/Dodgers vs. Giants Live Updates: L.A. Wins 2-1 and Advances to NLCS – The New York Times

Dodgers vs. Giants Live Updates: L.A. Wins 2-1 and Advances to NLCS – The New York Times


Oct. 15, 2021, 12:36 a.m. ET

Oct. 15, 2021, 12:36 a.m. ET

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On two days of rest, Max Scherzer came out for the bottom of the ninth, looking for the first save of his major league career.

He got Brandon Crawford to line out to left for the first out. A grounder by Kris Bryant popped out of Justin Turner’s glove, allowing Bryant to reach first on the error. “Late Night” LaMonte Wade Jr. came up, but Scherzer was able to strike the Giants’ folk hero out on six pitches with a called strike three.

San Francisco’s last hope was Wilmer Flores. In a controversial call that will be replayed for years to come, Flores tried to check his swing on an 87-m.p.h. slider from Scherzer but the umpires declared him to have gone too far, ending the game on a judgment call of a matter of inches. The play was not reviewable.

The Dodgers are headed to the N.L.C.S.

Oct. 15, 2021, 12:30 a.m. ET

Oct. 15, 2021, 12:30 a.m. ET

Max Scherzer has not pitched in relief since Game 5 of the 2017 N.L.D.S., a loss to the Cubs.

Oct. 15, 2021, 12:27 a.m. ET

Oct. 15, 2021, 12:27 a.m. ET

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After Camilo Doval got Will Smith to ground out to first to start the inning, he hit Justin Turner with a pitch. Turner advanced to second on a single by Gavin Lux, and then disaster struck for the Giants when Cody Bellinger, the 2019 Most Valuable Player Award winner, singled to right, scoring a run.

Chris Taylor tried to bunt with runners on first and third, and ended up popping out to a charging Wilmer Flores. That brought up Matt Beaty, who grounded out to first to end the inning.

The Giants have three more outs to get back into this game or their dream season is over.

Dodgers take late 2-1 lead on a Cody Bellinger single.

An R.B.I. single by the former M.V.P. has Los Angeles on top in a close game.

Oct. 15, 2021, 12:06 a.m. ET

Oct. 15, 2021, 12:06 a.m. ET

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If the Giants are going to bring in their closer, the Dodgers are going to do the same. Kenley Jansen came on in relief of Blake Treinen to start the eighth and quickly got Donovan Solano to line out to third — a play that benefited greatly from good positioning, as Justin Turner was hugging the line and did not have to move much to snag the liner.

Darin Ruf struck out in a six-pitch at-bat, and Buster Posey did the same to end the inning.

This game is headed to the ninth, all tied up.

Oct. 15, 2021, 12:02 a.m. ET

Oct. 15, 2021, 12:02 a.m. ET

Kenley Jansen put that third strike fastball exactly where Smith wanted it, up and in. Perfection.

Oct. 14, 2021, 11:59 p.m. ET

Oct. 14, 2021, 11:59 p.m. ET

A reminder that the “Beat L.A.” chant started in the Boston Garden in 1983 when the 76ers were on their way to ousting the Celtics before facing the hated Lakers. Celtics fans preferred Philly over L.A.

Oct. 14, 2021, 11:56 p.m. ET

Oct. 14, 2021, 11:56 p.m. ET

Camilo Doval gets out of a jam with one pitch in the eighth. No surprise, since Doval was the N.L. Reliever of the Month for September. He did not allow a run in 15 appearances, and limited opponents to .143 a batting average in that span.

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Oct. 14, 2021, 11:54 p.m. ET

Oct. 14, 2021, 11:54 p.m. ET

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Tyler Rogers and Camilo Doval did their jobs.

Rogers got Chris Taylor to fly out to center to start the inning. A.J. Pollock, pinch-hitting for Blake Treinen, singled on a bouncer that Wilmer Flores couldn’t corral at first, and Mookie Betts, who flailed ridiculously at a first-pitch slider, ended up singling on a grounder up the middle (making him 4 for 4).

Rogers was able to strike out Corey Seager, but that was it, as Manager Gabe Kapler brought in Camilo Doval to try to keep things tied. The young closer made ridiculously quick work of Trea Turner, needing only one pitch to retire the N.L. batting champion on a fly to right.

Oct. 14, 2021, 11:39 p.m. ET

Oct. 14, 2021, 11:39 p.m. ET

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The aces are done.

Blake Treinen replaced Julio Urias to start the seventh, and he got an out on the first pitch he threw when Wilmer Flores lined to left. The second out came on a seven-pitch strikeout of Evan Longoria, and the third came when pinch-hitter Alex Dickerson (coming in for Logan Webb, who is officially done) struck out swinging.

Urias, who was originally scheduled to start, ended up throwing four innings in relief, striking out five and allowing three hits.

