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Déjà vu: Giants' season again ends on controversial call originally appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea
Giants fans might have been feeling some déjà vu after the controversial end of Thursday night's Game 5 of the National League Division Series. Wilmer Flores' questionable check swing will forever be remembered as one of the more frustrating ways a Giants season ever has come to an end.
It might feel like déjà vu because the 2020 season also ended on a brutal called strike three, robbing the Giants of a chance to compete in the expanded playoff field.
Rob Drake was awful all afternoon. Ended the game (and season) on this pitch. Bring on the robots. pic.twitter.com/jZeLTD1IMg
— Alex Pavlovic (@PavlovicNBCS) September 27, 2020
Strike three to end the season? 🧐 pic.twitter.com/jIGOCnFTsJ
Fast forward 382 days, and the Giants were eliminated from the playoffs on this "swing" by Flores.
This "swing" ended the Giants' season ... pic.twitter.com/MAB5mhaYAq
— SF Giants on NBCS (@NBCSGiants) October 15, 2021
Ironically, the home plate umpire from Game 5 of the NLDS, Doug Eddings, was at second base for the Giants' regular season finale in 2020.
Similar to that finale in 2020, the Giants had chances to win Game 5 and keep it from being decided on such a controversial call. The Giants were 0-for-5 with runners in scoring position on Thursday night, and 0-3 with runners in scoring position in the 2020 season finale.
All Giants fans can do now is look ahead to 2022 and hope next season ends on a lighter note.