San Francisco Giants pitcher Logan Webb seems to be yelling “Your Dog gone right” in the sixth inning after striking out Los Angeles Dodgers hitter Trea Turner in the top of the sixth inning in game 1 of the NLDS at Oracle Park Fri Oct 8, 2021 (AP News photo)
By Jeremy Kahn
In his first ever playoff start, Logan Webb looked like a veteran instead of someone on the biggest stage for the first time in his Major League career.
Webb pitched the first 7.2 innings, allowing zero runs on five hits, not walking a batter and striking out 10 and the San Francisco Giants defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers 4-0 in Game One of the National League Division Series at Oracle Park.
The Rocklin native left the mound after he allowed a two-out single to Mookie Betts with two outs in the top of the eighth inning.
Buster Posey hit a two-run home run in the bottom of the first inning off of Dodgers starter Walker Buehler that bounced off the water-spraying pillar on the right field arcade on a 3-0 pitch that gave the Giants an early 2-0 lead.
The home run by Posey was his first in the postseason since Game 4 of the 2012 World Series off of Max Scherzer, then of the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park in Detroit.
Webb got help from his defense in the top of the fourth inning, as Tommy La Stella mde a dazzling stop with his glove, flipped the ball to Brandon Crawford, who then threw to Wilmer Flores to complete the double play on the ball hit by Justin Turner that ended the inning.
La Stella also came up big at the plate, as he picked up two hits on the evening.
Posey helped out Webb immensely from his spot behind the plate, as the veteran, who sat the 2020 season to care for the twin girls that he and his wife adopted.
Just having him back there, honestly, Webb said. “Hell calm me down.
Webb, who helped lead the Giants to their first division title since 2012, last lost against the Colorado Rockies on May 5 at Coors Field.
Kris Bryant hit a solo home run in the bottom of the seventh inning to give the Giants a 3-0 lead, and then Crawford closed out the scoring, as he launched a solo home run into the Dodgers bullpen in the bottom of the eighth inning.
Bryant, who helped lead the Chicago Cubs to their first World Championship in 108 years, went 3-for-3 at the plate.
Walker Buehler went the first 6.1 innings, allowing three runs on six hits, walking just one and struck out five.
“Obviously it’s on me to try to create some momentum and I kind of sucked that out of our dugout,” Buehler said.
NOTES: This is the Giants first appearance in the playoffs since they lost to the Cubs in the 2016 NLDS and their 27th appearance since 1900 and 13th time since moving to California in 1958. As for the Dodgers, this is their ninth consecutive appearance in the postseason, as they are the defending World Champions.
In Giants’ playoff history, the team has an overall record of 26-12 in Game 1 action since 1903 (17-7 in SF era) and 5-3 in Division Series Game 1s…the Giants have won seven of their last eight Game 1s dating back to the 2012 World Series.
UP NEXT: Kevin Gausman will take the mound for the Giants in Game 2, while the Dodgers will send left-hander Julio Urias to the hill on Saturday night.