With some strong swings, solid pitching and defensive gems that define the Dodgers ’success over the past decade, the defending World Series champions took home the main playoff position that gained momentum far beyond the Giants’ winning division. .
Appropriately, the NL Division Series between rivals turned into a recurring battle.
Julio Urías shut down San Francisco and contributed a single RBI for his cause, Cody Bellinger and AJ Pollock delivered two doubles to break it in the sixth, and Los Angeles beat the Giants 9-2 on Saturday. night even the series between two baseball teams winning a game.
Dodgers manager Dave Roberts declared earlier in the day, “We’re going to play this game like a do or die,” and the lead over the champs did just that by constantly adding to all the games , including Will Smith’s leadoff homer in the eighth.
Now, NL West runner -up Los Angeles – second place despite the Giants ’106 wins out of 107 – will go to Chavez Ravine with a chance to ride on this win and hand Max Scherzer side the ball.
“It’s a good feeling,” Roberts said. “It’s interesting how the narrative has changed from one game. Right now, it’s a three -game series, we have the advantage on the field and we have Max on the heap. I like where we are.”
The best five-set move to Dodger Stadium for Game 3 on Monday night across the square, hardly a surprise considering how close these clubs have been for months. The Giants finished the Dodgers for the division on the final day and took the season series 10-9 but missed the overall 80-78.
“It’s great to win one on the road,” Dodgers star Mookie Betts said. “Julio pitched a great game. Any kind of environment like this, he’s coming ready to pitch.”
Urías hit a single RBI in the second to give Los Angeles the lead, and Betts followed with a single running scoring.
And the “Come on, Giants!” suddenly the chants compete against the Los Angeles loyal “Let’s go, Dodgers!” in a noisy, largely orange sellout crowd of 42,275.
“It’s exciting to land the team, I think they fed that,” Urías said through an interpreter.
San Francisco responded back in the bottom half when Urías walked over to Wilmer Flores heading in and handed Brandon Crawford the single. Flores advanced on Evan Longoria’s deep flyball to focus and scored on a sacrificial flight by Donovan Solano.
Urías does not seem to look.
Leading up to his start, the 25-year-old lefty stressed how dealing with these Giants will have immense focus-and the winner of 20 games is sure to part from the first tone to the massive right hand of Giants All-Star Kevin Gausman.
Urías is undefeated in his last 17 regular-seasons starting June 21, recording 11-0 along that line that included a Sept. 4 victory here at infamous Oracle Park. He blasted five and walked more than five innings on Saturday, giving one run to three hits.
“I have never seen him without a tool. He always has it, ”Giants infielder Wilmer Flores said.
Gausman, furiously chomping his bubble gum, had a tough action to follow after a Logan Webb jewel on his posteason debut a night earlier, when his right hand and a pair of pacifiers were held the slip to the Dodgers on five hits in a 4-0 victory.
Trea Turner doubled the lead in the sixth, and after Justin Turner’s move, Smith walked to chase Gausman after a 5 1/3 inning where he killed seven and walked three.
Trea Turner also contributed two stellar defensive plays at second base, while Betts prevented a potential Giants rally in the sixth with a perfect throw from the right field to catch Flores in third. Flores was responsible for the move.
“Sometimes you just do things you can’t really explain,” Betts said of his play. “And that’s just one of them.”
Buster Posey’s sixth inning single gave him 54 career playoff hits, most in Giants postseason history. He had three hits in the game.
“It’s clearly expected to turn the page on tonight’s game and get ready for Los Angeles,” Giants manager Gabe Kapler said. “It wasn’t our best effort tonight. The Dodgers just put the bats better than us, made more pitches than us, made more plays than us.
“So we’ve done the full length of time, we’re going to test the page and get ready for an off day, an off day of preparation and get ready for Game 3.”
Roberts joined Bellinger at first base – he played four games there this year and 19 in 2020 – to get Chris Taylor’s bat in the lineup. Taylor hit a decisive two-run homer in the ninth inning of Wednesday’s 3-1 wild-card win against the Cardinals.
Taylor doubled his first at-bat with one in the second and combined 2 for 4 with a walk.
Bellinger also passed.
The 2019 NL MVP dropped to a .165 average in the regular season and was 0 for 5 with four strikeouts in the series before taking this one on a walk with his double in the sixth.
“He wanted to use a big part of the field, and in order for him to be rewarded, it was a big hit,” Roberts said. “I think there’s a big weight lifted from his shoulders.”
Prior to that, there had been 75,528 occasions that a player had fought 50 -plus times against a team at a time – including the posteason – since 1903, and Bellinger’s average of .038 (2 for 53) compared. the Giants are the lowest of any of the players, according to SportRadar.
Dodgers: Los Angeles remains hoping to have 1B Max Muncy back in action if the Dodgers advance. The slugger dropped his left elbow in the regular-series finale on Sunday after a collision with Milwaukee’s Jace Peterson earlier. Muncy, who batted .250 with 36 homers, was not expected to need surgery.
Giants: The 1B Brandon Belt is having a broken left thumb that was re -examined by hand expert Dr. Scott Hansen. The Belt and the Giants expect him to recover in time for a return to the NLCS if the Giants move forward.
Giants ’Alex Wood will start Game 3. San Francisco is 12-2 with Wood on the pile following a regular-season loss. Scherzer started his second posteason after throwing a one-run ball over 4 1/3 innerization in the wild-card win against St. Louis.
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