Playoffs are set. Best of 3 series with all the games at the higher seed.
#1 Tampa Bay Rays vs #8 Toronto Blue Jays
#2 Oakland A's vs #7 Chicago White Sox
#3 Minnesota Twins vs #6 Houston Astros
#4 Cleveland Indians vs #5 New York Yankees (should be Cole vs Bieber in G1)
#1 LA Dodgers vs #8 Milwaukee Brewers
#2 Atlanta Braves vs #7 Cincinnati Reds
#3 Chicago Cubs vs #6 Miami Marlins
#4 San Diego Padres vs #5 St Louis Cardinals
The Giants need to win to make the playoffs. They trailed by a run in the bottom of the 9th with two outs and no one on.
A guy named Slater with a .418 OBP was up. The Giants' best hitter, Mike Yastrzemski, was on deck. Slater was called out on strikes on a ball that was clearly not a strike. It ended the game, and the Giants' season, and sent the Brewers to the playoffs.
The White Sox trailed 10-8 with 2 outs in the bottom of the 9th. If they lost the game they would fall to the 7 seed. If they won the game, and the Twins lost, they would win the division and be the #3 seed. At the time, Cincinnati had scored 3 in the top of the 10th at Minnesota so a Twin loss was likely.
White Sox got a man on so the tie run was at the plate. Nomar Mazara. He was called out on a ball that was probably not a strike, to end the game. To give the Twins the division title and knock Chicago from possibly being a 3 seed to being the 7 seed.
Critical, questionable ball strike calls on the last pitch of the last game for two different teams made a huge difference in who gets in the postseason and who gets what seed.