Headline Sports podcast with Jerry Feitelberg: Cal to close up regular season vs. USC in make up game; A’s deal stars Marte and Canha to Mets; plus much more

Cal Bears quarterback Chase Garbers (7) looks for a receiver against the Colorado Buffaloes defense on Sat Oct 23, 2021. Garbers and the Bears host the USC Trojans Sat Dec 4, 2021 at Memorial Stadium in Berkeley in a make up game. ( file photo by AP News)

On Headline Sports podcast with Jerry F:

#1 Jerry, the Cal Bears (4-7) play their final game of the regular season against the USC Trojans (4-7) this will be part of a make up game as it was postponed due to the Bears having half the team on Covid 19 protocols.

#2 The Bears just simply didn’t have a chance against UCLA Bruins (8-4) last Saturday at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena 42-14. The Bruins after the first quarter just simply took over scoring in double digits in each quarter.

#3 The San Francisco 49ers are coming off a huge win over the Minnesota Vikings and their post season hopes are not dashed they’ve getting great offense from wide receiver Brandon Ayiuk and quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo. Talk about the job Ayiuk and Garoppolo has done and how you see them matching up against the Seattle Seahawks this Sunday.

#4 How badly will the San Francisco Giants miss having pitcher Kevin Gausman who went 14-6 ERA 2.81 on their starting rotation as he joins the Toronto Blue Jays for the 2022 season?

#5 Jerry, the New York Mets scored huge this week obtaining former Oakland A’s players Starling Marte and Mark Canha on Wednesday. Talk about how the A’s will miss Marte and Canha and how they’ll be a plus in the Mets line up.

Jerry Feitelberg filled in for Michael Duca for Headline Sports heard each Thursday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

That’s Amaury’s News and Commentary podcast: Major League Baseball locks out tonight; MLB clubs dealing before window closes

Former Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager, left, puts the tag on Atlanta Braves’ Eddie Rosario on an attempted steal during game 5 of the NLCS Oct 21, 2021. Seager joins the Texas Rangers after signing with them on Mon Nov 29, 2021 (AP file photo)

On That’s Amaury:

#1 Amaury the window is closing as the lockout deadline is approaching and tonight this will be the last day of doing business as tonight at midnight Major League Baseball will enter it’s first work stoppage since the unforgettable 1994 baseball strike.

#2 MLB teams are on the move and trying to clean house before the work stoppage kicks in tonight the Los Angeles Dodgers and Texas Rangers are no exception last night dealing shortstop Corey Seagar to the Texas Rangers a ten year deal worth $325 million and on Sunday the Rangers signed second baseman Marcus Semien for seven years at $175 million, Semien played for the Toronto Blue Jays last season.

#3 Former Dodger pitcher Max Scherzer will be throwing for the New York Mets he signs a three year deal for $130 million. Scherzer was 15-4 ERA 2.46. Talk about how much of an addition he will be for the Mets.

#4 Former Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Cy Young Award winner Robbie Ray will be joining the Seattle Mariners Ray and the M’s agreed on a five year $115 million deal and with Ray’s experience and accomplishments both will be expecting big things. Ray was 13-7 ERA 2.84 last season for the Blue Jays.

#5 Former Los Angeles Angel Alex Cobb will join the San Francisco Giants details of an agreement has not been disclosed on Monday night. Cobb was 8-3 with an ERA 3.76, he’s 34 years old how much do you see him helping the Giants in 2022?

Join Amaury Pi Gonzalez for News and Commentary for exclusive coverage of the Major League Baseball lockout 2021 at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Headline Sports podcast with Michael Duca: San Jose State hopes to snap two game losing streak Thursday against Fresno; Giants shopping Angels Cobb; plus more

The San Jose Spartans tight end Derrick Deese (87) who lost his helmet as he crosses the goal line for the score against UNLV at Allegiant Stadium on Thu Oct 21, 2021 against the UNLV Runnin Rebels. The Spartans host the Fresno State Bulldogs Thu Nov 25, 2021 (AP News file photo)

On Headline Sports with Michael:

#1 The San Jose State Spartans (5-6) have a big game with the Fresno State Bulldogs (8-3). San Jose State is trying to become bowl eligible. That should be a good Turkey Day game which Michael will be covering.

#2 San Francisco Giants manager Gabe Kapler must be excited about the thought of obtaining Los Angeles Angel pitcher Alex Cobb.

