Flores appeared to check his swing on a pitch from Max Scherzer. But first-base umpire Gabe Morales was given the call and he said Flores swung.
“I don’t think I went. Every at-bat matters in a close game, but there are some things you can’t control,” Flores said, via MLB.com.
Giants manager Gabe Kapler added it was a “super tough” way to lose the game.
“Obviously, you don’t want a game to end that way. I know these guys work really hard to make the right call, so it’s super challenging on our end. … There’s no need to be angry about that. I just think it’s just a disappointing way to end. There are other reasons we didn’t win today’s baseball game,” he said.
Ultimately, it was Cody Bellinger who gave the Dodgers the late-game heroics, singling home Justin Turner in the top of the ninth inning to give Los Angeles the 2-1 lead.
Scherzer would make the final appearance and strike out Flores.
Los Angeles will play the Atlanta Braves in the National League Championship Series for the right to go to the World Series. The defending-champion Dodgers will look to play for the title for the fourth time in five years.
The Giants, who won the National League West division with 107 wins, will have to watch the remainder of the playoffs from home.