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The Giants narrowly avoided a sweep by the Mets yesterday afternoon, which would have been the second consecutive series sweep for them. A win is a win (and this one doesn’t change the Giants’ standing as the worst team in baseball by record), but the victory was notable for one astonishing fact:

During that game in 2015, the Marlins were up 2-1 on the Giants in the top of the ninth in San Francisco. Jeremy Affeldt and Santiago Casilla got through four batters without surrendering a run to send the game to the bottom of the ninth.

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Marlins reliever Steve Cishek gave up a single, a double, an intentional walk, and a walk to tie it up. Matt Duffy knocked in the winning run on a single with two outs. The Giants went home victorious in a way they wouldn’t replicate for two years.

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Yesterday afternoon the Giants took a 3-2 deficit into the ninth, then proceeded to score four runs on Mets closer Jeurys Familia, who was making his third appearance in as many games. The game-winning double was off the bat of Christian Arroyo, the Giants’ rookie who’s been blessed with the burden of energizing the lineup.

But going up 6-3 wasn’t enough drama for the Giants, who nearly suffered one of their signature bullpen collapses. Reliever Derek Law gave up a single, a single, and a double to bring the score to 6-5 with two outs. The game ended on a soft groundout from Kevin Plawecki, with the Giants winning 6-5.

In 2015, the Giants went into the ninth inning with the lead 80 times and lost four of those games. In 2016, they took a lead into the ninth 80 times and blew nine of those games. Over the course of those two seasons, they went 2-130 in games in which they trailed going into the ninth inning (stats via Baseball Reference).

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The season’s already over for the Giants, who are already 10 games back in the NL West, but at least they have achieved something of a moral victory yesterday. It’s no longer totally impossible to imagine them winning in dramatic fashion.