SAN FRANCISCO — The National League West champion San Francisco Giants will face the National League Central champion Los Angeles Dodgers in the postseason for the very first time after the Giants won a thrilling wild card game on the strength of a walk-off two-run home run by left fielder Chris Taylor.
Taylor, who replaced Los Angeles left fielder A.J. Los Angeles beat the St. Louis Cardinals, who had won 17 straight games in September to clinch the second wild card berth in the National League playoffs, 3-1 thanks to a home run by Pollock off Alex Reyes in the bottom of the ninth inning.
Giants Vs Dodger
In 1951 and 1962, the National League pennant was decided by a three-game series between the Giants and Dodgers, although the games were still counted as part of the regular season record books.
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First pitch for Game 1 of the NL Division Series is set for 6:37 p.m. Friday night at 6:07, Game 2 will be played at Oracle Park. last Saturday Sunday will be spent on travel back to Los Angeles, with Game 3 scheduled for Monday.
On Wednesday, Giants manager Gabe Kapler announced that 24-year-old Logan Webb, who won the Giants’ regular season finale against the Padres, will start Game 1 of the NL Division Series. Both Webb and Game 2’s Game 2 starter, All-Star right-hander Kevin Gausman, will be eligible to pitch for San Francisco in a potential Game 5 series decider.
The Dodgers will Face the Giants for the Seventh Time this Season
In the first game of the National League Division Series, the Dodgers will face the Giants for the seventh time this season, and right-hander Walker Buehler will get the ball to start the game for the Dodgers.
The Giants avoided having to play a potential Game 163 against the Dodgers on Monday by beating the Padres 11-4 in their final regular season game on Sunday. This made San Francisco the first team in the majors to clinch a playoff berth and the last division champion to hold off a second-place finisher.
The 1904 New York Giants held the previous record for most wins in a season with 106, but the Giants surpassed that with their 107 victories in the regular season. Records for both home runs and RBIs in a pinch were also broken by the 2021 squad (18).
On Saturday, Austin Slater hit a single home run off Padres lefty Ross Detwiler in the sixth inning, allowing the Giants to exceed the 2016 Cardinals’ total of four pinch-hit home runs.
Los Angeles tied the franchise record with 106 victories, however the team missed the division playoffs by one game to the San Francisco Giants and instead had to play in the NL wild card game.
Kapler’s Dodgers team won the season series 10-9. The Giants and Dodgers played a total of 19 times this year. In their last meeting on September 5, the Giants defeated Buehler and the Los Angeles Dodgers, 6-4. The Giants scored six runs in 3.0+ innings against Buehler.
The right-hander has only allowed three earned runs in his previous five starts against the Giants this season.