The San Francisco Giants survived to fight another day after outlasting the Chicago Cubs with a 6-5 walk-off victory in game three of the National League Division Series.
After more than five hours of play and with the contest evenly poised at the bottom of the 13th inning in San Francisco, the Giants avoided elimination from the MLB postseason thanks to Joe Panik's line drive to right field which allowed Brandon Crawford to score the winning run.
The Giants, down 2-1 heading into game four of the series, trailed after ace Madison Bumgarner exited following 101 pitches in five innings as the southpaw served up a three-run homer to Cubs starter Jake Arrieta. San Francisco answered in the eighth inning and again in the 13th as the Giants summoned their even-year magic to live another day.
Baseball said farewell to a legend after David Ortiz's Boston Red Sox suffered a three-game American League Division Series (ALDS) sweep to the Cleveland Indians on Monday.
Ortiz and Co. were hoping to stay alive in the ALDS but the Indians had other ideas in Boston, claiming a 4-3 win in front of an emotional Fenway Park as the 40-year-old slugger said goodbye to the sport.
The Washington Nationals lead the Los Angeles Dodgers 2-1 thanks to Monday's 8-3 victory.
Anthony Rendon and Jayson Werth both hit home runs to provide the pop for Washington. Ryan Zimmerman then iced the game in the top of the ninth inning with a two-run double off super closer Kenley Jansen.
PANIK SAVES GIANTS FROM ANOTHER BULLPEN DEFEAT
The Giants' pen was the biggest issue in the second half, with the team setting a franchise record by losing nine games it led after eight innings, including five in September. Sergio Romo appeared to solve the issue after taking over for Santiago Casilla at the end of the regular season but everything went out the window with a 77mph slider to Kris Bryant, who cranked a two-run homer to tie the game at five. None of that matters, however, after Panik's hit won it for the Giants.
Coco Crisp connected with a two-run homer over the Green Monster in the sixth inning to give the Indians a 4-1 lead, but it was a fourth-inning bunt that gave Cleveland the first runs of the game. With Jose Ramirez and Lonnie Chisenhall at first and second and no outs, Crisp laid down a perfect squeeze to move the runners. Tyler Naquin delivered a two-run single on the very next pitch from Clay Buchholz, who took the loss.
Although Ortiz finished his career with a .138 average over his last nine games, his 20-year career is one for Cooperstown. Ortiz blasted 541 home runs, good for 17th of all time; 1,768 RBIs, 22nd of all time; and 632 doubles, 10th all time. He is only the third player in history to have more than 500 home runs and 600 doubles. The other two are Hank Aaron and Barry Bonds. A three-time World Series champion, Ortiz finishes his postseason career with 17 home runs, 61 RBIs and 22 doubles.
CUBS PRODUCE THE GOODS FOR HIGHLIGHT REEL
Despite losing, the Cubs went long on two occasions in show-topping fashion. First, Arrieta clobbered Bumgarner, then Kris Bryant connected on a two-run homer off closer Sergio Romo in the top of the ninth to tie the game at 5-5.
Savage. pic.twitter.com/xcpt4PMCmV-- Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) October 11, 2016
NLCS BERTH UP FOR GRABS
The Nationals have the opportunity to advance to the NLCS when they take on the Dodgers on Tuesday. Washington's Max Scherzer is in line to play despite struggling in game one. The Dodgers already know 20-year-old star Julio Urias will take the mound.