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2002 National League Championship Series
Team (Wins) Manager Season
San Francisco Giants (4) Dusty Baker 95–66, .590, GB: 2½
St. Louis Cardinals (1) Tony La Russa 97–65, .599, GA: 13
Dates: October 9–October 14
MVP: Benito Santiago (San Francisco)
Television: Fox
TV announcers: Joe Buck and Tim McCarver
Radio: ESPN
Radio announcers: Dan Shulman and Dave Campbell
Umpires: Randy Marsh, Jeff Nelson, Dale Scott, Jeff Kellogg, Tim Welke, Charlie Reliford
NLDS: San Francisco Giants over Atlanta Braves (3–2)
  St. Louis Cardinals over Arizona Diamondbacks (3–0)
 < 2001 NLCS 2003 > 
2002 World Series

The 2002 National League Championship Series (NLCS) was a Major League Baseball playoff series played from October 9 to October 14 to determine the champion of the National League, between the Central Division champion St. Louis Cardinals and the wild-card qualifying San Francisco Giants. It was a rematch of the 1987 NLCS, in which the Cardinals defeated the Giants in seven games. The Cardinals, by virtue of being a division winner, had the home field advantage.

The two teams were victorious in the NL Division Series (NLDS), with the Cardinals defeating the Western Division champion Arizona Diamondbacks three games to none, and the Giants defeating the Eastern Division champion Atlanta Braves three games to two.

The Giants won the series in five games but were defeated by the Anaheim Angels in seven games in the World Series.

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Summary

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St. Louis Cardinals vs. San Francisco Giants

San Francisco wins the series, 4–1.

Game Date Score Location Time Attendance
1 October 9 San Francisco Giants – 9, St. Louis Cardinals – 6 Busch Stadium (II) 3:31 52,175[1]
2 October 10 San Francisco Giants – 4, St. Louis Cardinals – 1 Busch Stadium (II) 3:17 52,195[2] 
3 October 12 St. Louis Cardinals – 5, San Francisco Giants – 4 Pacific Bell Park 3:32 42,177[3] 
4 October 13 St. Louis Cardinals – 3, San Francisco Giants – 4 Pacific Bell Park 3:26 42,676[4] 
5 October 14 St. Louis Cardinals – 1, San Francisco Giants – 2 Pacific Bell Park 3:01 42,673[5]

Game summaries

Game 1

Wednesday, October 9, 2002 at Busch Stadium (II) in St. Louis, Missouri

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
San Francisco 1 4 1 0 1 2 0 0 0 9 11 0
St. Louis 0 1 0 0 2 2 0 1 0 6 11 0

WP: Kirk Rueter (1–0)  LP: Matt Morris (0–1)  SV: Robb Nen (1)  
HRs:  SF – Kenny Lofton (1), David Bell (1), Benito Santiago (1)  STL – Albert Pujols (1), Miguel Cairo (1), J.D. Drew (1)

Game 2

Thursday, October 10, 2002 at Busch Stadium (II) in St. Louis, Missouri

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
San Francisco 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 1 4 7 0
St. Louis 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 6 0

WP: Jason Schmidt (1–0)  LP: Woody Williams (0–1)  SV: Robb Nen (2)  
HRs:  SF – Rich Aurilia 2 (2)  STL – Eduardo Perez (1)

Game 3

Saturday, October 12, 2002 at Pacific Bell Park in San Francisco, California

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
St. Louis 0 0 2 1 1 1 0 0 0 5 6 1
San Francisco 0 1 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 4 10 0

WP: Chuck Finley (1–0)  LP: Jay Witasick (0–1)  SV: Jason Isringhausen (1)  
HRs:  STL – Mike Matheny (1), Jim Edmonds (1), Eli Marrero (1)  SF – Barry Bonds (1)

Game 4

Sunday, October 13, 2002 at Pacific Bell Park in San Francisco, California

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
St. Louis 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 12 0
San Francisco 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 2 X 4 4 1

WP: Tim Worrell (1–0)  LP: Rick White (0–1)  SV: Robb Nen (3)  
HRs:  SF – Benito Santiago (2)

Game 5

Monday, October 14, 2002 at Pacific Bell Park in San Francisco, California

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
St. Louis 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 9 0
San Francisco 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 2 7 0

WP: Tim Worrell (2–0)  LP: Matt Morris (0–2)  

Game 5 was a pitchers duel between Matt Morris and Kirk Rueter as the Giants looked for their first pennant since 1989. Fernando Vina started the scoring with an eight-inning sac fly, but the Giants responded with a sac fly by Barry Bonds. In the ninth, Steve Kline retired the first two batters before allowing consecutive singles to David Bell and Shawn Dunston. This brought up Kenny Lofton, who had yelled at the Cardinals dugout earlier after an inside pitch. On the first pitch, he delivered a single to right field, scoring Bell as J.D Drew's throw was off-line clinching the pennant for the Giants.

Composite box

2002 NLCS (4–1): San Francisco Giants over St. Louis Cardinals

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
San Francisco Giants 2 5 1 0 6 4 0 3 2 23 39 1
St. Louis Cardinals 2 1 2 1 3 3 1 2 1 16 44 1
Total attendance: 231,896   Average attendance: 46,379

Series quotes

So a base hit to the outfield could make the Giants National League Champions. Bell, the possible winning run at second base. Here's the pitch. Lofton swings, line drive, base hit, right field! Here comes Bell, rounding third, heading home. Here comes the throw. And it's wide! And the Giants have won the pennant! The Giants are the champions of the National League, and they come pouring out of the dugout! Kenny Lofton, the man they love to hate in St. Louis, knocks in the winning run, and knocks a stake through the heart of the Cardinals. The Cardinals are dead; the Giants are going to the World Series! Fireworks are going off over San Francisco Bay from a barge in McCovey Cove. The Giants are in a standup pile out near second base as the celebration begins, and Kenny Lofton, on the first pitch he saw from Steve Kline, ripped a base hit into right field, and J. D. Drew had little chance to throw out David Bell, and then no chance, as his throw sailed fifteen feet wide of home plate and the Giants are the National League Champions for the first time in thirteen years. They are headed to the World Series.
Jon Miller's radio call of the Giants' series-ending hit.

Notes

External links

2002 Major League Baseball Postseason
2002 World Series
American League Championship Series
American League Division Series
Los Angeles Angels | New York Yankees
Minnesota Twins | Oakland Athletics
National League Championship Series
National League Division Series
San Francisco Giants | Atlanta Braves
St. Louis Cardinals | Arizona Diamondbacks
2002 Major League Baseball season
American League | National League

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