When you have two 100+ win teams fighting to the very end in a 5-game series, there’s bound to be drama in every corner. There certainly was plenty of it, but how the Dodgers eventually won and secured a spot in the NLCS has everyone talking.
With an 0-2 count and two outs already in the books in the bottom of the 9th, Max Scherzer delivered a slider that caused Wilmer Flores to offer a check swing. However, first base umpire Gabe Morales declared that Flores had swung at the pitch and the game was over. Of course, Giants fans did not take it well.
Wilmer Flores and the check swing heard 'round the world. pic.twitter.com/nZWVre7U1v
— Anthony DiComo (@AnthonyDiComo) October 15, 2021
Gabe Morales should be ashamed of himself making a call like that to end the NLDS.. that is trash. Nowhere near a swing.. Wilmer Flores was robbed there. Unbelievable. That’s sickening. Shouldn’t be there if he can’t handle the moment
— George Kontos (@G_Kontos) October 15, 2021
The a giants gave up 2 crucial hits to Gavin Lux and Cody Bellinger in the year 2021 but will cry about an ironic check swing call on Wilmer Flores who’s career 0-19 against Scherzer ?????weep
— • (@CODYBELLlNGER) October 15, 2021
However, many Dodger fans were keen on calling out the Darin Ruf check-swing back in July that led to the Giants tying up the game on a bases-loaded walk. That eventually lead to a San Francisco win. While it may be seen as just a regular-season game, that game was a big difference-maker in the division race as the Dodgers were 1 game behind.
Ironically enough, Ruf was asked about the way the Giants season ended after the game.
“Obviously being able to see the replay – it didn’t look like he went but a checked swing earlier in the year helped us out too. It’s kind of funny how it comes down to these two events.”
Ruf, who was once a Dodger, was honest enough to admit the help he received help back in July. His swing surely cost the Dodgers a win, just as the Flores’ call robbed the Giants of a true fighting chance. Then again, Wilmer Flores had not had much success against Max Scherzer in the past and may have very well been the last out anyways. Still, it’s an unfortunate way to have a historic season end.