#3 The Giants signed Anthony DeSclafani for three years for $36 million and who says there’s no loyalty in baseball? DeSclafani will stay with the Giants for the next three seasons.

#4 It will be interesting to see how both sides of a work stoppage in Major League Baseball work one of the issues of arbitration out. This is a lockout that should not eat into the beginning of the 2022 season things should get worked out.

#5 Oakland A’s outfielder Chris Canha most likely will be leaving and the Giants have shown some interest in obtaining his services. He played college ball at Cal and he knows the Bay Area and this is what he knows and what he’s comfortable with.

Michael does Headline Sports each Thursday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com and wishes everyone a Happy Thanksgiving

That’s Amaury’s News and Commentary podcast: LeBron gets one game suspension Stewart two in Malice at the Pizza Palace; Warriors Thompson could return late Dec; plus more

You can’t keep the Detroit Pistons center Isaiah Stewart down after getting elbowed in the face by Los Angeles Lakers LeBron James he had to be restrained twice after trying to get back at LeBron. Both players have been suspended by the NBA. (AP News photo)

On That’s Amaury’s News and Commentary podcast:

#1 Los Angeles Lakers LeBron James received a one game suspension while the Detroit Pistons Isaiah Stewart received a two game suspension for their third quarter brawl at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit Sunday night. LeBron gets the one game for elbowing Stewart in the face and Stewart gets two games for continuing to charge LeBron two times after being restrained and told to stop.

#2 The Golden State Warriors Klay Thompson was reported to be cleared to return to action from his cruciate ligament and Achilles injuries but Warrior head coach Steve Kerr said he didn’t hear anything about Thompson being cleared and Thompson’s return is scheduled for late December.

#3 Amaury, Associate coach Alvin Gentry is now interim head coach replacing former Sacramento Kings head coach Luke Walton. The Kings had lost seven of their last eight games before Walton was replaced. Gentry lost his first game as head coach against the Philadelphia 76ers on Monday night at the Golden One Center. The Kings have now lost eight of their last nine.

#4 The San Jose Sharks who came off three loses out of four game on the road returned to San Jose (9-8-1) on Monday night with a 2-1 win over the best team in the NHL the Carolina Hurricanes (14-2-1)

#5 Turning to baseball the Oakland A’s are moving forward in an offer to buy land for a new ballpark located in the same city as minor league team the Las Vegas Aviators in Summerland Nevada. The estimated price of the new ballpark is around $1 billion, the A’s who have tried to build at the Howard Terminal site in Oakland that project cost is around $12 billion.

#6 Busy day for the San Francisco Giants they signed pitcher Anthony DeSclafani for three years worth $36 million. DeSclafani went 13-7 with an ERA 3.17 in 2021. The Giants are reported in advance talks with Los Angeles Angels pitcher Alex Cobb 34, a right hander who went 8-3 with a 3.76 ERA. One more thing to unpack regarding Giants retired catcher Buster Posey he was named the 2021 National League comeback player of the year.

Join Amaury Pi Gonzalez for News and Commentary podcasts each Tuesday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Posey to retire on Thursday; Three time World Champ hangs it up after 12 seasons

San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey is seen here playing just one of a handful of games during spring training on Feb 24, 2020. Posey did not play in the 2020 regular season and returned in 2021 and is announcing his retirement Thu Nov 4, 2021 at Oracle Park in San Francisco (AP News file photo)

By Jeremy Kahn

SAN FRANCISCO–Buster Posey, the last player to win all three World Series Championships with the San Francisco Giants in 2010, 2012 and 2014 will be announcing his retirement on Thursday, according to sources.

Posey, who was drafted by the Giants with the fifth overall pick in the 2008 MLB draft, and when he signed with the team on August 16 of that year, he was given a $6.2 million signing bonus, the largest up-front bonus in team history.

After beginning the 2009 season with the San Jose Giants, Posey was promoted to the Fresno Grizzlies, then the Giants Triple-A and after 35 games, he was called up to the big leagues on September 2 of that year and eventually made his debut on September 11 at AT&T Park and struck out in his first career at-bat against Hiroki Kuroda of the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Eight days later, Posey picked up his major league hit off of Jeff Weaver of the Dodgers at Dodger Stadium.

Posey began the 2010 season with the Grizzlies, and was called up on May 29, 2010, and went three-for-four at the plate with four runs batted in. On June 9, Posey hit his first MLB home run off of Aaron Harang of the Cincinnati Reds.

