SAN FRANCISCO -- If the Giants are to prevent the Cardinals from a second consecutive World Series berth, they're going to have to shake down a little bit of history to do so.
In Sunday's 6-1 Game 6 victory, the Giants became only the third team in major-league history to win at least five consecutive games when facing elimination, according to the Elias Sports Bureau, official statistician of major league baseball.
The other two? The 1985 Royals, who defeated the Cardinals in the World Series by winning six consecutive elimination games, and the 1981 Dodgers, who beat the Yankees in the World Series thanks to winning five consecutive elimination games.
In other words, just to GET to the World Series, the Giants will have to tie the '85 Royals for most-ever wins while living on the brink.
"I feel like the biggest thing with this team is, we're fighting for the guy next to us," said Tim Lincecum, who has pitched in both starting and out of the bullpen this month. When you do that ... it's easy to play that day and then come back for the next day."
"Character. Togetherness," infielder Ryan Theriot said. "But it's been that way all year. We've been a unit throughout a season that a lot of things have happened."
Closer Sergio Romo again was extraordinarily emotional after obtaining the final out of Sunday's game, a fly ball to center field from Daniel Descalso. Romo insisted that he was not more emotional following Game 6 than after any other San Francisco win this year.
"This is how I pitch," Romo said. "What you see is what you get. I'm very direct. I want to do well for my team.
"I'm very proud to be asked to get the last outs for this team. It means a lot to me. I take it as, 'Do what you do, Romo. This team believes in you.'"
There is no scientific explanation for how these Giants continue to defy sudden death. But with each win, they gain more swagger. And they definitely feel good about playing Game 7 at home with Matt Cain on the mound.
Said catcher Buster Posey: "I think we're all pretty happy to have him out there."