Path to the NLCS NLDS:San Francisco over Cincinnati (3 games to 2); St. Louis over Washington (3 games to 2)
This series pitted two of the best bullpens in baseball and two managers who loved to used them. In the end, it was Bruce Bochy's Giants who snuck past Mike Matheny's Cardinals in seven games.
Behind the steady arm of Matt Cain in Game 7, the Giants scored seven runs in the first three innings, then one in the eighth and ninth to cruise to a 9-0 clinching victory.
Sergio Romo, Jose Mijares, Javier Lopez, Santiago Casilla and Jeremy Affeldt combined for nineteen scoreless outings for San Francisco in the series, spanning 14 2/3 innings. Ryan Vogelsong earned victories in both of his starts, going 14 innings and allowing just two earned runs while striking out 13.
Series MVP Marco Scutaro turned in 14 hits in the seven games. Yadier Molina had 11 hits for the Cardinals.