Then Giants General Manager Brian Sabean traded Bengie Molina to the Texas Rangers on June 29, 2010 and after the trade, Posey became the Giants starting catcher.

After helping the Giants to their first World Series Championship over the Rangers later that season, Posey would be named the National League Rookie of the Year.

Just one month after the 2011 season began on May 25, Posey sustained a broken fibula, and torn ligaments in his left leg after a home plate collision with Scott Cousins of the Florida Marlins.

Posey returned to the team for the 2012 season and became the first National League catcher since Ernie Lombardi of the Cincinnati Reds in 1942 to win the batting title, and helped the Giants to their second World Series Championship in three years, when the swept the Detroit Tigers.

During the post-season awards circuit, Posey won the NL MVP, the Silver Slugger Award for catchers and the NL Comeback Player of the Year. Posey also won the Willie Mac Award from his teammates.

Posey would help lead the Giants to their third World Series Championship in five years in a thrilling seven-game series against the Kansas City Royals in 2014.

Once again, Posey and the even year magic of the Giants would come into play again in 2016, as the Giants defeated the New York Mets in the NL Wild Card game; however, they would lose in the National League Division Series to the eventual World Champion Chicago Cubs.

With the 2020 season being shortened due to the coronavirus, Posey opted out of the season to help his wife Kristen take care of their twins Addison and Lee, and two premature born twins.

Posey returned to the field for the 2021 season, and helped the Giants to their first NL West Division Championship since 2012, as the Giants won a franchise record 107 games.

During the season, Posey batted .304 with 18 home runs and 56 Runs Batted In.

The organization said last month that they would exercise the $22 million club option for the 2022 season.

While playing the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NLDS, Posey showed hints of retirement to be at home with his wife and four children.

Eventually, Posey will be a member of the Giants Wall of Fame, probably get a statue at Oracle Park, have his number 28 retired and most definitely head to Cooperstown and into Baseball Hall of Fame.

That’s Amaury’s News and Commentary: A disputed check swing and why rule should be changed

A moment that will be discussed for years to come the Wilmer Flores check swing ruled a strike by first base umpire Gabe Morales in the bottom of the ninth during the NLDS game 5 on Thu Oct 14, 2021 at Oracle Park in San Francisco for the last out against the Los Angeles Dodgers (AP News photo)

A Disputed Check Swing and Why Rule should be Changed

That’s Amaury News and Commentary

Thousands of people at Oracle Park in San Francisco and millions across the country witnessed a terrible call by first base umpire Gabe Morales, (after a request asking for help, from the home plate umpire) decided a Wilmer Flores “swing” for the third strike, thus ending Game 5 which Dodgers won 5-4 over the Giants. Dodgers advanced to the NLCS and Giants went home for the winter.

During the past several years baseball has been changing many things, mostly trying to speed up the game. Here is one rule that they should change. What we all witness happens more often than you think, probably thousands of times during games in the regular season, but what made it much more blatant was it was the last out of a very important game with a huge television audience. TBS telecast of this game delivered the biggest audience this postseason so far.

Baseball uses six (6) umpires during the postseason, the regular four (4) on the infield, plus two (2) are added, one on left field and one in right field. We know this is done for the sake of accuracy because these are much more important games than the 162-regular season affairs. This rule (see MLB rules below) should be revised and possibly changed. The rule in question is very nebulous.

For the record: Wilmer Flores, prior to the questioned at-bat and during his career, never got a hit from Max Scherzer in 17 turns at the plate with 8 strikeouts. The probability that Flores was going to get a hit against this pitcher was very low, but just like baseball is not played on paper but on the field, baseball is also not played in probability but in actual time on the field. The Giants, including their manager Gabe Kapler showed a lot of class, considering what happened during what was out number 27 and the last one of that crucial game for both teams.

As of today I have never met a robot and had a conversation with one or somebody that walked on water and never made a mistake, I believe umpire Gabe Morales also was very candid after the game when he said the following (quote) “Check swings are one of the hardest calls we have. I don’t have the benefit of multiple camera angles when I’m watching it live. When it happened live, I thought he went, so that’s why I called it a swing.” (end of quote) Check swings are interpreted many ways by different umpires, not reliable when it comes to consistency. It is like the argument “what came first the chicken or the egg”?

