SF Giants beat Dodgers in NLDS 1 as Webb legend grows, slugs hit with three Homers – The Denver Post
SAN FRANCISCO – The Logan Webb legend is on the rise.
After delivering one of the most memorable regular season performances in Giants history in a decisive victory for the squad on Sunday against Padres, Webb returned to the hill Friday at Oracle Park for the first time in the post-season and made one of the team’s best starts. Playoff date.
With Buster Posey, Chris Bryant and Brandon Crawford all arriving, Webb led the Giants to overtake the Dodgers and earn a deserved victory in a 4-0 win in Game 1 of the NLDS.
“I don’t think there is any doubt that Logan’s last game of the season moved into this one,” said coach Gabe Kapler. “We talked a little bit in the last game of the regular season about how confident he was, but that was building up for a long time.”
In the first-ever playoff between the Giants and Dodgers in the modern era of baseball, Webb threw 7 2/3 innings without goals, scored 10 hits and was knocked out to thunderous applause from a crowd of 41,935 at Oracle Park. In a high-stakes showdown, the Rocklin right-hander became the fourth major player in the league to score double-digit hits without making his debut in the post-season.
“Logan, star of the night,” Bryant said. “I really like him. His first playoff experience and he was there pretending like it was a backyard game. It was really fun to watch.”
The roster of pitchers of giants with a breakout performance similar to Webb is unsurprisingly short as he joined forces with franchise icons Tim Lincecum and Madison Bumgarner in a club of pitchers to score no fewer than 7 2/3 goalless innings while hitting 10 plus-hitters.
“I actually thought it was a bit like (Tim) Linkcom’s match against the Braves in (2010),” Posey said as he recalled Linkcom’s 14-hit match against Atlanta at the NLDS. “Timmy had nine stops, but Logan had the ability to do that tonight if he stayed there.”
After Tommy La Stella made it to base with a preliminary run at the bottom of the first, Posey crushed one of the furthest hits on the field hit by a right-handed bat at the Giants Stadium on the waterfront. With Dodgers right-hand Walker Buehler on the 3-0 count, Posey drove a fastball at 96 mph from a brick pole behind the right-field arcade benches before the ball rebounded to McCuvey Cove.
“Dang’s pillar prevented me from a spray hit,” Posey said.
Homer was the first Posey in the playoffs since Game Four of the 2012 World Series, when he reached the sixth inning at home from former Tigers player and current Dodgers forward Max Sheerzer in the Giants victory.
Posey’s swing against Buehler was hardly a sign of things to come for the Giants as the right-wing Dodgers settled into San Francisco and kept San Francisco goalless for their next five innings. Both Bryant and La Stella had two hitters against the Dodgers, but every other Giants hitter was confused by a bowler who had five good starts against them during the regular season.
Buehler was sailing when manager Dave Roberts allowed him to take the hill at the bottom of the seventh, but the decision backfired on the Dodgers when Bryant hit home solo into the center-left court to extend the Giants’ lead to 3-0.
Homer Bryant was his first post-season since the 2017 NLCS when former Dodgers Cubs star Clayton Kershaw took him deep in a blowout loss to Chicago.
With the Giants leading 3-0 in the ninth inning, fans at Oracle Park chanted “MVP” as Crawford came to face Dodgers Southbow Alex Vecia. Veteran Homer Shortstop was the second to score in the playoffs and follows his major knockout strike in the 2014 NL Wild Tag Game at PNC Park against the Pirates.
Posey, Bryant and Crawford all have World Series rings and extensive post-season experience, but their tournaments from Friday’s game against the Dodgers won’t overshadow the greatest show of Webb’s short career.
The Giants player threw a record 38 turnovers in a season and hit a new career high by making 12 flips and misses on the field.
“He has three elite pitches,” Bossi said. “Choosing and choosing depending on the game and the squad we have and the procedure I see on his pitches that we’d like to rely on the most” is definitely a luxury on my part.
The 24-year-old scored one of the highest ballpark rates of any major player in the league this year and found success keeping the ball out of the air against the Dodgers’ squad that scored nine games against him.
“I honestly think we haven’t made adjustments,” Roberts said. “I thought he had a good drive tonight, mostly on the gauntlet side versus right-handed hitters. Slider, change below. We just chased way too much.”
The Giants made two fouls on Friday, but Webb took crucial help from his defense in the fourth inning when Stella grounded Justin Turner in the middle and started a thrilling 4-6-3 double-glove on Crawford’s backhand.
The play was reminiscent of Crawford’s 4-6-3 double and former teammate Joe Bannick in Game 7 of the 2014 World Championship against the Royals, which also began with a glove flip on goal that came with a high degree of difficulty.
“Definitely the top 10 games on SportsCenter are great,” said Bryant.