Copyrighted by Sarah Morris, 2021
On a windy and chilly Saturday night, the Los Angeles Dodgers walloped the San Francisco Giants 9-to-2 to tie the NLDS one game apiece.
Unlike Friday night, the Dodgers did not chase pitches out of the strike zone, making Kevin Gausmann work. After having a miserable offensive season, Cody Bellinger, playing first base for the injured Max Muncy, had the biggest hit, a bases-loaded double, of the game for the Dodgers. If Bellinger can recapture some of his magic from 2019, he can help to compensate for the missing Muncy during the postseason.
This important victory was a team effort. Even Julio Urìas had a single. At no time during the game, the Giants had the lead, which quieted the crowd. Will Smith had a solo home run.
Urías hurled five innings of one-run ball. For the first two innings, he struggled, which drove up his pitch count, causing his abbreviated outing. While Joe Kelly allowed a run, Corey Knebel, Brusdar Graterol, and Phil Bickford performed magnificently. The Dodgers had a great defense, including an amazing throw from Mookie Betts.