Major League Baseball has a lot on their agenda this winter, especially negotiating a new CBA (Collective Bargaining Agreement) describing the rules of employment and financial structure of the game. The most recent was finalized on November 30, 2016 and last until December 1, 2021. This is a big deal for both sides, owners, and players, and will take a very good effort from both sides.

I am sure MLB still will have time on how to correct the controversial “check swing” rule, a very confusing rule that makes umpires more vulnerable and open for mistakes based on interpretation. This is the link to the Official Baseball rules. http://mlb.mlb.com/documents/0/8/0/268272080/2018_Official_Baseball_Rules.pdf

Amaury Pi Gonzalez is the lead broadcaster for Oakland A’s Spanish radio on 1010 KIQI Le Grande San Francisco and does News and Commentary at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Bellinger wins it for Dodgers ends season for Giants 2-1

The Los Angeles Dodgers Mookie Betts connects for a single in the fourth inning in front of San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey in game 5 of the NLDS at Oracle Park in San Francisco (AP News photo)

By Jeremy Kahn

SAN FRANCISCO-Of the series between the two best teams in Major League Baseball in 2021 came down the final at-bat and it was the Los Angeles Dodgers standing in the end.

Cody Bellinger hit a seeing eye single in the top of the ninth inning that scored Justin Turner from second base, helping the Dodgers to a 2-1 victory over the San Francisco Giants in Game Five of the National League Division Series before a crowd of 42,275 at Oracle Park.

I actually did think he had a fastball and I thought the slider was and Bellinger was not able to get underneath it until that one swing, said Giants manager Gabe Kapler.

The Bellinger single gave the Dodgers the lead for good and Game Three starter Max Scherzer came on to close it out for the Dodgers, who move on to their second NLCS appearance and their fifth appearance in the last six years.

Scherzer did run into some trouble in the bottom of the ninth inning, as after he got Brandon Crawford to fly out to Chris Taylor in right field, Turner committed a fielding error at third base that allowed Kris Bryant reach first base that brought LaMonte Wade, Jr., who became the late inning hero for the Giants during the season; however, Wade, Jr., was unable to be the hero, when he struck out for the second out of the inning and then Scherzer got Wilmer Flores on a check swing to end the game, the series and the season for the Giants.

It looked like he did not go. I mean that was my take on it, said Kapler.

Turner reached with one out in the inning after he was hit on the shoulder on a pitch thrown by losing pitcher Camilo Doval, who then gave up a single to Gavin Lux and then Bellinger singled to right field to score Turner with the series winning run for the defending World Champion Dodgers, who will face the Atlanta Braves in the NLCS beginning on Saturday night at Truist Park in Atlanta. This will be the second year in a row that the Dodgers and the Braves will face each other in the NLCS, last season, the Dodgers came back from a 3-1 deficit to win the NLCS in seven games.

The Dodgers finally got to Logan Webb in the top of the sixth inning, Corey Seager hit a flare down the left field line for a double, that scored Mookie Betts from second base to break up the scoreless tie.

Betts was the star of the game for the Dodgers, as he went four-for-four at the plate, including a double in the top of the sixth inning that came right before Seager dropped the double down the left field line that gave the Dodgers the lead for a short period of time.

The four hits by Betts were a postseason career high.

He is one of the best players in baseball for a reason. He is a pretty incredible player and pretty incredible guy, honestly, said Logan Webb.

Darin Ruf tied up the game with one swing of the bat in the bottom of the sixth inning, as he launched a solo home run over the center field wall. It was the first career post season home run for Ruf.

Julio Urias, who pitched a masterpiece on Saturday in the 9-2 win by the Dodgers gave up the home run to Ruf. Urias, who went five innings on Saturday night, as he allowed one run on three hits, walking one, striking out five and threw 72 pitches looked unhittable until Ruf unloaded on the 3-2 pitch that tied up the game.

In all, Urias went four innings, allowing one run on three hits, walking no one and striking out five on four days rest.

Webb, who struck out 10 in the Game One victory for the Giants, came back to throw seven innings, allowing one run on four hits, walking one and striking out seven in his second career postseason career start.

I felt good. Everything was moving the way I wanted to, and yeah it was good. Buster caught a great game, said Webb.

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts, who originally stated that he was going to start Urias instead started Corey Knebel, who pitched the first inning, where he allowed just a double to Buster Posey and nothing else before turning the ball over to the bullpen.

