Watch: Giants get robbed at check swing call to end Game 5 (VIDEO)


The NLDS, and the San Francisco Giants season, ended on a bang call that ages every time someone sees a replay.

We knew that a win-or-go-home postseason game between the Dodgers-Giants would add an extra layer to one of the best rivalries in baseball, but Game 5 of the NLDS delivered in ways we couldn’t imagine. could.

Specifically it’s how the game ended in what would become an endlessly talked-about moment in the rivalry.

Max Schaezer was on the mound to try and close the series, and Wilmer Wilmer was at bat and down for the final strike of the season. With Kris Bryant representing the first winning run, Flores checked his swing from Scherzer on the 0–2 pitch when the home plate umpire suspended his counterpart below the first base line.

Gabe Morales was first base ump and called it the third strike, thus ending the Giants season.

Giants spoiled by terrible check swing called by Gabe Morales

The game ended on a check swing on the so-called third strike – something that rarely happens in the regular season, let alone the series-deciding postseason game.

it was a suspicious call at best in real time but a replay quickly revealed that the call was absolutely horribly wrong.

Considering how amazing the whole series was, especially how intense Game 5 was, ending things with a terrifying call from an umpire seems cheap. The Giants, who won 109 games this season, saw their World Series dreams die on a blazing call – one that is not reversible.

Check swings cannot be reviewed, but it may be an ideal case for MLB to change the rules so that it can be reviewed in the future. It’s not like there was a sudden Tuesday blow call in August; The NLDS was decided by a check swing call which was definitely the wrong call.

Maybe Flores would have been out on the next pitch, maybe he didn’t. We’ll never find out but Dodgers and Giants fans will keep talking about it as long as the rivalry is alive.

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