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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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16 Aug 1992: Head coach Tommy LaSorda of the Los Angeles Dodgers hangs his head after the San Francisco Giants defeated his team at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California. Mandatory Credit: Chris Covatta/Allsport
16 Aug 1992: Head coach Tommy LaSorda of the Los Angeles Dodgers hangs his head after the San Francisco Giants defeated his team at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California. Mandatory Credit: Chris Covatta/Allsport /

Morgan Shocks Lasorda

In 1982, The Giants and Dodgers were in a battle for the West. The Braves, Dodgers and Giants went into the final days of the year all with a chance to win the division.

After the Dodgers won the first two games, the Giants were eliminated. Now, the Dodgers had to win one more and sweep the Giants to tie the Braves at 89 wins.

Ron Cey started the scoring with a two home run in the second. In the bottom of the inning, Fernando Valenzuela loaded the bases on a single to Darrell Evans, a double to Jeffrey Leonard and a walk to Bob Brenly. That brought up Johnnie LeMaster, who also drew a walk and cut the lead to one.  Pitcher Bill Laskey grounded into a double play, but another run scored and the Giants had tied the game.

Through six innings, the Giants and Dodgers were tied at two.

Bob Brenly started the seventh with a single. Champ Summers followed that up with a pinch hit double to left field and the Giants had runners at second and third and no outs. Pitcher Greg Minton struck out and so did pinch hitter Jim Wohlford.

With two outs in the bottom of the seventh, Dodgers pitcher Terry Forster was one out away from keeping the game tied. Joe Morgan walked up to the plate for the Giants.

Morgan homered to right field and gave the Giants a 5-2 lead. After 2 and 2/3 inning of relief from Greg Minton, the Giants won and ended the Dodgers season just one day after seeing their playoff hopes ruined. It was a bittersweet season for the Giants, but one Giants fans remember much more fondly because of Game 162.

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