JOE PANIK… Rookie second baseman made his Major League debut in mid-June and established himself as one of the top NL rookies, hitting .305 (82-for-269) with 10 2Bs, two 3Bs, HR and 18 RBI in 73 games.
ELITE CLUB… One more win and Bruce Bochy would become just the 10th manager to lead its team to three-or-more World Series titles…he would join Casey Stengel (7), Joe McCarthy (7), Connie Mack (5), Joe Torre (4), Walter Alston (4), Tony La Russa (3), Sparky Anderson (3), John McGraw (3) and Miller Huggins (3)…all nine of these managers are in the Hall of Fame.
CE AT THE PLATE… OF Hunter Pence has a hit in all six games of this World Series, extending his hitting streak in World Series play to nine games, the longest by any Giant in the WS since Alvin Dark in 1951 and 1954 (10 games)…during this nine-game streak, Pence has hit .424 (14×33).
YUSMEIRO PETIT… Became the first reliever to win three games in one postseason in which he pitched at least 3.0 innings and did not permit any runs.
GIANTS IN GAME SEVEN… The Giants are 1-5 all-time when playing Game 7 of a best-of-7 series (1-3 since moving to San Francisco)…the Giants won their most recent Game 7, defeating the Cardinals, 9-0, in the the 2012 NLCS at AT&T Park…SF last played in a World Series Game 7 in 2002, when they lost to the Angels.
WINNER TAKE ALL… The Giants are 18-17 all-time in elimination postseason games…SF has won each of their last seven elimination games, six of which came in 2012 and one this season in the Wild Card game at Pittsburgh…the Giants are 0-4 all-time in winner-take-all World Series games, with three of the four losses by one run.
BRANDON CRAWFORD… Became just the fourth different Giants shortstop (fifth occurrence) to record at least three RBI in a World Series contest in Game 5, joining Al Dark (three RBI in 1951 Game 1); Rich Aurilia (three RBI in 2002 Game 5); and Edgar Renteria (three RBI in 2010 Games 2 and 5).
GREGOR BLANCO… Homered to lead off Game 2, marking the 19th leado! homer in World Series history…his leado! HR was the third leadoff homer in Giants postseason history and the first in the World Series.
PABLO PERFORMS ON BIG STAGE… IF Pablo Sandoval has recorded a team-high 23 hits this postseason, just one shy of his franchise record for a single postseason (24 hits in 2012 postseason)…Sandoval is also just two hits shy of the highest single-season total ever in postseason play, shared by Darin Erstad (2002), David Freese (2011) and Marquis Grissom (1995).
JEAN MACHI… His 3.0 innings of work last night matched his career-high (also: April 27, 2013 at SD).