Great Game Fives in Giants History - 2002 NLCS
The Giants led the Cardinals and their powerful lineup three games to one, a result that defied the expectations of most experts, and had a chance to clinch at home. Sound familiar?
It was a pitcher’s duel in which one pitcher dropped out early. Kirk Rueter left after six scoreless innings, and the bullpen yielded just one run in the seventh. Matt Morris went nearly the whole way for St. Louis. He gave up the tying run in the eighth, but Tony LaRussa still let him hit for himself in the top of the ninth, only to replace him with Steve Kline with two on and two out. Kenny Lofton scored the tying run in the eighth, and drove in David Bell to win it in the ninth.
Even though they were both later signed as free agents, this game still represents the greatest contribution Morris and Kline ever made to Giants baseball.