They piled on Joe Panik at home plate in celebration, and just as has been the case so many times before with everything on the line in October, San Francisco's baseball season was extended another day.
The Toronto Blue Jays beat the Texas Rangers 7-6 on Sunday night to sweep their AL Division Series while the Washington Nationals defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-2 to even their NL series at 1-all.
Best in the major leagues during the regular season, the Chicago Cubs are one win from reaching the National League Championship Series for the second straight year after beating the San Francisco Giants 5-2 on Saturday.
Toronto and Cleveland both won on Friday to take 2-0 series leads in their respective American League Division Series, putting Texas and Boston on the brink of swift eliminations.
Toronto's Marco Estrada held Texas scoreless into the ninth inning as the Blue Jays cruised to a 10-1 win over the Rangers on Thursday in the opening game of their American League Division Series.
San Francisco ace Madison Bumgarner pitched a complete-game shutout and Conor Gillaspie hit a three-run homer in the ninth inning to give the Giants a 3-0 win at the New York Mets on Wednesday in the National League wildcard game.
It turns out that October isn't just for aces.
Zach Britton was perfect for Baltimore at all the right times during the regular season. For manager Buck Showalter, the right time never came Tuesday night.1 Comment
Major League Baseball's average attendance dropped 1.1 percent this season but still was the sport's 11th-highest year.
Oct. 6, 1945. Nick Paolella knows the date by heart and he knows the Chicago Cubs lost. The rest has faded away over time.