The Giants won the NL West by one game and through the first four games of the series, each team had won once at home and once on the road, so it was no surprise a trip to the league championship series came down to the final batter.
Scherzer threw an 86 miles per hour slider out of the strike zone and Flores checked his swing. The Dodgers asked first base umpire Gabe Morales for an appeal and Morales called Flores out ending the series.
The Giants had no recourse in the situation as the play is not reviewable.
Almost immediately the baseball world had an issue with the call.
Here is some of their reactions:
Dodgers manager Dave Roberts was asked about the check swing after the game.
“I’m trying to sell it as much as I possibly can. So it’s baseball and, it’s baseball, and ultimately we won a ball game,” Roberts said.
The Dodgers move on to play the Atlanta Braves in a rematch of last season’s NLCS, which Los Angeles won in seven games, coming back from a 3-1 series deficit.
This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: NLDS Game 5: How baseball world reacted to third strike check swing