If the Dodgers have their way Thursday night, they will tie the Giants … in head-to-head wins for the season, that is.
San Francisco took 10 of 19 games in the regular season and the California rivals are knotted at two games each in the National League Divisional Series. So the Giants lead the 2021 matchup, 12 games to 11.
By another measure, the Dodgers could take the lead in Game 5. The Giants also finished one game ahead of Los Angeles in the NL West standings, with 107 wins, but the Dodgers’ 106 regular-season wins plus their one wild-card game evened the win total heading into the NLDS. The winner Thursday night takes the lead, with at least one more series to pad their stats.
Of course, the win totals don’t actually matter. Advancing to that next series, the National League Championship Series against the Atlanta Braves matters.
With those stakes set, let’s take a look back, beginning in the spring:
Since-suspended (intimate partner violence) Dodgers starter Trevor Bauer stifled the Giants with an 11-strikeout performance over 126 pitches in a 2-1 Dodgers win at Oracle Park. A Chris Taylor home run was Alex Wood’s only mistake, but it was costly.
Scott Kazmir made his first start since 2016 for the Giants, but took the loss after giving up just two hits (including a Max Muncy home run) in four innings. Walker Buehler pulled the Dodgers even in the standings with the Giants with a 6-3 win.
The Dodgers finished the three-game sweep with a strong performance from Julio Urías in an 11-5 win. Anthony DeSclafani gave up 10 runs in just 2 2/3 innings and the Giants completed a drop from first to third place in the NL West.
Wood lost his second game of the season to the Dodgers as Los Angeles maintained its apparent dominance over the Giants with a 4-3 win that featured home runs by Evan Longoria and Donovan Solano of the Giants and Justin Turner, DJ Peters and Max Muncy of the Dodgers.
The Giants finally beat the Dodgers in 2021, and it took a gem of a play to do it. Mike Tauchman made his biggest contribution to San Francisco, leaping to rob Albert Pujols of a game-winning home run in the bottom of the ninth — just one batter after Austin Barnes had tied the game with a three-run shot. LaMonte Wade hit the game-winning single in the 10th and the Giants added two more to win 8-5.
Tauchman was later designated for assignment but Giants fans have not forgotten his catch.
Air Tauchman 29. pic.twitter.com/evQStqh4aM
— SFGiants (@SFGiants) May 29, 2021
A day after tying the Dodgers for second in the NL West, the Giants took sole possession of the spot behind San Diego with an 11-6 win at Dodger Stadium. Mauricio Dubón had three RBIs and five other Giants had at least one.
Source:: The Mercury News – Sports
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