SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — If the Dodgers and Giants loyal provided a seek of a doable playoff sequence, an October matchup between these rivals will be one for the ages.
“I can imagine that can per chance be the most intense postseason sequence I’ve ever been a chunk of,” San Francisco first baseman Brandon Belt mentioned.
The September showdown wasn’t half inappropriate, either.
Steven Duggar hit a two-high-tail triple after being referred to as up earlier in the day, Belt homered, and the Giants wrapped up a key weekend sequence against Los Angeles with a 6-4 uncover Sunday to desire a slim NL West lead again.
San Francisco did it with a second straight bullpen recreation, and did it observing Albert Pujols open one other dwelling high-tail at age 41.
“It’s loyal no recoil, up and down the lineup, the bullpen,” Duggar mentioned. “True bolt about our preparation and each guy pulls their weight. It’s loyal a mode of fun, it’s a mode of fun to contrivance abet to the arena, strap it on and bolt play.”
Pujols hit career dwelling high-tail No. 678 with a pinch-hit, two-high-tail power in the ninth off Giants closer Jake McGee, who allowed Max Muncy’s single one out later then retired Mookie Betts on a referred to as third strike. The final out went to replay and modified into confirmed after correct form fielder Mike Yastrzemski caught Justin Turner’s hover against the netting in creep territory.
“We lost a sequence, we obtained beat and we might per chance get done things in every other case, clearly which might per chance had been the variation in the sequence,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts mentioned. “We’ve obtained to search out one way to rapid turn the online page and we’ve obtained a ballgame to uncover the next day.”
Brandon Crawford had an RBI double and Darin Ruf singled dwelling a high-tail in the second as San Francisco beat Walker Buehler (13-3) for the first time. He had long previous 7-0 with a 1.83 ERA over his initial 12 outings and 10 begins against the Giants. The appropriate form-hander hadn’t allowed better than 5 runs since giving up six to Colorado on Sept. 2, 2019.
“The worst I’ve thrown in a lengthy time,” he mentioned.
The Giants tagged Buehler for a season-excessive six runs on seven hits over three innings in the final frequent-season matchup between the rivals. San Francisco (87-50) now holds a one-recreation division lead and owns any tiebreaker — equivalent to dwelling-arena advantage if there’s a one-recreation playoff if they enact with the same document — with the defending World Series champions (86-51) after profitable the season sequence 10-9.
And here’s how terminate these clubs performed in 2021: The Dodgers outscored the Giants head-to-head 80-78.
Dominic Leone pitched a splendid inning in the first originate up of his career in a second straight bullpen recreation for San Francisco after the Dodgers relied on relievers in the sequence opener Friday night when David Tag couldn’t bolt.
José Álvarez entered for the second and surrendered Will Smith’s RBI single before winner Zack Littell (2-0) relieved and struck out two.
“Encourage-to-abet bullpen days are tricky,” Giants manager Gabe Kapler mentioned. “That’s no secret. Form of a hallmark of this workforce is being in a local to deal with sharp eventualities and being excellent at dealing with sharp eventualities.”
San Francisco done with out shedding three straight sequence for the first time all season.
“It surely felt worship a playoff environment available,” Belt mentioned, “… It’s crunch time.”
PUJOLS RETURNS TO ST. LOUIS
Pujols is headed abet to Busch Stadium with some nostalgia again in St. Louis, which he referred to as dwelling for his first 11 predominant league seasons from 2001-2011.
The 41-year-former slugger insists “I don’t mediate about,” so he can protect away from any potential distractions with so worthy fanfare.
Serene, the wobble is plenty vital — even supposing he went abet to Busch Stadium in 2019 with the Angels. By not inserting added expectations on himself, Pujols mentioned it’s one way to protect away from disappointment “if it doesn’t bolt the manner that you thought.”
“It modified into particular in 2019 after I first went there and it’s going to be particular after we bolt there the next day for the week,” Pujols mentioned. “I constantly strive to let those things play out the manner they’re going to play out. I loyal don’t worship to carry distraction on myself. I loyal strive to predicament up myself for the recreation and the things that I surely desire to create.”
Pujols is slated to play Tuesday and Thursday.
Dodgers: OF AJ Pollock modified into placed on the 10-day injured list with a strained correct form hamstring though he “felt worthy better this day,” in step with Roberts, after the hurt Saturday night. Pollock is anticipated to omit two to three weeks. “A pair weeks is doubtlessly the put aside we’re at,” Roberts mentioned. “I serene seeing him getting abet this season at some level.” … LHP Clayton Kershaw, out since July 7 with an infected pitching elbow, threw a authentic bullpen using all his pitches and remains on time desk to get a rehab originate up on Tuesday for Triple-A Oklahoma Metropolis. … LHP Danny Duffy, on the 60-day IL with a flexor stress in his pitching elbow, will proceed to play desire in the subsequent couple of days before he is scheduled for simulated recreation.
Giants: OF Austin Slater modified into placed on the seven-day IL with a concussion sustained Saturday night. He modified into hurt crashing into the heart-arena wall in the first inning Saturday night attempting to trek down Trea Turner’s leadoff dwelling high-tail. … INF Donovan Solano modified into anticipated at the ballpark after touring abet from Recent York, the put aside he quarantined following a positive take a look at for COVID-19.
Los Angeles recalled RHP Mitch White for his eighth huge league stint of the year, having most currently pitched at Class-A Rancho Cucamonga and likewise with Oklahoma Metropolis.
The Giants referred to as up OF Duggar and RHP Camilo Doval from Triple-A Sacramento and optioned LHP Sammy Long to Sacramento.
RHP Max Scherzer (12-4, 2.40 ERA), whose correct form hamstring tightened up his closing wobble, takes the mound for the Labor Day matinee at St. Louis.
RHP Kevin Gausman (12-5, 2.52) takes the mound for the Giants in the sequence opener at Colorado on Monday coming off three straight no-choices but with victories in his closing three choices.
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