Brusdar Graterol then came up on to replace Knebel, as he also went one inning, allowing two hits and was able to strand two runners on base, when he struck out Webb to end the threat and the inning.

Tyler Rogers came on to replace Webb in the top of the eighth inning, and he got into a jam after he led off the inning by getting Taylor to fly out to Bryant in center field, but then A.J. Pollock came off the bench to pinch hit for Blake Treinen and reached on an infield single that went off the glove of Wilmer Flores.

Betts then came up with his fourth hit of the game to put runners on first and second with one out, but then Rogers struck out Seager for the second out of the inning and that was end of the night for Rogers, who was replaced by Camilo Doval, who on one pitch got Trea Turner to fly out to Austin Slater in right field to get out of the inning and the jam.

NOTES: This was the 27th postseason appearance for the Giants and the 13th since they moved to California in 1958, and it was the first time that the Giants and Dodgers ever faced off versus each other in the postseason.

Kapler is the fifth consecutive Giants manager to lead his team to the postseason, joining Roger Craig (1987, 1989), Dusty Baker (1997, 2000 and 2002), Felipe Alou (2003), Bruce Bochy (2010, 2012, 2014 and 2016) and Kapler (2021).

UP NEXT: The season is over for the Giants, who will meet up again in Spring Training in February of 2022 at Scottsdale Stadium in Scottsdale, Arizona.

On the other hand, the Dodgers will head to Atlanta, where they will face the Braves beginning on Saturday night in the NLCS.

This is the 15th trip to the NLCS for the Dodgers, breaking the tie with the St. Louis Cardinals for the most trips to the NLCS since divisional play began in 1969.

San Francisco Giants/NLDS podcast with Michael Duca: Battle comes down to historic game 5 tonight in SF

San Francisco Giants starter Logan Webb is pumped up after striking out the Los Angeles Dodgers Trea Turner in the top of the sixth inning during game 1 of the NLDS on Fri Oct 8, 2021. Webb will get the start in game 5 Thu Oct 14, 2021 at Oracle Park in San Francisco (AP News photo)

On the SF Giants/NLDS podcast with Michael:

#1 Tonight’s game the deciding and final game of this five game NLDS boils down to two great starting pitchers tonight the Los Angeles Dodgers Julio Urias (1-0 ERA 1.80) and the San Francisco Giants Logan Webb (1-0 ERA 0.00) a 6:07 pm start at Oracle Park.

#2 The Giants who lost on Tuesday night at Dodgers Stadium 7-2 saw a Dodger line up awaken and Mookie Betts well and bat alive with some potent offense in game 4.

#3 The Giants will be facing a 20 game winner in Urias what will Giants manager Gabe Kapler have to be concerned with most in facing one of the most prolific pitchers in MLB who can mix up his pitches against this Giant line up.

#4 You’ve seen the Giants drop two of the four games thus far with Brandon Belt out and looking at this series how badly to the Giants miss his bat?

#5 Logan Webb opened the series in game one last Friday with a brilliant performance going 7.2 innings, five hits, and ten strike outs. The Dodgers had a rough time touching up Webb how do you see Webb coming into this game 5 tonight.

Join Michael for the Giants podcasts each Thursday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Familiarity and Execution: The two, foremost themes heading into NLDS Game 5 between the Dodgers and Giants

By Morris Phillips

SAN FRANCISCO–The biggest game in the long history between the Giants and Dodgers is here. Twice, the Giants struck first, and the Dodgers answered emphatically both times. Now in Game 5, only one statement remains to be made. Which team will win this epic series with all of the baseball world focused on Oracle Park Thursday night?

The Dodgers took the first, and biggest gamble of the series on Tuesday, in bringing back Walker Buehler on short rest to start Game 4. And Buehler delivered. That allows Los Angeles to now start Julio Urias on regular rest, opposite the Giants’ Logan Webb in Game 5. Manager Dave Roberts said he eyeballed Buehler, and what he saw made the manager’s decision easy.

“I would feel really weird not pitching a game that we could lose a series,” Buehler said in explaining the vibe he sent to Roberts.

“Sometimes when you might be a little bit more fatigued and not too amped up or too strong, you kind of try not to do too much,” Roberts said of his ace’s Game 4 performance. “And all night long he stayed in his delivery. All the stuff — the velocity, the characteristics of his secondary pitches — was really good.”

