Posted: 09/04/2021 / 07:37 AM MDT
Updated: 09/04/2021 / 07:37 AM MDT
The San Francisco Giants have an edge on the table, but the visiting Los Angeles Dodgers will have the advantage of starting pitchers on Saturday night as National League West rivals continue their high stakes streak.
In a game with 17 pitchers and each team making a back-to-the-wall comeback, the Giants (86-49) secured a 3-2 lead over the Dodgers (85-50) at the top the division win in 11 innings at the series opener on Friday.
Los Angeles was forced to turn the competition into a bullpen game after scheduled starter David Price was scratched from shoulder pain.
Fortunately for the Dodgers, they have Major League victory leader Julio Urias (15-3, 3.17 ERA) available for Saturday’s rematch. The Giants, in turn, fight for a starter.
A wild start to the series included Dodgers ace Walker Buehler pinch running and scoring the starting gun in the 10th inning. Los Angeles was later forced to have its last available pitcher – Evan Phillips – hit in a crucial situation on the 11th.
The game ended with Dodgers catcher Will Smith making his major league debut at first base, and the Giants prepared to use their top pitcher, Logan Webb, outfield and the game had a 12 Reached an inning.
Smith was involved in the final game of the game when he pulled his foot off first base to catch Trea Turner’s high throw with two outs and loaded bases. Failing to fall back to base in time, Buster Posey was initially deemed safe and Brandon Belt scored a goal to end the game. Turner was charged with a mistake.
San Francisco manager Gabe Kapler left the park with a win but either couldn’t or wouldn’t announce his starting pitcher for Saturday. The slot was released by Alex Wood’s recent positive COVID-19 test and Johnny Cueto’s sore arm.
Regardless of who starts for the Giants on Saturday, this pitcher will be supported by a home crowd that the manager described as the loudest of the season on Friday night.
The veteran shortstop Brandon Crawford agreed, who was singled out in the 10th inning in the tieing run and in the 11th threw a possible starting shot for Dodgers on the plate.
“It looked like a full house,” Crawford said of 39,338 viewers for the season. “It was great to get wrapped up here again. It was pretty loud all night, that was great. “
Urias will hit the hill with an 11-game unbeaten run on June 21st. He went 6-0 with a 2.01 ERA over that time span, with the Dodgers winning nine of those 11 games.
The 25-year-old left-hander has started four games against the Giants this season and went 1-1 with a 3.80 ERA. He has faced her 19 times in his career, 13 times as a starter, 1-3 with a 2.69 ERA.
Urias hasn’t made the seventh inning in any of his last six starts, which could be problematic this time as the Dodgers put in every available substitute in Friday’s loss.
The good news for Los Angeles is that none of them pitched more than two innings.
Coincidentally, the Bullpen Circus came hours after Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said his team was about to welcome Clayton Kershaw back.
The three-time NL Cy Young Award winner has been out and about with ailments in his forearm since July 3rd.
“The next step for Clayton will be to have a (bullpen session) on Sunday,” Roberts announced ahead of the game on Friday. “As soon as he does that, we’ll find out where he’s going for a rehab that would be either Tuesday or Wednesday. After he has survived that – we assume that it is healthy and everything is going well – the next excursion will be with us. “
The Dodgers hired Buhler for the series finale on Sunday. The Giants, who have used their three best pitchers in the last three games, are again undecided.