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.
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.