Brandon Mangin/MLB Photos via Getty Images(SAN FRANCISCO) — The Giants are back in the NLCS again after beating the Washington Nationals 3-2 on Tuesday night.
The Giants took the best-of-five series 3-1 and will travel to St. Louis to take on the Cardinals on Saturday night in Game 1 of the NLCS.
Joe Panik scored the go-ahead run in the seventh inning on Aaron Barrett’s bases-loaded wild pitch and Santiago Casilla closed the door in the top of the ninth.
Ryan Vogelsong tossed 5.2 innings and gave up one run with four strikeouts, but got the no decision after Bryce Harper hit a game-tying homer run in the top of the seventh.
Hunter Strickland gave up the homer to Harper, but when Panik scored in the bottom half of the inning, he got the win in relief.
“It’s been a remarkable journey. I wouldn’t trade it for the world,” Giants outfielder Hunter Pence said. “If it was easy, it wouldn’t be as fun.”
The Nationals had the best record in the National League, but will watch the rest of the playoffs from home.
“It’s tender and it’s bitter and all of those things, but I’m proud of them,” rookie manager Matt Williams said.
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