Giants clinch 2nd NL wild card, complete sweep of Dodgers

The Giants, owners of baseball's best record at the All-Star break, survived a second-half swoon to reach the playoffs for the fourth time in seven seasons.

The San Francisco Giants collapsed after leading Major League Baseball at the All-Star break, but the club avoided a worst-case scenario after sweeping the Los Angeles Dodgers Sunday at AT&T Park to clinch the second wild-card spot.

Last weekend, Scully was farewell-feted by Dodgers fans in Los Angeles.

Sure, Dave Roberts would have preferred his division champion Los Angeles Dodgers had a little October momentum to carry into the playoffs. "And for the last time, I wish you all a very pleasant good afternoon".

By the time the Dodgers scored their only run, the Giants had built a 5-0 lead against LA right-hander Kenta Maeda.

They're taking a four game winning streak into the one-game Wild Card playoff against the Mets.

Later, Scully was visited in the booth by San Francisco Giants president Larry Baer and Hall of Famer Willie Mays, who presented Scully a plaque commemorating his final broadcast that will hang in the visiting booth at AT&T Park.

“I have said enough for a lifetime, ” Scully said.

The Mets concluded the regular season with a 5-2 loss to the Phillies and will now try to defend their NL pennant when Noah Syndergaard faces either Madison Bumgarner or Carlos Martinez on Wednesday in the wild-card game.

The Giants and Mets tied for the top spot, although NY will be at home Wednesday thanks to its 4-3 advantage during the regular season.

Enjoy retirement, Vin, and thank you for the decades of calling baseball games in a way no other broadcaster will ever be able to replicate. "You're trying to play the middle, get guys rested and line up your rotation and things like that".

The Giants tacked on two runs against the Dodgers' seventh pitcher, Joe Blanton, in the eighth. She was the biggest Dodgers fan in our house and always loved how he "raised the bar" for fans by educating them about historical, political and sports events, as well as the way he told such great stories. "It was a insane week", Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. One fan even brought a bouquet of orange and yellow daisies for Scully.

San Francisco, which won Series titles in 2010, '12 and '14, plays at the defending NL champion New York Mets on Wednesday night in the NL wild-card game, with the victor advancing to a Division Series against the Chicago Cubs. The Giants aired his description of the third inning on their broadcast.

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