Despite San Francisco being down 3-0 and bases being loaded at the time, Bumgarner walked up to the plate to a standing ovation.
LaMonte Wade Jr. singled home the winning run with one out in the ninth inning and the San Francisco Giants held their two-game lead in the NL West, beating the Arizona Diamondbacks 5-4 on Thursday night.
The Giants posted their 105th victory — one off the franchise record set in 1904 — and kept their edge over the second-place Los Angeles Dodgers going into the final weekend of the season.
Losing more than 100 games in an MLB season usually happens when there’s more than one reason for failure.
For the Arizona Diamondbacks, that realistic view played a part in the team opting not to scapegoat or blame manager Torey Lovullo for the results this season.
I feel like every year they have these articles, breathlessly explaining what will happen when there is a tie. Those ties never come though, and I’m always disappointed. Maybe this year!
With a three-game series in store against the Nationals, [the Red Sox] are not guaranteed a postseason berth even if it wins all of its remaining games. With Thursday’s loss, the Sox fell into a tie with the Mariners at 89-70, one game ahead of the Blue Jays for the second wild-card spot. The Sox must not only stop their ill-timed plummet but also hope for help from other teams to avoid a 163rd game or elimination.
The Astros will open the AL Division Series on Oct. 7 against the Chicago White Sox — home field for that best-of-five matchup is still to be determined. Houston went 5-2 against the White Sox this year.
The Dodgers picked up right where they left off, hitting five more home runs to finish off a third consecutive sweep of the Padres with an 8-3 win on Thursday at Dodger Stadium. But the Dodgers will enter Friday still two games back in the National League West, since the Giants swept the Diamondbacks, including a 5-4, walk-off win on Thursday.