LOS ANGELES – The division was epic, the playoffs were historic, and the next game between the top two main event teams is sure to be a match of a lifetime.
Following a 7-2 defeat to the Dodgers in Game 4 of the NLDS in Los Angeles on Tuesday, the Giants held their first modern-era playoff streak between rivals, returning to the coast for Game 5 Winner Takes All ” on Thursday evening. at Oracle Park.
After stunning the Dodgers and ace Max Scherzer with a 1-0 win in Monday’s third game, the Giants are back on Diamond Tuesday with a chance to secure one of the biggest wins in the history of a rivalry that has moved from New York to California. back in 1958.
Their efforts were unsuccessful.
All-Star right-hander Walker Buehler returned for a short break to complete 4 1/3 innings in a single run for the Dodgers, while Giants veteran Anthony DeSklafani recorded just five strikeouts in a performance that required manager Gabe Kapler to indulge the crowd even more. than 52,935 fans to the parade of ineffective assistive devices.
“I don’t think we’re going to spend a lot of time analyzing this game as a team,” Kapler said frankly.
The Giants squad, which relied on their pitching staff to cover up recent struggles, couldn’t hide on Tuesday as offense missed several early opportunities to put pressure on the Dodgers, which seem to do best with their backs against the wall.
After the Giants won Game 3 1-0 on Monday, Kapler immediately announced that DeSklafani would start game 4 on Tuesday. The right-hander posted a 7.33 ERA in six starts against the Dodgers this year, but the Giants reckon that the six innings DeSclafani threw against Los Angeles on September 3 were more indicative of his ability than his May 23 performance, in which he gave up 10 runs earned in 2 2/3 innings.
In his first playoff start, the seventh-year veteran was unable to make it out of the second half.
They just collect good at-bats, they have a good game plan, I don’t have a concrete answer, ”DeSklafani said when asked about his fight with the Dodgers. “It’s just that I’m just trying to stick with my game plan and attack, and I guess I haven’t made enough changes.”
DeSklafani allowed loner Corey Seeger and Trey Turner’s double RBI in the first inning before giving up three more punches and a sacrifice to Chris Taylor in the second inning. Everyone at Dodger Stadium could tell that the contact was loud, the swing was sharp, and the night was destined to be short for the pitcher, who was playing at All-Star level against all but the Dodgers this season.
“We’ve seen the Dodgers do some good shots against DeSclafani in the past, and basically here we just admitted it, admitted it and made the decision that we were going to get through it and try to stay in the game with our bullpen,” Kapler said. …
Unfortunately for Kapler, the pitchers he approached after he started didn’t fare much better.
The Giants opened the third stage with hopes that rookie Kervin Castro could potentially throw a few innings, but he got through two of three hitters he faced before Kapler sent him off in favor of Jarlin Garcia. Garcia’s command was shaky as he released a step and missed the plate against Taylor, but LaMonte Wade Jr.’s jump in front of the left side of the field saved several runs and kept the Giants 2-0 deficit.
In the fourth inning, Betts hit a ball that the Giants outfielder couldn’t track.
After Buhler made a mistake at Garcia Field, Betts fired a fastball in the outside corner through the right side of the field, taking Los Angeles 4-0 ahead.
Garcia’s fight pushed Kapler into the bullpen again as Dominic Leone became the team’s fifth pitcher to appear in the first four innings. Like others before him, team troubles cost Leone the run as he released a weekend walk in the fifth before Cody Bellinger’s single and Betts fly against Tyler Rogers increased the Dodgers’ lead to 5-1.
The Giants have had a couple of runs at RBI pitches, but the squad will almost certainly have to do better on Thursday when the Dodgers move to left-hander Julio Urias, who won the reliever in the second game of the series.
With their season at stake, Kapler and the Giants will challenge 24-year-old Logan Webb, who was one of the top pitchers of the majors in the second half and the starter that led them to victory in their NL West, cementing the win on the final day of the regular season and in the first game. this series.
After throwing 7 2/3 shutout innings against the Dodgers on Friday, Webb will have the biggest game of his life for the third straight start. The Rocklin native has won all of his last two tests, but on Thursday he will perform for the first time when the Giants really have no room for error.
The Giants with 107 wins and the Dodgers with 106 wins pushed each other to the brink. When teams return to San Francisco, one of the most striking chapters in the history of the rivalry is destined to give us all an unforgettable ending.
“A lot of these guys have been playing against each other for a long time,” said catcher Buster Posey. “I mean, that’s why you play. It really comes down to competition and execution, and it’s pretty simple. ”