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SAN FRANCISCO — All around him was chaos.
AT&T Park was ready to explode from within, a sellout crowd of 43,627 roaring and trying to rattle the man who stood on the mound amid it all.
The Giants had two men on with nobody out, Rafael Soriano and Matt Thornton were racing to the right-field bullpen to warm up in a hurry, and though they still trailed 4-0 in the bottom of the ninth, the Giants felt like the ones in the catbird seat.
Drew Storen, however, would have none of it.
He didn’t care what the situation looked like, didn’t care what happened two nights earlier at Nationals Park.
He knew he was still in control of Game 3 of the NLDS.
“It’s about minimizing the game,” he said. “I dug myself a nice little hole there to start, but you can’t give into these guys. You just have to get outs.”
Which he did. Storen proceeded to strike out Brandon Belt on a filthy, 2-2 slider.
He got Brandon Crawford to loft a flyball to right field, deep enough to bring one run home but still recording the second out of the inning in the process.
And then when he got Travis Ishikawa to ground out to short to close out the Nationals’ 4-1 victory, he pumped his fist and let out a roar that could be heard above the sudden silence that had overtaken the ballpark.
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