Both starters for Thursday have already won a game in the series. Logan Webb was spectacular in Game 1, pitching into the eighth inning and forcing the Dodgers’ hitters into uncharacteristic mistakes. Urias had a shorter stint in Game 2, pitching five innings and allowing three hits and a run. But when Urias departed, the Dodgers were already in control, leading 2-1 in a game they would break open in the sixth, and win 9-2.

For the Giants, the questions are clear: Can Webb summon the magic a second time? And can the San Francisco bullpen support him when he departs? The odds of both happening are good.

Webb remains a problem for any ballclub that steps into Oracle Park. He’s yet to lose a ballgame at home (6-0, 1.96 ERA in 73 1/3 innings in 2021, not including his 7 1/3 scoreless innings in Game 1), and his unwavering demeanor and penchant for dialing up strikeouts will energize the sold out crowd on Thursday. The only issue? Los Angeles’ hitters were undisciplined in Game 1. This time, they will challenge Webb to be at his absolute best this time by only swinging at baseballs in the strike zone.

Overall, the Giants’ pitching staff has done some good things. They’ve kept the Dodgers’ best hitters from leaving the park. Only two Dodgers have homered in the Series: Will Smith has two, and Mookie Betts greeted Giants’ reliever Jarlin Garcia with bad news in the fourth inning on Wednesday night. A host of other Los Angeles sluggers have been left frustrated trying to drive one out, especially in Game 3. For the Giants, that needs to continue.

Also, the Giants’ pitchers that have shown some vulnerability most assuredly won’t throw in the deciding game. Starters Kevin Gausman and Anthony DeSclafani both must turn the page, and get ready for the next round if the Giants advance. Dominic Leone and Garcia have both had a pair of substandard appearances.

So that leaves Camilo Doval, the re-emerging Jake McGee, and Zach Littell as top options for Gabe Kapler if the Giants’ are fortunate to reap high-leverage situations in Game 5 after Webb departs. Littell–awful in Game 2, but lights out in Game 4–is the most intriguing. He’s a trusted arm, and Kapler is likely to forget his Game 2 hiccup, and remember his four strikeouts in an inning plus on Tuesday.

The Dodgers also will be in great shape to unearth a well-pitched game in the decider as well. Urias, the 20-game winner will start, and the best bullpen in baseball will follow. All signs point to a tense, low scoring game.

From a hitting standpoint, the Giants will have all-hands on deck, but they’ll likely depend on the most familiar suspects against Urias. Both Brandon Crawford and Buster Posey had hits off Urias in Game 2, and Austin Slater will likely earn another start in right field against the Dodgers’ left handed starter. Slater, too, doubled off Urias in Game 2.

Darin Ruf (left field) and Wilmer Flores (first base) will likely be in Kapler’s starting lineup, as will Kris Bryant, who has picked up his game after a lackluster end of the regular season, giving his manager tremendous versatility.

“A bat of that caliber and that quality, and knowing that they can play anywhere and they are going to be ready to go gives us the flexibility to do a lot of things,” Kapler said of Bryant. “So I guess it’s not just Kris, but also what that does for the rest of the roster and how we can construct our lineups.”

The defending champion Dodgers are easier to decipher. Betts, Trea Turner, Corey Seager and the youthful, but dangerous Smith can each be the one to individually or collaboratively ruin the evening for San Francisco fans on Thursday. And don’t forget Justin Turner either. He’s done almost nothing in the series thus far–hitting .059–but he undoubtedly will be in the Roberts’ lineup and a serious threat to come up clutch in a big spot.

Dodgers stave off elimination with big victory 7-2; LA forces game 5 at Oracle Thursday

Bottom of the fourth inning the Los Angeles Dodgers cracks a bottom of the fourth inning home run against the San Francisco Giants on Tue Oct 12, 2021 at Dodgers Stadium in Los Angeles (AP News photo)

By Jeremy Kahn

If you thought that the reigning World Champion Los Angeles Dodgers would go away quietly into the off-season, you were wrong.

Anthony DeSclafani lasted just 1.1 innings, and Mookie Betts hit a two-run home run in the bottom of the fourth inning and the Dodgers forced a decisive Game Five in the National League Division with a 7-2 victory over the San Francisco Giants at Dodger Stadium.

