LOS ANGELES -- The San Francisco Giants dipped into their bag of tricks all season long, defying the experts by winning the National League West.© Gary A. Vasquez, USA TODAY Sports Evan Longoria hits a solo home run off Max Scherzer in the fifth inning to give the Giants a 1-0 lead.
That glass slipper was supposed to shatter in the postseason, crumbling in front of the powerful Los Angeles Dodgers.
But in a stadium so quiet you could hear a World Series reign coming to an end, the Giants’ magic carpet ride flew through the windy skies, defeating the Dodgers, 1-0, in front of 52,299 subdued fans, and taking a 2-to-1-game lead in the best-of-five NL Division Series.
The Giants managed only three hits, none since the fifth inning, watched Max Scherzer utterly dominate them, and still got the last laugh.
The Giants are just one victory away from returning to the National League Championship Series for the first time since 2014 when they last won the World Series.
Who would have thought that after winning a franchise-record 107 games during the regular season, the Giants would revert to old-school, and bring their Candlestick Park weather down to Chavez Ravine.
WEATHER FACTOR: Did the strong winds cause Scherzer to stumble off the mound?
There were 15 to 20-mph wind gusts throughout the game, hot-dog wrappers blowing in the outfield, long fly balls headed towards the seats knocked down to the ground.
Fittingly, the game ended when Gavin Lux hit a two-out drive in the ninth inning that looked like it might tie the game, only for it to die on the warning track for the final out.
The only one who managed to defy the wind was 36-year-old Evan Longoria, who drove Scherzer’s 96-mph through the wind gusts in the fifth inning, into the left-field seats.
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