By JANIE McCAULEY, AP Baseball Author
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Logan Webb struck out 10 pitching masterfully in his postseason debut, Buster Posey hit a two-run homer that held up, and the 107-win San Francisco Giants blanked the defending World Collection champion Los Angeles Dodgers 4-0 Friday night time within the opener of their NL Division Collection.
These two Giants standouts summed up this yr completely for the NL West champs: An excellent efficiency by the younger right-hander supported by a veteran catcher who has shined on this large October stage so many instances earlier than.
Kris Bryant and Brandon Crawford additionally homered to again a mixed five-hitter by Webb and a pair of relievers.
Everyone is aware of this matchup between century-old rivals takes this best-of-five playoff sequence to a different degree. They completed with baseball’s two finest information, the division coming all the way down to the ultimate day because the Dodgers wound up one sport again with 106 wins, ending their run of eight consecutive West crowns.
That meant Los Angeles needed to get by the Cardinals within the wild-card sport Wednesday night time then fly straight to the Bay Space.
The Dodgers will attempt to even the sequence after they ship 20-game winner Julio Urías to the mound for Recreation 2 on Saturday night time reverse Giants All-Star right-hander Kevin Gausman.
Webb waved his pitching hand strolling off to a rousing ovation within the eighth after a two-out single by Mookie Betts. He did not stroll a batter.
Tyler Rogers relieved for the ultimate out within the eighth and Camilo Doval labored the ninth.
Giants supervisor Gabe Kapler, making his personal playoff debut on the dugout’s high step, had absolute confidence the 24-year-old Webb would shine within the greatest begin of his life. Simply final Sunday, Webb pitched the Giants previous the Padres within the regular-season finale as San Francisco clinched the membership’s first division title since 2012. Webb hasn’t misplaced since Could 5 at Colorado.
That includes a changeup and slider, Webb was in complete command.
Tommy La Stella hit a pair of singles and performed glowing protection, getting issues began by drawing a five-pitch stroll from Buehler within the backside of the primary.
That set issues up for Posey, who sat out final yr’s coronavirus-shortened season to look after prematurely born adopted twin ladies. He clobbered a 3-0 pitch right into a water-spraying pillar above the right-field arcade with two outs within the first to ship the orange-towel waving sellout crowd of 41,934 right into a frenzy.
Kapler stated Posey may play each postseason sport, and why not? At age 34, the veteran catcher began 5 of the ultimate six regular-season video games and 10 of 13 total to finish the season. This marked his first postseason house run since Recreation 4 of the 2012 World Collection at Detroit off Max Scherzer.
La Stella stopped Justin Turner’s sharp grounder to second base within the fourth and in the identical movement flipped the ball to Crawford, and the shortstop who fired to first baseman Wilmer Flores for an inning-ending double play.
That is the primary postseason assembly between the storied franchises whose historical past goes manner again to their days in New York. In 1951 and 1962 the groups confronted off in a best-of-three NL tiebreaker with the Giants profitable every of these in three.
Webb dazzled on an evening San Francisco 49ers Corridor of Famers Jerry Rice and Steve Younger led the “Beat LA!” chant earlier than first pitch. Dwelling run king Barry Bonds drew a standing ovation, stood and waved when proven on the large display within the center innings sitting with NBA Corridor of Famer Chris Mullin.
Bryant, acquired in a midseason commerce with the Cubs, homered for the Giants. Buehler lowered his head with palms on knees because the ball sailed over the left-field fence.
Crawford homered within the eighth.
Buehler had been 7-0 lifetime in opposition to the Giants earlier than taking a loss Sept. 5 within the season sequence finale as San Francisco edged L.A. 10-9 — with the Dodgers holding an 80-78 benefit in runs.
Dodgers: Dodgers supervisor Dave Roberts went with lefty David Value amongst his 12 pitchers over fellow southpaw Justin Bruihl, who made his main league debut in August and is not somebody Los Angeles is snug with pitching back-to-back days but. Relating to Value, Roberts famous the pluses, “I believe with David, definitely the expertise, the flexibility so as to add some size, a impartial arm.” Actually, Roberts did not rule out contemplating Value as an opener for Recreation 4.
Giants: RHP Johnny Cueto was left off San Francisco’s roster after he missed vital time by way of the season with elbow troubles. “Very powerful resolution. I believe we might have favored to have had him stretched out and maybe thought-about him as any individual who may begin one in every of these video games for us,” Kapler stated. “We simply weren’t in a position to get there, and that’s powerful. Specifically it’s powerful as a result of Johnny has meant a lot to the group.” … 1B Brandon Belt is sidelined by a damaged left thumb that he hopes will heal in time for a return within the NLCS ought to the Giants advance.
Urías (20-3, 2.96 ERA) hasn’t misplaced in 17 begins since June 21, going 11-0 over that stretch that included a Sept. 4 win at Oracle Park.
“It is a large sport and I’ll have the utmost focus,” Urías stated.
Gausman (14-6, 2.81) was 0-1 over his closing 4 begins following 5 straight profitable selections. However he allowed one run over seven innings final Saturday in an eventual extra-innings loss to San Diego.
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