These are not the elimination games the Giants wanted to be playing. Last fall they were unbeatable in elimination games the type that kept them alive in the postseason. Knowing a loss would send them home they beat the Reds and Cardinals three times apiece on their road to the World Series. The elimination games they're in now? The worst kind. The kind they don't care to monitor. In walk-off fashion on a foggy Monday evening in China Basin the Giants beat the Rockies 3-2 on Brandon Belt's 10th-inning single but were eliminated in the National League West race which they weren't really in since July. What everyone already had known the math made official when the first-place Dodgers finished their 8-1 victory over the Diamondbacks. That happened in Los Angeles just before Angel Pagan legged out an infield single in the 10th inning in San Francisco. Pagan took third on Marco Scutaro's single and scored when Belt who tied the game with an RBI double in the eighth hit an untouched liner to left-center. With 18 games remaining the Giants are 19 1/2 games behind the Dodgers who probably imagine bigger and better conquests than simply phasing out their last-place rivals. "They did the exact opposite of what we did. They just took off" Belt said of the Dodgers. "We want to finish as strong as possible. We're not just professionals we're competitors too." For the record the defending champs are on the verge of also getting eliminated from the wild-card race. That could come as early as Tuesday. So their only race is the race to avoid finishing fifth in a five-team division. They're a half-game out of fourth place and one game out of third so it's not as if there's nothing to play for.
Giants win, but are eliminated from NL West race
San Francisco Chronicle | Sep 10