After a night of offensive futility, the Giants went into the top of the ninth in a familiar position--a spot they couldn't have felt good about being in. San Francisco was up in a 0-0 ballgame, against Jeurys Familia, the Mets' closer who converted four saves against the Giants this season.
Instead of conforming to the Bay Area status quo, the Giants stepped up. Well, mainly Conor Gillaspie, that is.
Gillaspie smoked a go-ahead three-run homer to lift the Giants to a 3-0 victory over the Mets in the NL Wild-Card playoff on Wednesday night. Going into the game, Familia was 1-0 with four saves and a 2.08 ERA against the Mets this season, and Mets manager Terry Collins had made what seemed like a smart decision, after starter Noah Syndergaard went eight strong for New York.
The surprising success had to have been encouraging for Giants fans, as they square off against the MLB-best Cubs in the NLDS.
Here's what else is happening around the National League West:
Walt Weiss is out as Rockies manager, capping a run marred by an inability to keep opponents off the scoreboard.
Well, no surprise here. Tony Gwynn will be posthumously honored in a Hall of Fame induction ceremony we all saw coming.
It's what Diamondbacks fans have been waiting for--a comprehensive description of prospective GM candidates.
Some Rockies rookies are generating some serious praise in Baseball America.
Tanner Roark will get the ball for the Nationals against the Dodgers in Game 2 on Saturday.
It didn't take long for Corey Seager to break a Dodgers playoff record.
Paul Goldschmidt offered his thoughts on the recent firings of Dave Stewart and Chip Hale.
Kenley Jensen's five-out save in Game 1 was undoubtedly impressive, but also interesting in its own special way.
The Padres celebrate an old friend, who is enjoying a golden birthday.