SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — It’s one of the heated rivalries in all sports activities, however the San Francisco Giants and Los Angeles Dodgers have by no means met within the post-season throughout baseball’s fashionable period. No less than till now.
The mantra of “Beat LA” will start echoing by means of San Francisco neighborhoods, bars and at Oracle Park Friday night time because the Dodgers come north after Chris Taylor ripped a walkoff, two-run homer lifting the Dodgers to a 3-1 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals Wednesday night time in a scintillating NL wild-card sport.
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The 2 groups engaged in a dramatic season-long race to assert the NL West title. Los Angeles had received the crown eight straight years, however with a win on the ultimate sport of the common season over the San Diego Padres the Giants ended their run.
Each groups enter Friday night time’s sport with 107 wins — the very best information in Main League Baseball. It was the primary time two groups in the identical division have received 105 or extra video games.
“One of many nice rivalries in sports activities,” Los Angeles supervisor Dave Roberts stated after Wednesday night time’s win. “It’s occurring.”
Taylor echoed these sentiments.
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“That’s gonna be enjoyable,” he stated of the upcoming showdown. “Yeah, two of the very best regular-season information of all-time. We’ve been battling all yr, so I anticipate a hard-fought collection.”
San Francisco’s younger ace Logan Webb (11-3, 3.03 ERA) will begin for the Giants squaring off in opposition to Walker Buehler (16-4, 2.47 ERA). Through the common season, Webb went 3-0 in opposition to the Dodgers and gave up simply over 1 run a sport in these contests.
“To have the ability to throw the primary sport for the very best crew within the league is fairly cool,” Webb stated after his bullpen session Wednesday. “I’m tremendous excited for it. I really feel an additional confidence after we’re right here simply ’trigger it’s an incredible place to pitch, to start with, and likewise the group right here is nice.”
Giants Supervisor Gabe Kapler stated he was wanting to see Webb on one other massive stage as this rivalry takes on a brand new depth.
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“I don’t doubt that there’s some actually good adrenaline at play right here. This has been an thrilling month, two months, three months for Logan on many various ranges, together with what’s occurred within the batter’s field,” Kapler stated. “We’ve seen that that confidence could make your physique bounce again nicely.”