SF Giants have everything break their way against the Dodgers — is it destiny or one good night?


SAN FRANCISCO — It wasn’t a perfect game in the Don Larsen sense, but for re-entry into the postseason for the first time since 2016, the Giants’ 4-0 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers Friday night was virtually flawless.

Before getting into the details of a night where nothing went wrong for the Giants at Oracle Park in Game 1 of the National League Division Series, we pause for a moment to consider the possibility that the Dodgers were flat after an emotional wild card win over St. Louis. A quick strike Saturday night against Kevin Gausman could create the same kind of momentum for the Dodgers that Buster Posey’s two-run first-inning home run against Walker Buehler created for the Giants.

And if the Giants go back to Dodger Stadium Monday tied 1-1, the atmosphere will be much different than it is in the afterglow of what transpired before a delirious crowd of 41.394.

“Obviously it’s on me to try and create some momentum and I kind of sucked that out of our dugout so this game is on me,” Buehler said. “I tried to stay in there and battle as long as I could. But they had a good night, we didn’t, and we’ll move forward.”

There’s the possibility the series could still be as close as the regular-season win totals (107 to 106) and the season series (10 to 9), with the edge going to the Giants. But it wasn’t nearly as close as the score indicated in Game 1, and if this is an indication of what’s to come, the Giants may be destiny’s darlings in 2021.

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It sure looked that way for the Giants from the outset and then through the rest of the game as virtually everything broke their way from the first inning through the ninth.

Five things that led to a stirring Game 1 win:

Getting the jump

The Dodgers had a runner on third and two out Justin Turner hit a ball up the middle that was headed to center field for a run-scoring single. Except the ball hit Logan Webb in the foot, and he retrieved the ball and threw to first for the third out.

“The first thing I did was ask (Brandon Crawford) and Tommy La Stella) if anyone was going to get it, and they were like, no, so luckily it hit my shoe,” Webb said. “But it was definitely huge. I think that type of lineup, to put up a zero in the first is very important.:”

In the bottom of the first Posey’s two-run home run — with La Stella aboard after a leadoff walk — put the Giants up 2-0 and the crowd in a frenzy.

Webb, as detailed by Kerry Crowley, didn’t need much else in the way of luck. He was dominant throughout and had the look of a postseason horse in the Lincecum-Cain-Bumgarner mold. That’s a lot of pressure to put on a guy, but Webb looks as if he can handle it.

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Source:: The Mercury News – Sports


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