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Giants-Dodgers NLDS going five games is what we all deserve

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What else did you expect? Three games? Four games? 

Admit it, you always knew this was going five games, and a guilty part of you wanted this to happen. 

The highly anticipated Giants-Dodgers National League Division Series is going to a win-or-go-home Game 5 on Thursday night at Oracle Park. And that's exactly what this series deserves, and exactly what us chaos-obsessed monsters always craved. 

Let's be real, there was no other way this series could go. Not even Tom Cruise going fully Andy Kaufman for an A24 Norm Macdonald biopic could stop this series from full-on torture. Actually, that's probably when we should have known the NLDS was going nowhere but sideways. 

"This is what baseball wants," Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said of a Game 5. "I mean, I think, as I understand, all the series are done and so we're going to be the only show in town.

"So if you have a pulse or you're a sports fan, you better be watching Dodgers-Giants. It's going to be a great one."

Anthony DeSclafani lasted just five outs Tuesday night in the Giants' 7-2 loss to the Dodgers in Game 4. From there, it was an ugly game of musical chairs for the Giants' bullpen, with their offense unable to find the big hit to get them going. Dodgers ace Walker Buehler came back on short rest and allowed one earned run in 4 1/3 innings. For the Dodgers, their bullpen closed the door, securing a happy flight back to San Francisco. 

 

It's not like this game was short of memorable moments, though. LaMonte Wade Jr. momentarily saved the night with a Web Gem of a leaping grab in left field. It was the latest of a long list of unforgettable plays through these five four games. 

There was Brandon Crawford getting up for his game-saving snare in Game 3, Mookie Betts' throw in Game 2, Tommy La Stella and Crawford's dirty double play in Game 1, Buster Posey's blast in Game 1 and all 10 of Logan Webb's strikeouts to get this series started

That doesn't account for Camilo Doval's dominance in Game 3 or Evan Longoria's solo shot to snap a 1-for-35 at the plate in that same game to give the Giants the series lead.

We don't know who, we don't know how and we don't know when. We do know there will be another play, another moment that will be locked in our memory banks forever, no matter how this series ends come Thursday night.

"I'm sure it'll be a lively atmosphere," Kapler said after Tuesday's Game 4 loss. "It's gonna be nice to get back to Oracle and have the support of our fans. Yeah, we're looking forward to it." 

"I feel like our teams and the Dodgers team have both been playing meaningful games for a while now," Buster Posey added. "Obviously this one coming up on Thursday is the most meaningful to this point. 

"Should be fun."

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The Giants and Dodgers squared off 19 times this season. The Giants won 10, the Dodgers won nine. The Giants finished the regular season with 107 wins, the Dodgers were one behind with 106. One game was all the difference of the Dodgers ending their streak of eight straight NL West titles. One game made all the difference in the series coming back to San Francisco instead of Los Angeles, setting up one more game of orange rally towels looking to bury Dodger blue.

But on Thursday night at Oracle Park, these two teams are even. They're tied at two wins apiece in the best-of-five series, and to douse the icing on the cake, both teams are all tied up at 109 wins apiece for the season. 

"I mean, this is why you play," Posey said. "Really, it boils down to competing and execution. It's pretty much as simple as that."

 

There has to be a winner. There are no ties, there is no even. There will be one more win -- No. 110.

This is for bragging rights, this is for pride. This is for one more rally cry of 'Don't Stop Believin.'

Bring on Game 5. Bring on the Braves.

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