As much as a club can point to a series at the beginning of June and say that it might just end up being the most crucial four games of the year, the San Francisco Giants left St. Louis last night knowing that they might have just saved their entire season.
When the Giants arrived at Busch Stadium May 30, they had just lost two out of three in Milwaukee to open the road trip, after being swept at home by the Florida Marlins in a series during which their star catcher and team captain Buster Posey was lost for the season to a broken leg.
To make matters worse, San Francisco limped into the Cardinals series with nearly all of their starters in terrible offensive slumps, continuing a downward slide that had them near the bottom of the National League in batting average and runs scored.
And they would be facing a team that had the highest batting average in the league, scoring runs at a furious pace and burying opponents with their bats.
The big question facing the Giants was whether they could rise to the occasion when it counted.
And did they ever in St. Louis...