Giants' ninth-inning rally was absolute pandemonium

Buster Posey, Thairo Estrada, Jason Vosler

Absolute pandemonium.

The Giants entered the top of the ninth on Thursday trailing the Dodgers 3-1, with Los Angeles closer Kenley Jansen looking to redeem himself after coughing up a go-ahead homer in the ninth the night before.

He was not so lucky.

Wilmer Flores, who hit the aforementioned homer off Jansen in the Giants' come-from-behind win on Wednesday, gave San Francisco some life with a one-out single. Alex Dickerson followed with a strikeout, but Donovan Solano smacked a two-out double to center to put the tying runs in scoring position. Jason Vosler then followed with a pinch-hit walk to load the bases.

And then everything went crazy.

Jansen induced a grounder to short from Thairo Estrada, but a slow throw to second allowed Vosler to get in safely. He initially was ruled out on the field, but that was overturned by replay. Flores scored on the play, bringing the tying run to the plate.

Darin Ruf was sitting in a glorious 2-0 hitter's count when Jansen threw what very obviously should have been called ball three. However, much to Ruf and the Giants' chagrin, home plate umpire Jansen Visconti called it a strike. 

That was not the only controversial pitch in the at-bat. Not by a long shot.

In a full count, Jansen was able to get Ruf to check swing. The Dodgers thought he had a strikeout. The Giants thought Ruf had a walk. Upon appeal to the first base umpire, San Francisco rejoiced, and Los Angeles became incensed.


Dodgers manager Dave Roberts charged out of the dugout and threw his hat in anger while shouting at the umpire and was eventually ejected. He surely didn't settle down in the clubhouse, as LaMonte Wade Jr. next came to the plate and drove in two with a single to right to give the Giants a stunning 5-3 lead.

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San Francisco took that lead into the bottom of the ninth, and Jake McGee allowed only a two-out double before finishing off the save. The Giants came away with a win and a series victory over the Dodgers, and one of more unforgettable finishes in the history of their rivalry.

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