By JOE REEDY AP Sports Writer
LOS ANGELES (AP) -It’s only fitting that 70 years after Bobby Thomson’s “Shot Heard ‘Round the World” the Giants and Dodgers play in another all-or-nothing game.
Los Angeles’ 7-2 win over San Francisco on Tuesday night in Game 4 of the NL Division Series leveled the series and sent the first Major League Baseball playoff game between teams with at least 105 wins to Game 5 on Thursday night in San Francisco’s Oracle Park.
“This is what baseball wants. I mean, I think, as I understand it, all the series are finished, and that’s why we’re going to be the only show in town. So if you’ve got a pulse or are a sports fan, you should look at the Dodgers-Giants, says Los Angeles boss Dave Roberts.
This will be the third time two heated rivals meet in a decisive game to see who advances. The Tiebreaker series in 1951 and 1962 both went to the third game, and the Giants both won to advance to the World Series.
This time the winner gets a date with the Atlanta Braves in the NL Championship Series. Game 1 will be Saturday night in either Atlanta or San Francisco.
Kapler said Logan Webb is getting started. The 24-year-old right-hander will be the youngest Giants pitcher to start a decisive game.
Webb will make his fifth start this season against the Dodgers. He threw 7 2/3 innings, knocked out 10 and allowed just five hits in San Francisco’s 4-0 victory last Friday in Game 1.
“I do not think we will spend a lot of time dissecting as a team in this match. I think we will get on the plane, have a day off, a proper day off, says Giants manager Gabe Kapler. “We plan the training a little later. We’re starting to get ready for game 5.
“I’m sure it’s going to be a lively atmosphere. It’s going to be nice to come back to Oracle and get support from our fans. And yes, we are looking forward, he says.
Roberts said before Tuesday’s match that Julio Urías will get the call in the decisive game. Urías, who led the majors in victories and was the Dodgers’ first 20-game winner since Clayton Kershaw in 2014, meets San Francisco for the seventh time this year. The left-hander allowed one run of three hits in five innings in the Dodgers’ 9-2 win in Game 2 last Saturday.
The Giants, who won 107 games during the regular season, took 10 of the 19 appearances in the regular season. This winning streak ended up giving San Francisco its first NL West title since 2012 over wild-card Dodgers, who won 106.
Thursday night will be this season’s 24th and final meeting.
“I think the playbook is such that we know each other’s playbook, so now it’s just old school, we’re going to drive the ball to the right, and you have to stop us, and that’s Vince Lombardi,” said Roberts. “So it’s like we’re going to play, we know what we’re doing, they know what we’re doing, we know who they want baseball in game 5, they know who we want and the matches we’re trying to do few, now it’s about about going out and performing and the best team wins. ”
Kapler also reiterated Robert’s feelings, adding that they are not deviating from what they have been doing all season.
“I have said this throughout the year, but the line-up that we throw out there to the left, the line-up we always had there last against Julio, I feel very good about,” said Kapler. “There are a lot of high-quality hits, boys who see lanes, who can beat home runs against left-handed pitchers, and their record suggests that.”
These two franchises, which began to meet in 1884, share a bond in these crucial games – much to the delight of the Giants.
Thomson connected to one of the most famous home races in baseball history, a three-race drive at the bottom of the ninth inning lifted the New York Giants over Jackie Robinson and the Brooklyn Dodgers 5-4 at the Polo Grounds in 1951.
The long-standing rivalry had moved from the east coast to the west coast when they met again in 1962 in a best-of-three matchup for the NL pennant. San Francisco beat Sandy Koufax in the opening, then lost to Los Angeles to set up a new game 3. Giants big Willie Mays delivered a key hit during a four-run collection in the ninth inning in a 6-4 victory at Dodger Stadium.
At this point, they have won 109 times each this season. Now it’s down to one game again.
“I think it’s just right,” said Dodgers pitcher Walker Buehler.
Copyright 2021 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or distributed without permission.