1993 National League West
The two-time defending NL champion Braves, featuring Ron Gant (far left), were 9 1/2 games behind the first-place Giants on Aug. 7 before going 26-5 (.839!), including wining five of six against San Francisco, to take over first place by Sept. 11. The Giants answered by going 14-2 to tie the division entering the final day of the season, but after Tom Glavine and the Braves beat the Rockies 5-3, the Giants, needing a win to force a playoff, fell apart, managing just one run against the Dodgers' Kevin Gross and losing 12-1 to their age-old rivals. In what was Barry Bonds' (near left) first season with the team, the Giants won 103 games but failed to make the playoffs (this was the final season before the introduction of the wild card).