SAN FRANCISCO – Another notable comeback of the Dodgers cost the Giants a chance to win the National League West at Oracle Park on Friday night.
Within an hour of the Giants’ 106th win of the season with a 3-0 win over the Padres, the Dodgers ended their 104th win of the year with an 8-6 win over the Brewers in Los Angeles.
« It’s expected, » said Giants outfielder Mike Yastrzemski. “They are a really good team and so are we. It’s one of those things where you go back and forth and focus on your own game. »
With two days remaining in the regular season, the Giants magic number is one, meaning a Giants win or a Dodgers loss will make the division for San Francisco.
« It is what it is now, » said the Giants racket Darin Ruf about the race. « We have to focus on every single pitch of every single inning and get wins. »
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The Dodgers fell 5-1 behind the Brewers on Friday, but shortstop Trea Turner started a game-defining Grand Slam against Milwaukee starter Eric Lauer in the fifth inning before Los Angeles took the lead, which it took with a pinch. Hit homer from Matt Beaty would not give up in the sixth inning of former Giants Righty Jandel Gustave.
If the Giants lose their two remaining games and the Dodgers win each of their last two games, the clubs will meet at Oracle Park on Monday for a 163 game that will determine the division winner. The Giants earned the right to host a potential game 163 by beating the Dodgers 10-9 in the season streak between clubs.
The team that wins the division will secure the home advantage during the postseason and will open the NLDS on Friday October 8th against the winner of the NL wildcard game. The runner-up in NL West will host the St. Louis Cardinals, a club that has won 19 of their last 20 games, in the wild card game on Wednesday.
The Giants have their two best starting pitchers planned to kick off the final two games of the season as right-handed Kevin Gausman will serve on Saturday while another right-handed, Logan Webb, will pitch on Sunday. The Padres will counter with veteran Joe Musgrove on Saturday, but San Diego has yet to name a starting pitcher for the regular season finale.
Giants manager Gabe Kapler has not said if the club is deviating from its plan and Webb will rest during Sunday’s game if the team wins the division on Saturday.
The Giants play the Padres on Saturday afternoon, as the clubs start at 1:05 p.m. in Oracle Park, while the first pitch between the Dodgers and Brewers doesn’t take place until 6:10 p.m.
« Tomorrow is treated like a different day, » said outfielder LaMonte Wade Jr. « We’re coming out, putting our routines in, attending our advanced meetings, and we’re going to come out to win the game. Nothing changes. »
National League candidate Cy Young Corbin Burnes will serve for the Brewers, but it’s unclear how long Milwaukee manager Craig Counsell will keep him in the game for next weekend with an NLDS matchup against the Braves.
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