The Dodgers and Giants had a wild, back-and-forth battle in the NLDS that ended with a walk off home run by Dodgers’ Enrique Hernandez.
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(AP) SAN FRANCISCO — The Los Angeles Dodgers pounded the San Francisco Giants 9-2 on Saturday night, evening their NL Division Series at one game apiece. Julio Uras shut down San Francisco and contributed an RBI single, Cody Bellinger and AJ Pollock delivered two-run doubles to blow it open in the sixth, and Cody Bellinger and AJ Pollock delivered two-run doubles to blow it open in the sixth.
SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA – OCTOBER 09: Los Angeles Dodgers’ Julio Urias #7 throws in the first inning against the San Francisco Giants during Game 2 of the National League Division Series at Oracle Park in San Francisco, California on October 09, 2021. (Photo courtesy of Getty Images/Ezra Shaw)
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“We’re going to play this game basically like a do or death game,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said earlier in the day, and the defending World Series winners did exactly that, including Will Smith’s leadoff homer in the eighth inning.
Now, NL West runner-up Los Angeles – second place despite 106 victories — is right back in the race and heading home to Chavez Ravine with a chance to capitalize on their recent success.
The best-of-five series is tied at 2-2 heading into Game 3 at Dodger Stadium on Monday night, which isn’t surprising given how tight these teams have been for months. The 107-win Giants won the division on the last day and won the season series 10-9, although they were outscored 80-78 overall.
Los Angeles took the lead in the second inning when Uras hit an RBI single and Mookie Betts followed with a run-scoring single.
SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA – OCTOBER 09: Los Angeles Dodgers #7 Julio Urias hits an RBI single in the second inning against the San Francisco Giants during Game 2 of the National League Division Series at Oracle Park in San Francisco, California on October 09, 2021. (Photo courtesy of Getty Images/Ezra Shaw) )
In a raucous, mostly orange sellout crowd of 42,275, those “Let’s go, Giants!” shouts were now dueling with the fired-up Los Angeles faithful’s “Let’s go, Dodgers!” yells.
In the bottom half, Uras walked Wilmer Flores to start the inning and gave up Brandon Crawford’s single. Flores moved to second base on Evan Longoria’s long flyball to center and scored on Donovan Solano’s sacrifice fly.
Uras didn’t seem fazed in the least.
Prior to his start, the 25-year-old southpaw said that playing the Giants would need a lot of concentration — and the 20-game winner did not disappoint, outdueling Giants All-Star right-hander Kevin Gausman from the first pitch.
Since June 21, Uras has gone 11-0 in his last 17 regular-season appearances, including a win here at Oracle Park on Sept. 4. Over five innings on Saturday, he struck out five and walked one while allowing one run on three hits.
Gausman, chewing his bubble gum fiercely, had a difficult act to follow following Logan Webb’s playoff debut, when the right-hander and a pair of relievers limited the hitting Dodgers to five hits in a 4-0 win.
Trea Turner led up the sixth inning with a double, and after Justin Turner struck out, Smith walked to chase Gausman after 5 1/3 innings of strikeouts and walks.
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SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA – OCTOBER 09: Mookie Betts #50 of the Los Angeles Dodgers celebrates with teammates after the Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the San Francisco Giants 9-2 in Game 2 of the National League Division Series at Oracle Park in San Francisco, California on October 09, 2021. (Photo courtesy of Getty Images/Ezra Shaw) )
Trea Turner made two outstanding defensive plays at second base, and Betts stopped a Giants comeback in the sixth inning with a flawless throw from right field to snag Wilmer Flores at third.
With his sixth-inning single, Buster Posey now has 54 career postseason hits, the most in Giants postseason history. In the game, he had three hits.
SWITCH IN THE LINEUP
To get Chris Taylor’s bat in the lineup, Roberts went with Bellinger at first base, where he played four games this year and 19 in 2020. Taylor blasted the game-winning two-run homer in the ninth inning of the Cardinals’ 3-1 wild-card victory on Wednesday.
Taylor went 2 for 4 with a walk in his first at-bat with one out in the second inning.
Bellinger, too, came through.
The 2019 NL MVP hit.165 in the regular season and was 0 for 5 in the series with four strikeouts until his sixth-inning double turned the game into a blowout.
Prior to that, there had been 75,528 instances since 1903 when a player batted 50 or more times against a club in a single season — including the playoffs — and Bellinger’s.038 average (2 for 53) against the Giants was the lowest of all of those players, according to SportRadar.
ROOM FOR TRAINEES
Los Angeles Dodgers: If the Dodgers progress, 1B Max Muncy may return to the lineup. After colliding with Milwaukee’s Jace Peterson at first base in the regular-season finale Sunday, the slugger dislocated his left elbow. Muncy, who hit.250 with 36 home runs last season, isn’t anticipated to need surgery.
1B for the Giants Dr. Scott Hansen, a hand expert, was re-evaluating Brandon Belt’s fractured left thumb. Belt and the Giants are hoping that he will be able to return in time for the NLCS if they advance.
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After that, Kapler intended to reveal his Game 3 starter, who would most likely be left-hander Alex Wood or right-hander Anthony DeSclafani, who has a 13-game winning streak. Roberts had also kept his intentions a secret. Sunday is a holiday.
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