Copyrighted by Sarah Morris, 2021
On a cool Friday night in San Francisco, Logan Webb dominated the Los Angeles Dodgers and shut out them 4-to-0.
The Dodgers are trying to repeat as world champions without their first baseman Max Muncy and Clayton Kershaw. Muncy, who has a dislocated elbow, killed the Giants during the regular season. During the NLDS, the Dodgers will miss his offensive production.
In the 2021 regular season, the Dodgers walked the most in the National League, but Friday, the Dodgers received no walks. Since the Dodgers exhibited no patience, Webb used his slider out of the strike zone to get his ten strikeouts. Knowing the Dodgers love to hit fastballs, Webb used his off-speed pitches more than usual. Only Will Smith and Corey Seager reached second base.
Although Walker Buehler did not pitch poorly in his 6 1/3 innings, it took him two innings to find his command of the strike zone. To open the game, he walked Tommy La Stella and then, allowed a two-run homer by Buster Posey. Later in the game, Buehler allowed a solo home run to Kris Bryant. Both Brusdar Graterol and Phil Bickford were brilliant, but Alex Vesia allowed a solo home run by Brandon Crawford.
According to an old baseball adage, pitching wins a championship, but a team must score to win. Saturday, manager Dave Roberts plans to start Chris Taylor in center field and move Cody Bellinger to first base. The Dodgers must regain their patience at the plate and figure out how to generate offensive production against the Giants.