After both teams displayed dominant pitching, the Los Angeles Dodgers outlasted the San Francisco Giants, 2-1, to win Game 5 of this divisional series and advance to the League Championship series. national versus Atlanta.
The tense affair between these longtime rivals, each of whom entered the game with 109 wins between the regular season and the playoffs, ended in their final inning when Cody Bellinger, a former Most Valuable Player Award winner who struggled badly this season, shot a single to the right, scoring Justin Turner in second.
Superstar starting pitcher Max Scherzer came in late in the ninth inning, securing a crucial save for a club he joined in July. It was the first stoppage of his major league career.
The game was supposed to be a quality match between Logan Webb of the Giants and Julio Urias of the Dodgers. It got off to an odd start when Dodgers manager Dave Roberts – looking to force the Giants not to stack right-handed hitters against left-handed Urias – chose to start the game with Corey Knebel as the opener.
But the game still materialized, with Webb pitching seven solid innings, allowing one run, and Urias pitching four raised innings, also allowing one. It was ultimately Camilo Doval, closest to the 24-year-old Giants, who made it possible.
It was the first postseason game between the rival clubs since 1889, when the Dodgers (then located in Brooklyn and known as the Bridegrooms) were American Association champions and the Giants (then located in Manhattan ), who were National League champions. , met in a precursor of the modern world series. The Giants have won this series six to three.
The NLCS is scheduled to begin in Atlanta on Saturday.