during a Giants of San Francisco the pitch change in the seventh inning Wednesday night, the scoreboard at Dodger Stadium played a reel of familiar highlights.
They were clips from The defeat of Dodger of the Giants in the National League Division Series last year, a memorable five-game battle that came in the final inning of the final match.
Wednesday night’s match between rivals NL West wasn’t that close.
Moments after the resumption of play, the Dodgers exploded for four runs to break away from the Giants in a 9-1 win in front of a rowdy 52,203 at Dodger Stadium, completing a two-game sweep in the team’s first league in this one. season.
At first, it looked like the tax evaders and Giants were headed for another tight finish.
Tony Gonsolin pitched five strong innings, giving up a single run as he eliminated five.
The Dodgers fought off a slow start to the pot, unsuccessfully going three innings against Alex Wood before scoring twice in the fourth to take a one-point lead. After that, however, the Dodgers (16-7) pulled out.
Their bullpen was sturdy, outpacing the Giants in the last four innings.
Their line-up, meanwhile, came to life, doubling the lead in the sixth on a Mookie Betts home run before opening the game in the seventh.
The inning began with a single line-drive from Max Muncy, who slapped his hands in relief as the ball landed in front of right fielder Luis González to snap a recent 0-for-16 slip.
After Justin Turner was knocked out, the Giants (14-10) made a pitch change, summoning southpaw Sam Long as NLDS highlights flashed in the outfield.
The Dodgers immediately besieged Long.
Cody Bellinger fouled a couple of two-strike changes before hitching a double to center right. Chris Taylor went 3-and-0 ahead before receiving a deliberate walk.
This brought Gavin Lux into the pot with one out.
He swung at the first change of shot in the area, hitting a slow helicopter on the right side.
First baseman Wilmer Flores fielded the ball but had nowhere to go as Muncy ran home from third and Lux beat everyone else at the start for a single infield.
Betts hit a sacrifice fly in the next bar before Freddie Freeman put an exclamation point on the inning, lining up a two-point triple in the corner of the right field.
Muncy further accumulated with a two-point home run in the eighth, giving him his first home run and a two-shot game from April 22.
Betts and Lux also finished with two wins in one night as each member of the Dodgers starting lineup reached base.
The win improved the Dodgers’ home record to 10-2 through their first two results at home and brought them exclusive possession of first place in the National League West Division, one game more than the San Diego Padres and 2 1 / 2 in front of the Giants.
Smith goes up, Turner goes down
For the third straight game on Wednesday, Will Smith was the hitter of the Dodgers cleanup, making one in two with two walks and a single RBI in the fourth inning. Although Smith is only hitting .246, he has 13 RBI and a .762 base rate plus hits, good for third place on the team.
“There is no panic, and he is very unruffled,” said manager Dave Roberts. “And that’s why, I think for a manager, the more players you can trust and who are reliable, you feel a lot better managing them out there.”
Smith’s ascent in the order coincided with Justin Turner’s descent. For the second consecutive game on Wednesday, Turner beat sixth place, a place he hadn’t appeared earlier this season and that he had only held sparingly for the past few seasons.
Turner went one in four with a single in his last bar, snapping a 0 over 17 slip.
Price back with the team
David Price returned to the Dodgers on Wednesday after canceling the COVID-19 protocols following his positive test last week.
Price said this week he will travel with the team to Chicago for the series against the Cubs – Wrigley Field is one of two baseball fields the 14-year veteran has never been to, along with Texas’s new Globe Life Field. Rangers – then will head to Arizona to start rebuilding.