The Dodgers took a leading shot against Logan Webb but found nothing to show for it.
After Webb fell 3-1 behind Mookie Betts, the Dodgers’ leading shot took a sharp left. When the infield was slid for left-handed Corey Seager to pull, he hit the ball in the opposite direction, but was hit in mid-air, and Darin Ruf easily caught the ball for the first to hit the ball. Then Trea Turner did Webb a huge favor and entered a 4-3 doubles game.
October 14, 2021 at 9:09 pm ET
Game 5 officially resumes as Giants’ Logan Webb delivers a 94 mph platinum to Mookie Betts for the first ball.
October 14, 2021 at 9:06 PM ET
Dodgers Manager Dave Roberts confirmed in an on-field interview that left-back Julio Urias will be coming into the game at some point, and that the change to the starting pitcher is designed to combat the Giants’ ability to stack the roster.
October 14, 2021 at 9:03 PM ET
Everything is on deck in San Francisco with Barry Bonds at home to support the Giants.
October 14, 2021 at 8:45 PM ET
SAN FRANCISCO — The Dodgers’ late decision to use saver Corey Knebel as opener and the condition of Giants second baseman Tommy La Stella’s fragile Achilles tendon caused San Francisco to delay completing a lineup until 90 minutes before Game 5 .
The result: La Stella’s ankle tested well during batting practice, so he’s leading and playing second base. The Giants had planned to launch right-handed Donovan Solano at second base against left-handed Julio Urias. Instead, Solano will likely appear later. They played right-handed Darin Ruf in the second inning and left field, scattering three left wingers: La Stella, Brandon Crawford (fourth inning and shortstop) and Mike Yastrzemski (playing in the sixth and right field).
When Urias started Game 2, the Giants stacked their roster with right-handers against him. Crawford was the only left wing to start and took the sixth inning. The top five hitters against Urias that day were right-handers: Ruf, Kris Bryant, Austin Slater, Buster Posey and Wilmer Flores.
Dodgers Manager Dave Roberts sent a courtesy message to San Francisco Manager Gabe Kapler on Wednesday evening, announcing his decision to replace Urias with Knebel.
“It’s understandable,” Kapler said of the Dodgers’ late shooting decision. “I don’t think it was unexpected. It definitely changes the way we think about the game today, but it’s nothing out of the ordinary.”
October 14, 2021, 8:30 PM ET
SAN FRANCISCO — The Dodgers’ other roster change, not including an opener and former starter Julio Urias, was telegraphed by Manager Dave Roberts after Game 4 and could have changed the rules of the game.
23-year-old rookie Gavin Lux takes his sixth inning and starts in midfield. Reached bottom in all four plate matches in Game 4 (two singles, two walks, one run goal). This was Lux’s first debut following pinch-hit appearances in each of the first three games.
Two important items:
When Giants rookie right-hand man Logan Webb dominated the Dodgers in Game 1, Lux returned a bouncer to Webb during a pinch hit in the eighth round. For his career, Lux is 5 to 1 with a double and a strikeout against Webb, which begins Thursday.
The Dodgers’ Game 3 loss of 1-0 at the windy Dodger Stadium ended when Lux slammed into left field with a fly ball that both teams thought went over the fence. Lux burned the ball at 106.9 miles per hour and the game looked like it was going to extra innings.
Lux couldn’t believe that the wind had affected her so dramatically, and her reaction skyrocketed overnight on social media.
“While I’m surfing Twitter, there’s a lot of memes floating around,” Lux said. “And because of all the facial reactions I have, I feel like everybody understands me in some way. But that’s just how I am.”
Tonight, Lux will be on the field instead of on the bench.
“I love the heartbeat and the coolness,” said Roberts after Game 4. Roberts added that it’s “very impressive” at how Lux conducts herself in this environment.
October 14, 2021 at 8:00 PM ET
SAN FRANCISCO – Dodgers’ Hall of Fame broadcaster Vin Scully has retired (sadly) and is not with the team, but that makes him to tweet He considers game 5 tonight to be the “most important game” in the history of Dodgers and Giants rivalry.
“I feel pressure now,” Dodgers Manager Dave Roberts joked when Scully’s tweet was forwarded to him. “Damn it, Vin.”
On a serious note, Roberts added: “For Vin to say that, no one knows this rivalry better than she does, so it gives you the seriousness of it, what it means. And it’s bigger than just a game, and the beauty of this rivalry is the sport in general. . So we’re going to enjoy it. It’s going to be fun.”
October 14, 2021 at 7:30 PM ET
A team with 106 wins against a team with 107 wins. They each have 109 when taking into account post-season games. Over the course of 133 seasons, the rivals are linked not only by their New York origins, but also by their leading roles in the transition to the west. It’s the fifth example in baseball history where teams with 100 or more wins will each face off in a winner-take-all postseason game.
It’s hard to get bigger than that.
Who: Los Angeles Dodgers vs. San Francisco Giants
What: Game 5 of the National League division series
When: 21:07 East
To where: Oracle Park in San Francisco
Why: The winner will advance to the National League Championship Series against Atlanta
How can I watch? The match will be broadcast on TBS. TBS streaming will be available on some streaming services like Hulu Live and YouTube TV. It will also be available for some through TBS.com.
October 14, 2021 at 7:30 PM ET
SAN FRANCISCO – Dodgers’ Julio Urias is about as built-in as a beginner shooter can be. He made 32 starts this season without a comfortable look and went 20-3 with a 2.96 ERA.
Still, his team – “From the very top of the Dodgers organization,” said Manager Dave Roberts – decided that 25-year-old Urias wasn’t the best choice to start Game 5, where the winner took everything. opener, Corey Knebel.
“It doesn’t mean it’s riskier, it’s different,” Roberts said in a message to Giants manager Gabe Kapler last night. “But it’s open to potential criticism, which I imagine is already out there.”
He is right about this; This certainly seems like a classic example of a very smart organization outsmarting itself. Based on Urias’ track record of being resilient, Roberts said he’s the only starting player Urias would use in this way—he came out of the bullfight 15 of his 19 post-career seasons and closed the NLCS and World Series last fall.
Knebel, a former All-Star closer to Milwaukee, had a good four-try opening, allowing for a run that was won in five and three innings. He is right-wing and Urias is left-handed.
“The Giants have been a tremendous ball club all year and, speaking on the offensive side, they’ve been the best team in baseball in terms of getting matchmaking advantages and team advantages,” said Roberts, adding that strategy should help. potentially giving us some forward matches throughout the game. ”
Roberts and Dodgers’ front office knows their team much better than any fan or member of the news media. But that’s still annoying to see, and I asked Roberts as usual the downside of letting Urias start.
“If he were to start the game, there is a downside to starting because you can look at the familiarity,” Roberts said. “He just faced this team five days ago. These guys stack up and set the matches they want.
“There is a downside to doing it the way we choose to do it. Corey never started a playoff game. But I think ultimately, we trust that both players can handle it.”
It’s over there. Related note: Today is the 56th anniversary of Game 7 of the 1965 World Series, when another Dodgers left-hander, Sandy Koufax, kicked off against the Minnesota Twins. Koufax fired a nine-shot closing fire two days apart.
Baseball is infinitely fascinating, perhaps more so today than ever before. But boy how have times changed.