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Even Year Magic Continues For The San Francisco Giants

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Joe Panik walks off Cubs to keep the San Francisco Giants alive

Entering Game 3 of the NLDS, the San Francisco Giants had an incredible amount of confidence. They were facing elimination at the hands of the Chicago Cubs but had their ace Madison Bumgarner on the mound. Pair that with the fact that the Giants are 9-0 in elimination games and you have the makings for a Giants victory.

The Cubs countered with the reigning Cy Young award winner Jake Arrieta in Game 3. With the score tied at 0 in the top of the 2nd, Arrieta stepped to the plate with two men on. Arrieta turned on a Bumgarner fastball and drove it into the seats for a 3-run home run.

The Giants would scratch back two runs with a Buster Posey RBI single in the 3rd and a Brandon Belt sac-fly in the 5th. Those would be the only two runs that Arrieta would allow as he went six innings and gave up two runs on six hits while striking out five. Bumgarner settled down after the Arrieta home run and was removed after five innings. Bumgarner allowed just those three runs on seven hits while striking out four.

After Belt’s sac-fly in the 5th, the score remained 3-2 Chicago until the bottom of the 8th. Conor Gillaspie would come up with two men on and drive them both home with a 2-run triple. Brandon Crawford would then drive in Gillaspie giving the Giants a 5-3 lead heading into the 9th.

With one man on in the top of the 9th, Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant would step to the plate with a chance to tie the game. He would do just that with a 355-foot home run to left field. The score would remain locked at 5 until the bottom of the 13th inning.

Brandon Crawford would double off Mike Montgomery to put the game winning run in scoring position in the 13th. Joe Panik would step to the plate with a chance to be the hero. Panik would turn on a pitch and hit it off the right field wall to walk off the Cubs.

The win would push the Giants record to 10-0 in elimination games and set up a Game 4 in San Francisco on Tuesday.

Coverage of Game 4 will begin at 8:30pm eastern on FS1. The pitching matchup will include John Lackey for the Cubs against Matt Moore for the Giants.

San Francisco will look to even up the series while the Cubs will look to finish off the Giants. The series now stands at 2-1 in favor of the Cubs.