SAN FRANCISCO – The San Francisco Giants and Los Angeles Dodgers faced off for the final game of the season, as the Giants looked to not only punch their ticket to the playoffs, but also sweep their division rivals. Yesterday’s game was huge for San Francisco, but Vin Scully stole the show. The baseball legend concluded his final broadcast in San Francisco, ending an amazing 67 year career as the voice of the Dodgers. Scully’s impact on the game of baseball was extraordinary, and he will be remembered as the greatest broadcaster in the history of professional sports.
Looking to clinch their fourth playoff spot in the past seven years, the Giants would send out Matt Moore to oppose Kenta Maeda. Now we pick up in the bottom of the first, as Buster Posey singles in the games first runs on a two run single. The Giants would add on next inning, in the bottom of the second as they put up three more runs. The scoring started with hits from Joe Panik and Connor Gillaspie and finished off by a two-run triple from Denard Span, giving them an early 5-0 lead.
Matt Moore was given a large task Sunday afternoon, and rose to the occasion. He cruised through eight innings of one-run ball, while striking out six. The Giants’ offense continued to tack on runs late. They scored two more in the bottom of the eighth on RBI singles from Hunter Pence and Brandon Crawford, making it 7-1. Bruce Bochy gave Sergio Romo the nod for the ninth inning. He finished off the Dodgers to cap-off the sweep and send the Giants to the postseason.
San Francisco’s season did not go as expected. As they always do in even years, however, they found a way to get themselves into the playoffs. After having an outstanding first half going 57-33, the ball club had a historically terrible second half. They went 30-42 and finished the season with a record of 87-33. The season had lots of highs, and what seemed like endless lows. In the end, they got the job done this week. They went 7-3 over their last ten games to keep pace with the Mets and Cardinals.
Even though they finished with the exact same record, the Mets will host the Giants as the number one wildcard. The Mets, who won the season series with San Francisco, will pitch Noah Syndergaard. The Giants will throw Madison Bumgarner as they look to advance to the NLDS to play the MLB-best Chicago Cubs.
Finals for Sundays game 162:
Giants 7, Dodgers 1
W: Moore (13-12, 4.08 ERA) L: Maeda (16-11, 3.48 ERA)
Tune into ESPN on Wednesday night (10/5) as the Giants and Mets square off in the NL Wild Card game.