SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – With the powerful hits, hard-hitting pitching and defensive gems that have defined the Dodgers’ success over the past decade, the reigning World Series champions were heading home as postseason leaders and after slow down the Giants’ momentum in their divisional series.
The fight between the two National League rivals has turned into a properly matched fight.
The Mexican Julio Urías contained San Francisco and contributed an RBI single, Cody Bellinger and AJ Pollock they added two-run doubles to extend the lead in the sixth and the Los Angeles Dodgers crushed the Giants 9-2 on Saturday to tie their division series 1-1.
Dodgers manager Dave Roberts had said before the game that they would take it as a decisive duel, and so did the reigning World Series champions. Will Smith he homered in the eighth to round out the score.
Now Los Angeles – second in the NL West despite 106 wins – is back in the fray and will try to build momentum when the series travels to Chavez Ravine. Your next starter will be the ace Max scherzer.
“It’s a good feeling,” Roberts said. “It’s interesting how the message shifts from game to game. Right now it’s a three-game series, we have the court advantage and we have Max on the mound. I like where we are.”
Game 3 of the best-of-5 series takes place Monday at Dodger Stadium. The draw is unsurprising given how the two clubs have played for months. The Giants, with 107 wins, overtook the Dodgers in the standings on the final day of the regular season and clinched the season series 10-9, although they trailed 80-78 in scoring.
“It’s great to win one on the road,” said the Dodgers star. Mookie betts. “Julio played a fantastic game. With an environment like this, he’s going to be ready to pitch.”
The left-hander struck out five, walked in five innings and allowed a three-hit run. Kevin Gausman bore defeat.
For the Dodgers, the Mexican Urías 2-1 with an RBI.