San Francisco Giants looking for third title in five years

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September 25: Clinched spot in NL Wild Card playoff

Hunter Pence #8 of the San Francisco Giants celebrates the wild card playoff berth after they defeated the San Diego Padres 9-8 at AT&T Park on September 25, 2014 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

Third baseman Pablo Sandoval #48 of the San Francisco Giants holds up balls to throw to the fans to celebrate the final game of the regular season after defeating the San Diego Padres 9-3 at AT&T Park on September 28, 2014 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)

October 1: Defeated Pittsburgh Pirates in NL Wild Card game

In this photo made with a fisheye lens, the San Francisco Giants gather along the first base line as they are introduced before the wild-card playoff baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Gene Puskar)

Joe Panik #12 catches a ball hit by Gaby Sanchez #17 of the Pittsburgh Pirates as he collides with Hunter Pence #8 of the San Francisco Giants to end the second inning during the National League Wild Card game at PNC Park on October 1, 2014 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
Buster Posey #28 of the San Francisco Giants throws out Josh Harrison #5 of the Pittsburgh Pirates in the third inning during the National League Wild Card game at PNC Park on October 1, 2014 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
Madison Bumgarner #40 of the San Francisco Giants celebrates with teammates after the defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates 8 to 0 in the National League Wild Card game at PNC Park on October 1, 2014 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

October 3: Began NLDS against the Washington Nationals

San Francisco Giants' Joe Panik, right, gets wrapped up with Washington Nationals second baseman Asdrubal Cabrera (3) after being called out at second during the third inning of Game 1 of baseball's NL Division Series at Nationals Park, Friday, Oct. 3, 2014, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

October 4: Won longest postseason game in MLB history (18 innings, 6 hours and 23 minutes)

Brandon Belt #9 of the San Francisco Giants celebrates with his teammates in the dugout after hitting a solo home run to right field in the eighteenth inning against Tanner Roark #57 of the Washington Nationals during Game Two of the National League Division Series at Nationals Park on October 4, 2014 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

Pablo Sandoval #48 fails to catch a throw by Madison Bumgarner #40 of the San Francisco Giants on a bunt by Wilson Ramos #40 of the Washington Nationals as Ian Desmond #20 of the Washington Nationals slides into third during Game Three of the National League Division Series at AT&T Park on October 6, 2014 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
Hunter Pence #8 of the San Francisco Giants catches a ball hit by Jayson Werth #28 of the Washington Nationals for an out in the sixth inning during Game Four of the National League Division Series at AT&T Park on October 7, 2014 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
Santiago Casilla #46 and Buster Posey #28 of the San Francisco Giants celebrate after the final out of their 3 to 2 win over the Washington Nationals during Game Four of the National League Division Series at AT&T Park on October 7, 2014 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

October 7: Won NLDS over Washington, 3 games to 1

San Francisco Giants first baseman Brandon Belt, upper left, high fives third baseman Pablo Sandoval as pitcher Santiago Casilla, left, second baseman Joe Panik (12), shortstop Brandon Crawford (35) and teammates celebrate after the Giants beat Washington Nationals in Game 4 of baseball's NL Division Series in San Francisco, Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2014. The Giants won 3-2 to win the series. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

October 11: Began NLCS against the St. Louis Cardinals

San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Madison Bumgarner throws during the first Game 1 of the National League baseball championship series against the St. Louis Cardinals Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

San Francisco Giants' Brandon Belt (9) is forced out at second as St. Louis Cardinals' Kolten Wong makes a diving catch on a throw after a ground ball hit by Brandon Crawford during the second inning in Game 2 of the National League baseball championship series Sunday, Oct. 12, 2014, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
San Francisco Giants' Gregor Blanco, right, celebrates after hitting the game winning sacrifice bunt during the 10th inning of Game 3 of the National League baseball championship series against the St. Louis Cardinals Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
The San Francisco Giants' Brandon Crawford (35), Buster Posey, right, and Pablo Sandoval celebrate at home after Gregor Blanco bunted Crawford home in the tenth inning against the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 3 of the National League Championship Series at AT&T Park in San Francisco, on Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014. The Giants won, 5-4, for a 2-1 series lead. (Paul Kitagaki Jr./Sacramento Bee/MCT via Getty Images)
San Francisco Giants' Juan Perez, left, scores past St. Louis Cardinals catcher A.J. Pierzynski on a hit by Gregor Blanco during the sixth inning of Game 4 of the National League baseball championship series Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

October 16: Won NLCS over St. Louis, 4 games to 1

Travis Ishikawa #45 of the San Francisco Giants celebrates after he hits a three-run walk-off home run to defeat the St. Louis Cardinals 6-3 during Game Five of the National League Championship Series at AT&T Park on October 16, 2014 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - OCTOBER 16: The San Francisco Giants celebrate after defeating the St. Louis Cardinals 6-3 during Game Five of the National League Championship Series at AT&T Park on October 16, 2014 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Chris Carlson-Pool/Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - OCTOBER 16: Joe Panik #12, batting coach Hensley Meulens #31, Hunter Pence #8 and Brandon Crawford #35 of the San Francisco Giants celebrate after the Giants 6-3 victory against the St. Louis Cardinals during Game Five of the National League Championship Series at AT&T Park on October 16, 2014 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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By KELSEY DRISCOLL and MATT AVERNA

In what is becoming an even-year tradition, the San Francisco Giants are once again back in the Fall Classic. Following World Series victories in both 2010 and 2012, the Giants will be hoping to earn their third title in the last five years to become this decade's baseball dynasty.

San Francisco took advantage of the extra invitation handed out by MLB's new postseason format and duly knocked off the PIttsburgh Pirates in the Wild Card round by a score of 8-0.

Up next was a trip to D.C. for two games against the Washington Nationals. San Francisco's tight 3-2 victory in Game 1 only set the stage for an absolute epic in Game 2. Stretching to 18 innings, and setting an MLB postseason record in the process, the Giants squeaked out a 2-1 win and headed home up two games. After a small speed bump in which they dropped Game 3, they successfully closed out the series with a 3-2 win in Game 4.

In what was billed as a battle of National League royalty, Bruce Bochy's bunch ended up making quick work of the Cardinals over five games, with Madison Bumgarner continuing his fine season with two solid outings in the series.

After five days off before its showdown with the red-hot Royals, San Francisco will trot out Bumgarner once more in the hopes he can get the Giants off to a winning start in Kansas City. With Buster Posey behind the dish and Hunter Pence patrolling the outfield, Giants fans will be hoping 2014 holds yet another World Series parade.

Check out our gallery above to get caught up on all the action from the Giants' playoff run.
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