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LOS ANGELES — On Monday night, the Giants arrived at Dodger Stadium with seemingly all odds against them.
They were up against a Dodgers team who hadn’t lost an at-home game since Aug. Three-time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer was facing them. He hadn’t lost a game since joining Los Angeles in the blockbuster Trade Deadline deal. They were also faced with windy conditions more reminiscent than Candlestick Park of Chavez Ravine.
The Giants managed to overcome the odds once more.
The Giants pulled off a near flawless game in a match with no margin of error. They won Game 3 of the National League Division Series by 1-0 to take a 2-1 lead over their longtime rivals.
Alex Wood, left-hander, set the tone with four scoreless innings. Evan Longoria broke free from a long slump with a solo fifth-inning shot against Scherzer. Brandon Crawford made an incredible leaping grab to steal Mookie Betts’ game-tying hit in seventh. Camilo Doval, a rookie in the postseason, was able to overcome the Dodgers’ formidable order and earn a six-out save.
Wood stated that Wood was astonished by the performances. Wood said, “And it was a strange night. In five years of playing here I have never seen the wind and weather like this tonight. It was really strange. It was almost as if we were playing in San Francisco more than L.A. It was a great team win.
Only one win is required for the Giants to advance to the NL Championship Series, their first since 2014.. On Tuesday night, they will attempt to get to the next round. They’ll send Anthony DeSclafani at the plate in Game 4. The Game 3 winner of any best-of-5 series that was tied 1-1 has won the series 39 .
Los Angeles won Game 2 9-2 on Saturday to even the series at one. But Wood again played the role of the Giants’ most reliable catcher, holding the Dodgers right-handed-heavy lineup down to just two hits, a pair by Albert Pujols, and two walks, while striking out four. After this year’s loss, San Francisco moved to 13-1 after Wood started games.
Gabe Kapler, Gabe Kapler’s manager, said that he is “just so incredibly competitive and so fiery.” He always feels like he is the best option to get the next three batters out. You probably noticed that he felt that he was still a viable option to get more batters out. We love that about him. I wouldn’t change any of the fire or that competitiveness.
Wood knows the Dodgers and vice versa. Wood spent five seasons in Los Angeles pitching, and helped the Dodgers end their year title drought.
Los Angeles manager Dave Roberts trusted Wood enough to deploy him for two pivotal innings out of the bullpen in the decisive Game 6 of the World Series, but when the 30-year-old left-hander hit free agency last offseason, he wanted another opportunity to prove himself as a starter.
Wood signed an incentive-laden one-year contract with San Francisco. He will be reunited with Farhan Zaidi, former Dodgers executive, and current Giants president, baseball operations. Wood delivered on Monday when it was most important, lowering his postseason career ERA to 3. 11 appeared more than 21.
Wood stated, “These are the moments you test yourself.” Wood said, “If you are in the big leagues and if you are a big league player, you’re the best at what your do on Earth.” You work hard in the offseason and all season to achieve moments like this. It will go my way tonight, and it will go our way tonight because of the hard work we did all year. The work I know these guys do every day is truly special.
Crawford was the Giants’ defensive star of the game in the seventh, combining stellar pitching and elite fielding. Betts struck a 100.4-mph missile towards left field with two runners on. Crawford took a perfect leap to grab the ball and keep San Francisco’s lead at 1-0.
Kapler stated that his 34-year old shortstop has “some boosters out there”. Craw makes another outstanding play.
While some of the Giants’ defensive plays were less well-known, they were just as important. Steven Duggar raced into a right-center-field gap in order to take down a fly ball from Chris Taylor. This made a complicated play seem routine.
Tommy La Stella, second baseman, was injured in the sixth. Donovan Solano came in to replace him and he moved far to his left to make a good play on AJ Pollock’s grounder to end seventh.
Kapler stated, “As much our bullpen was responsible tonight’s victory, as Evan Longoria swing was responsible tonight’s win,” Kapler added. “The outfielders did a great job.
The wind provided an assist in the final out of the game. The Dodgers had two outs in the ninth and Gavin Lux was called up to pinch-hit for Doval. Lux hurled a 99.3mph fastball which Lux drove deep to center field. Although most people, including Crawford, Longoria, and Roberts, thought the ball was dead, the wind knocked it off, allowing the Giants the win.
Longoria stated that her stomach “almost sank” when Longoria hit it. “I was shocked that it wasn’t [go out],, but it was our night.”
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