Giants miss out on playoffs with crushing loss to Padres


The Giants were hoping to travel to Los Angeles on Monday. Instead, they will be heading to their respective home cities.

With a 5-4 loss to the San Diego Padres in the regular-season finale on Sunday at Oracle Park, the Giants were eliminated from MLB playoff contention.

A win by the Giants could have clinched the final playoff spot in the National League. The Milwaukee Brewers lost to the St. Louis Cardinals, 5-2, on Sunday, opening the door for the Giants to snatch the No. 8 seed.

Instead, the Giants can start planning for the offseason and the 2021 MLB season.

The Giants put themselves in a 5-1 hole heading into the bottom of the seventh inning and almost dug out of it. Brandon Crawford crushed a two-run homer to cut the deficit to 5-3. An inning later, Wilmer Flores hit a solo homer off the facing of the arcade in right to make it 5-4.

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But there was no walk-off magic for the Giants as Padres closer Trevor Rosenthal shut the door on their season in the bottom of the ninth inning.

The final out of the season for the Giants was a brutal called third strike on Austin Slater by home plate umpire Rob Drake.

That's not the way the Giants wanted their season to end.

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The Giants weren't expected to contend this season. It was supposed to be a rebuilding year, so they should be happy with how well the team played. But to get this close and miss out has to sting for Farhan Zaidi, Gabe Kapler and the entire organization.

The good news for the Giants is that the future is bright.

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