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Top Five Times San Francisco Giants Ruined the Dodgers Season

18 Sep 1997: The San Francisco Giants celebrate after Brian Johnson''s home run during the Giants 6-5 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers at 3Com Park in San Francisco, California. Mandatory Credit: Otto Greule /Allsport
18 Sep 1997: The San Francisco Giants celebrate after Brian Johnson''s home run during the Giants 6-5 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers at 3Com Park in San Francisco, California. Mandatory Credit: Otto Greule /Allsport
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SAN FRANCISCO, CA – APRIL 27: Matt Moore #45 of the San Francisco Giants reacts after he struck up Cody Bellinger #35 of the Los Angeles Dodgers to end the seventh inning at AT&T Park on April 27, 2017 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO, CA – APRIL 27: Matt Moore #45 of the San Francisco Giants reacts after he struck up Cody Bellinger #35 of the Los Angeles Dodgers to end the seventh inning at AT&T Park on April 27, 2017 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Giants Sweep the Dodgers

In 2016, the Dodgers were heading to the playoffs, but they had a chance to ruin the Giants season. The Giants needed to sweep Los Angeles in the final series of the season to make the wild card.

One win and the Dodgers could laugh their way into the the postseason.

The Giants did what they needed to do and won the first two games. Madison Bumgarner and Ty Blach, two left handers, pitched great and led the Giants to wins. Bumgarner pitched 7 1/3 innings, allowing 3 runs. The following game, Blach pitched eight shutout innings to lead the Giants to the brink of the playoffs. He out pitched Clayton Kershaw, who allowed three runs over seven innings.

The game was scoreless until the fifth inning when Angel Pagan led off the inning with a solo home run. In the bottom of the seventh, after a single by Pagan, Crawford rolled a ball down the third base line. Kershaw’s throw went wide and Pagan raced home to make it 2-0. Crawford would end up at third and Gordon Beckham would hit a sacrifice fly to score him and extend the lead to 3-0.

For game 162, San Francisco called on Matt Moore. The team had traded for Moore at the trade deadline, and he was one out away from throwing a no hitter against Los Angeles at Dodger Stadium a month earlier.

Moore was outstanding, pitching eight innings, allowing one run on three hits.

Kenta Maeda couldn’t get out of the third inning, as he allowed five runs and nine hits in 2 2/3 innings.

Buster Posey drove in three runs on two singles as the Giants never looked back to a 7-1 win and a trip to the playoffs.

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