th-inning lead with their ace, Christy Mathewson pitching. The Red Sox scored twice in the 10th, the key play being a muffed fly ball by center fielder Fred Snodgrass to lead off the frame.
In 1924, they blew a 3-1 lead in the eighth inning and lost to the Washington Senators, 4-3 in 12 innings. The winning run scored on Earl McNeely’s double after the Giants made two errors earlier in the inning.
Legend has it that the winning hit took a bad hop over the head of the Giants' third baseman (Fred Lindstrom) because it hit a pebble.
NLCS Game 7 History
In 1962, they lost Game 7 of the World Series 1-0 to the New York Yankees. The Giants had runners on second and third with two outs in the ninth when Hall-of-Famer Willie McCovey lined to second base to end the series.
In 1987, they lost to the St. Louis Cardinals, 6-0. Jose Oquendo, who hit one home run all season, hit a three-run home run in the second inning to put the game away.
In 2002, they blew a 5-0 lead to the Anaheim Angels in Game 6 and then lost Game 7, 4-1. Garret Anderson had the go-ahead hit, a three-run double in the fourth inning.
The Giants got the tying run to the plate in three different innings, but could not get the key hit they needed.
They’ll be trying to win against a Cardinals team that is 11-4 all-time in Game 7s.
The win total and win percentage are the best for any team in major-league history.
The Cardinals have also won six straight winner-take-all games, tied for the longest-ever streak of success.
That streak also belonged to the Cardinals and ended in 1968, when they lost Game 7 of the World Series to the Detroit Tigers, a series in which they blew a 3-games-to-1-lead.
The Cardinals have players familiar with key Game 7 moments on their roster. The last time they played Game 7 of the NLCS, they beat the New York Mets, the go-ahead hit coming on a two-run home run by Yadier Molina.