MLB SPORTS: “Only show in town”: LA stars rise force G5

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LOS ANGELES — This was a thrilling race in the National League West between the Giants and Dodgers. Los Angeles tied a franchise mark with 106 wins. However, it finished behind San Francisco with 107 victories. This was the first time that a division had two teams with at most 105 wins.

The head-to-head matches were also quite epic. The Giants won the season series 10-9 by winning the final game. This was ultimately the difference in the division. However, it doesn’t capture the intensity of the battles between these two teams.

Many games went down to the wire and it was full of drama. The season series featured many dramatic moments, including blown saves and a missed check swing. The two top teams played some stellar baseball.

Both teams were rewarded after six months of fighting each other. This series certainly lives up to its hype. After a 7-2 win by the Dodgers over the Giants on Tuesday, the NL Division Series Series will come down to a winner take all game on Thursday at Oracle Park.

This will be the third game in which the winner takes all between the Giants and Dodgers in the history of their rivalry. It was the first since Oct. 3, at Dodger Stadium.

With a smile, Dave Roberts, Dodgers manager, said that “This is what baseball needs.” “As far as I know, all series have ended and we’ll be the only show in town,” Roberts said. Dodgers-Giants is the only show you should be watching if you are a sports fan or have a pulse. It’s going be a fantastic one.”

The Dodgers were facing elimination on Tuesday and Walker Buehler’s performance on the mound was all they cared about. Buehler stated to Roberts after Game 2 that he would like to have Game 4 on three days’ rest, having thrown 99 pitches in Game 1 Buehler hadn’t ever started a game with short rest. Los Angeles received everything it required and more from him.

Buehler allowed just one run and struck out four in 4 1/3 strong innings. Buehler was high on adrenaline. He averaged 96.1mph on the four seam fastball, nearly a full mph higher than his season average. After 71 pitches, he was pulled and received a standing ovation.

He was attacking the zone. Buster Posey, Giants catcher, said that he was using four pitches and getting them over for strikes. He did an excellent job of keeping us on-balance.

Buehler was the team’s ace after years of watching veterans lead their teams to success in postseason play. Buehler had been able to deliver many stellar postseason performances, but he never took short breaks. He can check that box off his list and prove once more why he is a worthy ace. He saved the Dodgers’ season.

Mookie Betts, Dodgers outfielder, said that Walker Buehler is a man you can trust when your backs are against a wall. He did it again today. We had one more game.”

Buehler managed the Giants’ offense while the Dodgers’ lineup did the same and chased right-hander Anthony DeSclafani in just 1 1/3 innings. Trea Turner scored the Dodgers’ first-inning RBI run with a double by Trea Turner. On a Chris Taylor sacrifice fly, the Dodgers added another run in their second inning. Betts was the next to deliver another memorable moment in this series, once they reached the Giants’ bullpen.

Betts hit a two-run homer against Jarlin Garcia in fourth inning to give Dodgers a 4-1 lead. In the fifth, he also added a sacrifice fly. But Betts wasn’t alone in the attack as the top three hitters in the order went 6-for-14 with four RBIs on Tuesday after going 0-for-11 in Game 3, The bottom of the order, led by Gavin Lux, also chipped in. Betts, a former top prospect, went 2-for-2 with 2 walks and earned another game in Game 5.

Will Smith struck a two-run homer to extend his lead in the eighth. The Dodgers needed their stars. They received exactly that.

Buehler stated that the playoffs are all about momentum. “I’ve spoken about this kind of, almost excessively, but it’s huge. A win like this for our team, especially in the fashion that we did it, would be huge for us in just two days.”

Although the Dodgers managed to avoid elimination in the postseason for the second consecutive year, their season will still be at stake on Thursday. The Dodgers will have Julio Urias, a left-hander, on the mound. Logan Webb, a right-hander for the Giants, will be their opponent.

The two teams will have no secrets after the 23 matchups. For nearly seven months, they’ve been throwing everything at one another. When you add the postseason, both teams have scored 109 victories this season. No. 110 will advance to the NL Championship Series, where they will face the Braves.

Did you ever doubt it would all come down to this?

Smith stated, “For us it’s just going out and playing our games.” They know us. They know us very well. It’s going to be down to who wants it more and who is willing to go there that day.”

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