Gabe Kapler saw enough from his starter just 28 pitches and the Dodgers jumped out to an early 2-0 lead against the Giants, who were trying to close out the series and move on to the National League Championship Series against the Atlanta Braves, who closed out the Milwaukee Brewers after Freddie Freeman hit a solo home run in the bottom of the eighth inning, helping the Braves to a 5-4 victory at Truist Park in Atlanta.

DeSclafani gave up a run-scoring double that scored Corey Seager in the bottom of the first inning, and then Chris Taylor just missed a home run in the bottom of the second inning, as his sacrifice fly was caught by LaMonte Wade, Jr., that scored Gavin Lux, who just missed tying up the game in the bottom of the ninth inning on a fly ball that was caught by Steven Duggar on the warning track that gave the Giants a 1-0 victory and a 2-1 lead over the Dodgers in the NLDS.

In that 1.2 innings of work, DeSclafani allowed two runs on five hits, did not allow a walk and struck out two in his post season debut for the Giants.

Walker Buehler, who lost Game 1 to the Giants on Friday night at Oracle Park went just 4.1 innings, allowing one run on four hits, walked two and struck out four and did not fare in the decision.

Betts hit a two-run home run off of Jarlin Garcia, just after Buehler reached on a fielding error by Garcia.

The Giants scored their lone run in the top of the fifth inning, when Darin Ruf grounded out to Trea Turner that allowed Game Four hero Evan Longoria to score easily from third base.

With a chance to tie up the game, Brandon Crawford, who came up with one of the biggest defensive play of the win on Monday night grounded out to Justin Turner to end the inning and the threat for the Giants.

Joe Kelly, who came on to replace Buehler in the top of the fifth inning, picked up the win for the Dodgers, as he went 0.2 innings, allowing one hit and the rest zeros before turning the game over to Brusdar Graterol, Anthony Vesia, Blake Treinen and then Phil Bickford and the Dodgers forced the decisive Game Five on Thursday night at Oracle Park in San Francisco.

Betts drove in his second run of the night in the bottom of the fifth inning, as he hit a sacrifice fly off of Tyler Rogers that scored Cody Bellinger from third base with the bases loaded.

It was in that fifth inning, that the Dodgers basically put the game away, as Lux walked, then went to third on a Bellinger hit-and-run single thru the middle of the infield. Chris Taylor, who sent the Dodgers into the Division Series against the Giants after he hit a two-run home run in the bottom of the ninth inning off of Anthony Reyes to give the Dodgers a dramatic 3-1 victory on Wednesday night hit into a force play that saw Leone throw to Longoria, who threw to Buster Posey, who tagged out Lux for the first out for the first out of the inning.

After Steven Souza walked to load the bases, Betts hit a sacrifice fly to Kris Bryant in left field to score Bellinger. Rogers then got Seager to fly out to Mike Yastrzemski to end the inning.

The Giants cut the lead down to 5-2 in the top of the eighth inning, when Crawford led off the inning with a double to the base of the right field wall off of Treinen. Posey then sent to his longtime teammate to third, when he grounded out to Trea Turner, and then Bryant grounded out to Justin Turner to score Crawford and down to his last position player, Kapler called on Curt Casali, who struck out to end the inning.

Will Smith put the game out of reach in the bottom of the eighth inning, when he hit a two-run home run off of Jake McGee with one out in the inning. Seager led off the inning with a single, then after a fly out by Trea Turner for the first out of the inning, Smith launched the two-run home run into the bleachers.

NOTES: When the Giants took Game Three by the final score of 1-0 on Monday night, it was the 15th time in postseason history that a game ended with a score of 1-0, with the lone run being scored on a solo home run. Greg Bird of the New York Yankees was last player to accomplish the feat in the 2017 American League Division Series against the Cleveland Indians.

This was the second time in Giants that this occurred, and the first time since October 12, 1923, when Casey Stengel hit a solo home run to give the Giants a 1-0 win over the New York Yankees in the World Series.

With the shutout on Monday night, it was the 27th shutout in Giants postseason history, the second most in MLB history, trailing the Yankees, who have 32 shutouts in postseason history. Of those 27 shutouts, Posey has caught 14 of the 27 shutouts, the most by a catcher in MLB postseason history.

UP NEXT: Logan Webb will take the mound on Thursday night for the Giants, as they look for their first appearance in the National League Championship Series since 2014, while the Dodgers will send Julio Urias to the mound, as they look for their second consecutive appearance in the NLCS and their fifth appearance in six years.