Giants top Nationals in NLDS Game 4, move on to NLCS matchup with the Cardinals

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Ryan Vogelsong pitched 5 2/3 innings of one-run ball and the Giants eked out three runs against lefty Gio Gonzalez and the Washington bullpen as San Francisco closed out the NLDS on Tuesday night with a 3-2 Game 4 victory. They’ll now move on to an National League Championship Series matchup with the Cardinals, and for the fifth straight season one of those teams will be heading to the World Series.

The Nationals put up a good fight to try to force a Game 5 back in Washington, D.C. — Bryce Harper launched a game-tying solo splash shot to McCovey Cove in the top of the seventh and then drew a walk in the top of the ninth to represent the tying run — but Giants closer Santiago Casilla ultimately shut the door.

Hunter Pence’s sixth-inning catch against the wall to rob Jayson Werth of an extra-base hit was a huge moment given how close the game remained throughout, and it’ll provide a lasting image of this NLDS win.

The Giants have won seven straight postseason series dating back to 2012. They’ve taken the long road this year, starting with a Wild Card Game victory in Pittsburgh, but now they’re just four wins away from another Fall Classic. Ace Madison Bumgarner will be ready to rock for Game 1 on Saturday at Busch Stadium.

Rockies, Trevor Story agree on two-year, $27.5 million contract

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ESPN’s Jeff Passan reports that the Rockies and shortstop Trevor Story have come to terms on a two-year, $27.5 million deal, buying out his two remaining years of arbitration eligibility.

Story, 27, and the Rockies did not agree on a salary before the deadline earlier this month. Story filed for $11.5 million while the team countered at $10.75 million. The average annual value of this deal — $13.75 million — puts him a little bit ahead this year and likely a little bit behind next year.

This past season in Colorado, Story hit .294/.363/.554 with 35 home runs, 85 RBI, 111 runs scored, and 23 stolen bases over 656 trips to the plate. He also continued to rank among the game’s best defensive shortstops. Per FanGraphs, Story’s 10.9 Wins Above Replacement over the last two seasons is fifth-best among shortstops (min. 1,000 PA) behind Alex Bregman, Francisco Lindor, Xander Bogaerts, and Marcus Semien.

With third baseman Nolan Arenado likely on his way out via trade, one wonders if the same fate awaits Story at some point over the next two seasons.