How long will Thursday's deciding baseball playoff game between the Giants (109-57 so far this year) vs. Dodgers (109-58) last?
— Steve Sailer (@Steve_Sailer) October 14, 2021
Thursday night’s playoff game at 9 pm EDT between the San Francisco Giants (109-57 on the year) and Los Angeles Dodgers (109-58) marks the third time the two venerable franchises met in a deciding game after the regularly scheduled season.
In 1951, the Giants famously won a playoff for the National League pennant 5-4 on Bobby Thomson’s two-out in the 9th three run homer. That game took 2 hours and 28 minutes.
In 1962, the Giants also came from two down in the ninth inning in brand new Dodger Stadium to beat the Dodgers 6-4. That game took 3:00. (The previous game in the 3 game playoff, an 8-7 Dodger victory, had take a then-record 4:18 for a nine-inning game.)
Tuesday’s 7-2 Dodger win over the Giants to keep the Dodgers alive in this five game playoff took 3:38 minutes. The Giants’ 1-0 win the night before was accomplished in a relatively sprightly 3:08. The Giants’ other shutout win, 4-0, in the first game took a remarkably short 2:38.
But the Dodgers’ last deciding game, a 3-1 win over the St. Louis Cardinals in the one-game Wild Card round last week, took an agonizing 4:15.