Oct. 14, 2021, 11:32 p.m. ET

Oct. 14, 2021, 11:32 p.m. ET

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Logan Webb is through seven innings, but there is no chance he comes out for an eighth. The right-hander is up to 106 pitches and the Giants had activity in their bullpen throughout the seventh. That being said, Webb was once again dominant and if that was it, he is now at 14⅔ innings for his postseason career and has allowed only one run.

In the seventh, Justin Turner led off and lined out to second on a nice play by Donovan Solano, who hung onto the ball while going down to one knee. Gavin Lux also hit the ball sharply, but straight at Wilmer Flores, who fielded it cleanly and touched first for the second out. That left Cody Bellinger, who struck out swinging on the eighth pitch he saw.

Webb has allowed four hits over his seven innings, striking out seven and walking one.

Oct. 14, 2021, 11:32 p.m. ET

Oct. 14, 2021, 11:32 p.m. ET

Terrific work by Webb and Posey against Bellinger, who was fighting off pitch after pitch in an extended at-bat. Webb did not throw a slider until the eighth pitch, and it was a perfect one, dipping down after about 60 feet, 8.5 inches, just in front of Bellinger’s swing on strike three to end the inning.

Oct. 14, 2021, 11:22 p.m. ET

Oct. 14, 2021, 11:22 p.m. ET

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It did not take long for the Giants to answer the Dodgers’ score in the top half of the inning.

Darin Ruf had been close on a few long outs earlier in the game, and after Julio Urias repeatedly challenged him with fastballs, Ruf made him pay for one by crushing it over the fence in center field to tie the game, 1-1.

Buster Posey got caught looking at a terrific curveball for strike three, and Brandon Crawford flied out to right on the first pitch he saw. With two outs, Kris Bryant singled on a liner that shot between Justin Turner and Corey Seager and into left field, resulting in a trip to the mound from pitching coach Mark Prior, and then Urias retired Austin Slater on a grounder to short.

Oct. 14, 2021, 11:09 p.m. ET

Oct. 14, 2021, 11:09 p.m. ET

Darin Ruf had two long outs on well-hit balls prior to his home run, which was 110 m.p.h. off the bat.

Darin Ruf ties the game, 1-1, with a mammoth blast.

Leading off the bottom half of the inning, Ruf crushed a Julio Urias fastball over the wall in center.

Oct. 14, 2021, 11:04 p.m. ET

Oct. 14, 2021, 11:04 p.m. ET

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Logan Webb is human. At least, sorta.

Julio Urias made Webb work a little, getting to a sixth pitch before grounding out on a comebacker (Webb tagged the runner out instead of throwing to first this time). That brought up Mookie Betts, the only guy who seems to have Webb’s number today, who collected his third hit with a single to left.

Betts stole second and that proved crucial as he scored easily on a Corey Seager double to left, the first postseason run Webb has allowed in 13 innings of work.

Webb immediately settled down to strike out the struggling Trea Turner and then got out of the inning when Will Smith flied out to left. But the Giants are trailing at home.

Oct. 14, 2021, 11:04 p.m. ET

Oct. 14, 2021, 11:04 p.m. ET

Reporting from Oracle Park

With his one-out single in the sixth that set up the first run of this game, Mookie Betts now is 5 for 7 against Giants starter Logan Webb over two division series games. Through the end of the sixth inning, the rest of the Dodgers were 3 for 46 against Webb over those same two games.

Oct. 14, 2021, 10:59 p.m. ET

Oct. 14, 2021, 10:59 p.m. ET

Mookie Betts stole only 10 bases in the regular season (and was caught five times), but that one really paid off.

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Seager’s double makes it 1-0 Dodgers.

Mookie Betts singled and stole second, scoring easily on Corey Seager’s drive to left.

Oct. 14, 2021, 10:51 p.m. ET

Oct. 14, 2021, 10:51 p.m. ET

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Julio Urias missed an immaculate inning by one pitch.

He needed four pitches to ring up Evan Longoria for a called strikeout. It was his most difficult matchup of the inning. He needed just three pitches to strike out Logan Webb and another three for Donovan Solano. A ball to Longoria kept Urias from the immaculate inning, three strikeouts on nine pitches.

We have ended up with a classic ace-vs.-ace matchup — it just took a few innings to get started.

Oct. 14, 2021, 10:43 p.m. ET

Oct. 14, 2021, 10:43 p.m. ET

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Logan Webb continues to keep things very quiet.

Gavin Lux ultimately didn’t have anything to show for it, but he managed to make Webb throw him eight pitches before striking out looking on a vicious sinker. Cody Bellinger grounded out on a soft comebacker to Webb (the third 1-3 putout in a span of four outs) and after Chris Taylor raised the collective blood pressure in Oracle Park with a towering foul ball to left, Webb struck him out to end the inning.

