It was a valiant effort, but the Dodgers came up short. Or rather, we didn't come up short, but we made sure to still come up short.
In the pivotal, gut-wrenching seventh inning, A.J. Ellis' nine-pitch at bat against Giant steroid user (sorry, that was redundant) Guillermo Mota ended with a deep HR to dead center, plating two and making it 4-3. But even though those two runs came with none out, the Dodgers' momentum came to a screeching halt: Nick Punto struck out, Mark Ellis inexplicably tried to stretch a double and was nailed at third by about four hundred miles, and then Shane Victorino tripled to right (which would have tied the game had Ellis not been an idiot)...only to watch Matt Kemp strike out for the third time, stranding Victorino at third.
Kemp hurled the bat. Dodger fans just hurled.
Mark Ellis, he of the one triple all year, ran us out of the 2012 season.
And that was as close as we came. Eighth inning, nothing. Ninth inning, Andre Ethier led off with a single to center. But with two out in the ninth, PR Dee Gordon barely stole second during an at bat of--you guessed it--Mark Ellis. Who flied out to center for the final out.
Now if you'll excuse me, I have Evelyn Taft to ogle.
I mean, seriously. How can you not smile: