LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Dodgers offense appeared Tuesday night to beat the San Francisco Giants 7-2 in Game 4 of the NL Divisional Series to force the fifth and decisive of the Series. Mexican pitcher Julio Urías will be in charge of starting from the mound for the Angelenos on Thursday in San Francisco.
“I only know that when we are on the ropes, there is someone named Walker Buehler who is there to get us out of it, he did it again tonight, but we have one more game and Julio (Urías) has to bring us home,” said a smiling Mookie Betts, sitting next to Walker Buehler at the press conference after the victory.
Walker Buehler, with just three days off, started Game 4 for the Dodgers. It was the first time in his career that he started a game with so little rest. However, Walker did not hesitate for a moment, he knew that he would be there for the team when they needed him most. After 4 1/3 innings, Walker left the mound after 71 pitches, allowing no run and striking out four batters.
“There’s nothing that would have stopped me, as long as I could walk to the clubhouse, I was going to pitch,” said a confident Buehler.
“It is the first time that I have to open with so little rest, I felt good, we will see how I am tomorrow. It was an elimination game, I wanted the ball, I feel good about what I did, I wish I could have gone more, but that’s the way it is and there is confidence from the bullpen’s talent to cover it, “he added.
Now, for the fifth and decisive game, it will be Julio Urías’ turn on the mound, who has already won Game 2 of the Series in San Francisco. In that duel, the Mexican pitcher was decisive not only from the mound, but also in offense at bat.
“Julio (Urías) has like an old soul, he stands on the mound and it seems that he has done it for a long time. He is so confident in himself that it is passed on. It may not say much, but you see it and whatever day it is, I know he will have that confidence and you have to win the game, ”shared Betts, who finished 2 of 4 with 3 RBIs and a home run.
Thursday will be the 24th meeting of the season between the two California franchises in the Western divisional rivalry. Both Giants and Dodgers have already reached 109 wins this year and in the fifth of the Series, it will be the decisive one to know who will advance to the Championship Series, but, in addition, it will imply the 110th victory for one of the two.
“For us it will be to go out and play our game, as an offense we will be ready to have good at-bats and take advantage early. They know us, we know them very well and it will come down to who loves it a little more and is ready that day, ”shared Will Smith who finished 2 of 4 with 2 RBIs.
Atlanta Braves have secured their place in the National League Championship Series, so they expect a rival between the reigning champions, Dodgers, or San Francisco. It will be an unmissable game, full of emotions, as Dave Roberts well established.
“It’s what baseball wants, we will also be the only show (on Thursday). All series are over, so if you have a pulse or you are a sports fan, you will have to watch the Giants-Dodgers, it will be a great game, “said the Los Angeles manager.