Webb’s pitch count is at a relatively modest 72 through five scoreless innings and he has struck out five batters.

Oct. 14, 2021, 10:42 p.m. ET

Oct. 14, 2021, 10:42 p.m. ET

Many Dodgers season ticket holders are watching the game at the new Gold Glove Bar underneath the left field bleacher pavilion at Dodger Stadium. They are as nervous as everyone else.

Oct. 14, 2021, 10:36 p.m. ET

Oct. 14, 2021, 10:36 p.m. ET

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Julio Urias made things slightly interesting, having some pitches get away from him and allowing a runner to reach third base. But no actual damage was done.

With the infield shifted to his pull side, the lefty leadoff hitter Brandon Crawford slapped a ball to the left side of the infield that got past third baseman Justin Turner (who was playing closer to shortstop) for a single. Kris Bryant thought he’d drawn a walk on a curveball that ended up being called a strike, and then he swung and missed at another curveball for strike three.

Austin Slater came in as a pinch-hitter for Mike Yastrzemski, meaning Yastrzemski will officially have been hitless for the entire series (0 for 13), and while Slater was at the plate, a wild pitch got away from Will Smith behind the plate, allowing Crawford to advance to second. Slater ended up grounding out to second, which sent Crawford to third. And that’s where the Giants left him, as Wilmer Flores popped out to second to end the inning.

Oct. 14, 2021, 10:33 p.m. ET

Oct. 14, 2021, 10:33 p.m. ET

The Dubs are in the house, namely Steve Kerr, Draymond Green and Steph Curry.

Oct. 14, 2021, 10:22 p.m. ET

Oct. 14, 2021, 10:22 p.m. ET

Wilmer Flores made a nice play to catch Webb’s lob for the final out at first base in the top of the fourth, and kept his foot on the bag. Flores did not play first base until his third year with the Mets in 2016, but five years later his time at the four infield positions facing home have been fairly evenly distributed, with between 1,313 innings at shortstop on the low end, and 1,547 innings at second base at the high end. He has played 1,326 at first.

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Oct. 14, 2021, 10:16 p.m. ET

Oct. 14, 2021, 10:16 p.m. ET

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The Dodgers should look into making the whole team out of Mookie Betts. He is the only one who seems to know what to do against Logan Webb.

Betts got his second hit of the game, a single hit sharply to left, and he advanced to second on a glorified bunt groundout by Corey Seager. Trea Turner grounded out again — at least it wasn’t a double-play this time — and Will Smith walked. That brought up Justin Turner, but the struggling Dodgers third baseman couldn’t do anything with the runners on base, grounding out softly back to Webb.

Oct. 14, 2021, 10:05 p.m. ET

Oct. 14, 2021, 10:05 p.m. ET

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And in the third inning we finally got the pitching matchup we’d been expecting, with Julio Urias coming on in relief of Brusdar Graterol, who had replaced Corey Knebel. Call it gamesmanship, call it risky, call it anything you’d like, but the game is tied after three innings and while Los Angeles has already used two relievers, Urias is in the game and fresh, with a solid chance of pitching into the late innings.

Urias dispatched pinch-hitter Donovan Solano and outfielder Darin Ruff on routine fly balls to center (well, as routine as plays can be when Gavin Lux, an infielder, is playing center) and then he got Buster Posey to fly out to right to end the inning. The three outs took Urias eight pitches.

Oct. 14, 2021, 9:59 p.m. ET

Oct. 14, 2021, 9:59 p.m. ET

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Logan Webb needed 12 pitches to throw another perfect inning, collecting two more strikeouts along the way.

Cody Bellinger struck out on three pitches, staring at a 94-m.p.h. sinker for a called strike three. Chris Taylor lined out to left. And that brought up pinch-hitter Steven Souza Jr. who struck out on four pitches, failing to check his swing on an 83-m.p.h. slider.

Oct. 14, 2021, 9:51 p.m. ET

Oct. 14, 2021, 9:51 p.m. ET

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As most expected, Corey Knebel was out after just one inning in his “start” and was replaced to start the second inning by Brusdar Graterol. The big right-hander with the even bigger fastball got into a battle with Kris Bryant that ended up with Bryant shattering his bat for an infield single that Justin Turner fielded at third as part of Bryant’s bat flew past him.

The ice-cold Mike Yastrzemski, who is hitless for the entire series, popped out to the catcher in foul territory, but Wilmer Flores followed by fighting his way through a seven-pitch at-bat (five of them were 101 miles per hour or faster) to single on a liner to left.

With two men on and only one out, the Giants fizzled. Evan Longoria popped out in foul territory to first base and then pitcher Logan Webb ended things quietly by striking out on three pitches. Julio Urias, the original starter for this game, was shown warming up in the bullpen and will presumably be out for the bottom of the third inning.

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