SAN FRANCISCO – The first ever modern-era playoff matchup between rivals. A 107-win division champion and a 106-win wild card juggernaut. A winner-take-all Game 5 was decided at the last minute.
From Opening Day to the final act at Oracle Park on Thursday night, the Giants and Dodgers pushed each other in a way never before seen in the history of a rivalry that traces its roots more than 3,000 miles away Was.
And when the Giants narrowly edged out the Dodgers in a historic division race, it was the Dodgers who beat the Giants with a ninth-inning rally that left San Francisco and Camilo Doval heartbroken after a 2-1 loss. Broken.
The Giants spent the ninth inning hoping that one of their hitters could deliver the type of finisher Bobby Thomson did in 1951, when his shot Heard ‘Round the World saw the New York Giants secure a National League pennant behind the Brooklyn Dodgers. But Los Angeles turned to Game 3 starter Max Scherzer to close the door on the Giants’ dream season.
Instead a Giants team felt the bat had been thrown out of their hands during the entire series by poor umpiring, ending the season when Wilmer Flores appeared to successfully test his swing on a pitch in the dirt and Anyway, first base umpire Gabe Morales dismissed him. .
The 24th and final matchup between the teams this year ended with the Hero Giants and Dodgers facing the worst in a regular season matchup. With two ons and one out in the ninth, Cody Bellinger, who went 2-for-50 against the Giants during the regular season, saw four consecutive sliders off Doval, before drilling one into right center field to advance. .
Doval regularly touches triple digits on the radar gun with his fastball, but is confident in his fastball after hitting Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner with a 100 mph four-seamer in the ninth with a one-out. Appeared to be lost. After Doval threw five straight sliders to center fielder Gavin Lux, he fed a fastball to a left-handed hitter, finding a hole in the left side of the infield to propel Turner into the scoring position.
That’s when Bellinger came up with a hit that would define his legacy and be a lasting memory of a year that brought unparalleled drama to the rivalry.
Before 24-year-old Logan Webb delivered the first pitch to Dodgers leadoff man Mookie Bates, Los Angeles manager Dave Roberts had already lobbed the game’s first curveball. Seven hours before the first pitch, the Dodgers announced that not 20-game winner Julio Urias, but reliever Cory Nebel would begin Thursday’s play.
Who one of baseball’s best starters needed an opener? For a chance to take down the National League West champions, Roberts said it gave the Dodgers their best chance of winning.
Truth be told, it didn’t hurt.
Nebel and reliever Brusadar Greatrol each had a Giants baserunner reach scoring position in the first two innings, but when Ureas eventually took the mound at the bottom of the third, the game was still scoreless.
While the Giants’ offense missed early opportunities, it was never out of the game, thanks to a dominant starter who overcame the National League’s highest-scoring offense for the second time in a week.
After leading the Giants to victory on the final day of the regular season against the Padres and Game 1 of the NLDS against the Dodgers, Webb returned Thursday with an opportunity to rewrite on the mound at Oracle Park. Top line of his big-game resume for his third consecutive start.
Two of the five hits Webb delivered in his Game 1 debut against the Dodgers were Bates’ singles, who are at their best on the game’s biggest stage. Bates was practically a one-man show against Webb again on Thursday, as he recorded three singles in three at-bats, including a line drive hit in the top of the sixth.
After being stranded on the basepath after each of his first two hits, Bates finished second in sixth and jogged home for the first run of the game in a softly hit double in shallow left field from Dodgers shortstop Corey Seeger. Seager became the first Dodgers player other than Bates to reach base against Webb, but it gave Los Angeles a 1–0 lead that appeared crucial in a series the team won the first four games.
However, the Giants responded quickly at the bottom of the innings as Roof came to the plate set to hit a ball where no Dodgers outfielder could track it. After a 377-foot flyout on his first bat and a 378-foot flyout the next, Roof launched a massive 452-foot single home run straight into center field, drawing the biggest excitement of the season so far. Oracle Park Crowd.
Roof went 0-for-9, his sixth inning plate appearance in the series, but a majestic homer reset the game and revived the Giants’ dugout.
With the game tied at 1-1, the Giants sent Webb back to the mound and all he did was wrap up a sensational outing with a 1-2-3 innings punctuated by an eight-pitch strike that then brought the crowd to their feet. .
The crowd also ended the game there. In the final, however, they stared in disbelief.
An unforgettable journey has come to an end.