Giants Hold on To Win Game 1 of NLDS

Just two days removed from walloping Pittsburgh in the Wild Card game, the San Francisco Giants took Game 1 of the National League Division Series against the Washington Nationals, 3-2.

The Giants jumped out to a 2-0 lead with RBIs by second baseman Joe Panik and first baseman Brandon Belt in the third and fourth innings, respectively. In the seventh, catcher Buster Posey added one more on an RBI single. On the defensive end, mid-season acquisition Jake Peavy had the best postseason start of his career. He took a no-hitter into the fifth inning, ending after 5 ⅔ innings pitched and allowing no runs, two hits and three walks.

From there, Peavy handed the ball to the bullpen. Rookie Hunter Strickland finished off the sixth inning, but then in the seventh gave up home runs to left-fielder Bryce Harper and second baseman Asdrubal Cabrera, making it 3-2 before Jeremy Affeldt came in and finished the inning. Sergio Romo got into a jam in the eighth, but pitched out of it unscathed, and closer Santiago Casilla pitched a perfect ninth to end the game.

With the win, the Giants set the record for most consecutive playoff games won. Dating back to Game 5 of the 2012 National League Championship Series, the Giants have won nine straight postseason games.

Game 2 of the series will be at 2:30 p.m. tomorrow, October 4, with Giants’ veteran Tim Hudson facing the Nationals’ Jordan Zimmermann, who threw a no-hitter the last game he started.