It took a remarkable 107 wins to do it and it didn’t happen until the final day of the season, but the San Francisco Giants finally took the NL West crown on Sunday. Having been pushed all year long by the Los Angeles Dodgers, winners of the division in each of the last eight seasons, they got the job done on the last day with a dominant 11-4 home victory over the San Diego Padres. Starter Logan Webb did about everything he could, giving up runs when the game was already in hand in a seven-inning showing while also homering. Buster Posey finished with three RBI’s in the game, and that means that they will be facing the winner of the Dodgers and Cardinals in the NLDS.
Elsewhere, it also took both the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees all 162 games to clinch their postseason berth. And they each had to wait until the ninth to do it. The Red Sox were down 5-1 in Washington to the Nationals after the fifth frame, but Rafael Devers and co. were not to be denied. He had already homered in the fourth, but he also singled in the seventh to begin the rally and hit the two-run, ninth-inning homer that ultimately handed them the 7-5 win. With a win, they eliminated the Toronto Blue Jays, who had already won, and also ended the dream of the Seattle Mariners. Before the Red Sox had done that, though, the Yankees did the same as they won 0-1 over the Tampa Bay Rays in a squeaker. Aaron Judge hit an infield single with runners on second and third for the game’s sole run, locking up their place before the Red Sox. They will now travel to Fenway Park on Tuesday to see who will get to take on Tampa in the ALDS. What a tight season and what a great ending to the anything-but-regular season.