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San Francisco Giants: 5 Things We Learned During Divisional Round
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The 2012 San Francisco Giants are a resilient bunch.

We already knew that when they lost their starting second baseman, closer and left fielder during the regular season yet still managed to cruise to 94 wins and the NL West title.

However, the National League Division Series proved that this team was historically resilient. After getting outscored 14-2 in the first two games of the series at home, the Giants flew to Cincinnati one loss away from elimination against a 97-win team that had owned them all season, and hadn't lost three in a row at home all year.

No team in a best-of-five series had ever come back from a 2-0 deficit by winning three straight road games. Homer Bailey was no-hitting the Giants with electric stuff in Game 3. All was lost.

Until it wasn't. The Giants gutted out a nail biting 2-1 victory in Game 3, then pounded the Reds 8-3 in Game 4 to force a do-or-die Game 5.

Buster Posey belted a clutch grand slam to give the Giants a 6-0 lead, and the bullpen would hold on for a 6-4 victory as the Giants advanced to the NLCS for the second time in three years.

Everyone probably already knew the Giants were a resilient team, that Posey was the best player in the NL, that the starting rotation was not as good as it was two years ago, that Bruce Bochy can manage and that the team chemistry is off the charts. However, each of those things was magnified to the extreme in the NLDS.

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