On a night when Madison Bumgarner was mortal—allowing three runs (!) on a home run by opposing pitcher Jake Arrieta (!!)—the Giants found a little bit of the Even Year Magic that had been part of their three championships in the six years prior. How else can you explain Gillaspie—yes, him again—banging a go-ahead, two-run triple off of fearsome Cubs closer Aroldis Chapman with his team five outs from elimination for a 4–3 lead? San Francisco stretched its lead to 5–3, but its own closer, Sergio Romo, gave the lead right back in the ninth by allowing a two-run homer to Kris Bryant. That set up a back-and-forth battle in which no runners advanced past second base until the bottom of the 13th, when the Giants' Joe Panik followed Brandon Crawford's leadoff double with one of his own, keeping San Francisco alive with a 6–5 win. It was enough to make Cubs fans wonder what they’d done to offend whatever deities kept giving San Francisco its seemingly supernatural postseason powers.

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