SAN FRANCISCO – Logan Webb made his post-season start with a 10 pitching brilliance, Buster Posey hit a two-run homer, and the 107-winning San Francisco Giants defeated the defending World Series champion Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday Night 4 defeated by -0. His NL Division Series opener.
Those two Giants standouts summed up perfectly for the NL West Champs this year: a stellar performance from the young right-hander backed by a seasoned catcher who has shined many times before on this big October stage.
Kris Bryant and Brandon Crawford were backed by Webb as a combined five-hitter and a pair of relievers.
Everyone knows this matchup between age-old rivals takes this best of five playoff series to another level. They finished with two of baseball’s best records, the split coming to a close on the final day as the Dodgers pulled back a game with 106 wins, ending their run of eight consecutive West Crowns.
That meant Los Angeles had to be received by the Cardinals in a wild-card game Wednesday night and then fly straight to the Bay Area.
The Dodgers will also try the series when they send 20-game winner Julio Urias to the mound for Game 2 on Saturday night against legendary All-Star right-hander Kevin Gossman.
Webb waved his pitching hand to a spirited cheerleader in the eighth after a two-out single by Mookie Bates. The batsman did not run.
Tyler Rogers finished eighth and Camilo Doval ninth in the final.
Giants manager Gabe Kapler, who made his own playoff debut on the top leg of the dugout, was confident that 24-year-old Webb would shine on the biggest start of his life. Just this past Sunday, Webb led the Giants in the regular-season finals ahead of the Padres as San Francisco won the club’s first division title since 2012. Webb hasn’t lost in Colorado since May 5.
With a makeover and slider feature, the web was in total command.
Tommy La Stella hit a pair of singles and played a sparkling defense, starting things off with a five-pitch walk from Buehler in the bottom of the first.
It set things up for Posey, who sat through last year’s coronavirus-shortened season to care for twin girls who were born prematurely. He grabbed the pitch 3-0 in a water-splash column atop a right-field arcade with two outs in the first to send an orange-towel-waving orange-towel crowd of 41,934 into a frenzy.
Kapler said that Posey could play the game after every season, and why not? At 34, the veteran catcher started the season in five of the final six regular-season games and 10 of 13 overall. It marked his first postseason home run since Game 4 of the 2012 World Series at Max Schaezer’s in Detroit.
La Stella intercepted Justin Turner’s sharp grounder at second base in fourth and in the same motion flipped the ball toward Crawford, and the shortstop that fired first baseman Wilmer Flores for an innings-ending double play.
This is the first meeting after the season between the storied franchises, which have a history dating back to their days in New York. In 1951 and 1962 the teams faced off in best-of-three NL tiebreakers, with the Giants winning each of the three.
Webb one night San Francisco 49ers Hall of Famers Jerry Rice and Steve Young chanted “Beat LA!” led. Chant before the first pitch. Home run king Barry Bonds sits with NBA Hall of Famer Chris Mullin in the middle innings as he is shown on the big screen, standing and waved a standing ovation.
Bryant, acquired in the midseason trade with the Cubs, home to the Giants. Buehler lowered his head with his hands on his knees as the ball went over the left field fence.
Crawford finished eighth.
Buehler had a life-long 7–0 victory against the Giants and was defeated in the season finale on September 5 as San Francisco took a 10–9 lead over LA – the Dodgers scored an 80-run mark. 78 was taken advantage of.