Evan Longoria homered off Max Scherzer within the fifth inning and the San Francisco Giants edged the Los Angeles Dodgers 1-0 on a blustery Monday evening to take a 2-1 lead of their NL Division Sequence.
It was the Giants’ second shutout within the best-of-five collection after profitable the opener 4-0.
Recreation 4 is Tuesday at Dodger Stadium with Recreation 5 in San Francisco on Thursday, if obligatory.
The Dodgers routed the Giants 9-2 to win Recreation 2, however mustered simply 5 hits again at dwelling. NL batting champion Trea Turner and Mookie Betts every went 0 for 4, and Corey Seager was 0 for 4 with a stroll.
Longoria broke out of an 0-for-23 hunch in a giant method along with his leadoff shot to left-center. He had simply two hits in his final 40 at-bats. It was his first postseason homer for the reason that 2013 ALDS with Tampa Bay. After that, Scherzer retired his remaining six batters.
The Giants’ different two hits had been singles by Buster Posey and Kris Bryant. Their remaining 15 batters had been retired, together with within the ninth when Dodgers nearer Kenley Jansen struck out the aspect.
San Francisco starter Alex Wooden allowed two hits over 4 2/3 innings towards his former workforce. The left-hander struck out 4 and walked two. Tyler Rogers acquired the win with 1 2/3 innings of aid. Camilo Doval pitched two good innings for the save.
Cool, gusty winds whipped the flags in middle subject and even brought about Scherzer to stumble delivering an early pitch on an evening with climate extra akin to Oracle Park in San Francisco.
Napkins, peanut baggage and plastic baggage blew on the warning monitor and thru the stands. A dusty haze obliterated the standard picturesque view of the San Gabriel Mountains and stored a pregame flyover from being seen besides on the videoboard. A fan’s white cap got here flying out of the stands and landed on the sector within the second inning.
The fierce wind blew steadily from left to proper subject all through the sport, ruffling the pants of the pitchers on the mound.
Scherzer tweaked his mechanics in his final bullpen session earlier than Recreation 3. It labored. He pitched with a rhythm lacking from his final three begins, when he struggled along with his command, together with within the NL wild-card recreation towards St. Louis.
He retired 10 batters between Posey’s single within the first and Bryant’s two-out single within the fourth. Bryant made his first begin of the season at first for the Giants.
Scherzer gave up one run and three hits in seven innings in taking the loss. The three-time Cy Younger Award winner struck out 10 — his fifth profession double-digit postseason strikeout whole — and walked one on 110 pitches.
The strain was palpable into the later innings.
Pinch-hitter Steven Souza Jr. and Will Smith had one-out singles within the seventh, the Dodgers’ first back-to-back hits of the sport, off submariner Rogers. Pinch-hitter Austin Barnes struck out swinging.
With the sellout crowd of 53,299 on its toes chanting, “Let’s go, Dodgers!”, Betts hit a screaming liner into the glove of leaping shortstop Brandon Crawford to finish the risk.
The Dodgers had three hits — all singles — via six innings.
Their first hit got here off the bat of 41-year-old Albert Pujols, whose bloop single to proper led off the third in his seventy fifth profession postseason recreation. Together with Pujols, the Dodgers began 37-year-old Scherzer and 36-year-old Justin Turner at third.
It was Pujols’ first begin and hit within the playoffs for the reason that 2014 ALDS with the Los Angeles Angels. The three-time NL MVP hit .294 towards left-handed pitching through the common season.
Pujols singled once more main off the fifth earlier than being changed by pinch-runner Billy McKinney. It was his first multi-hit postseason recreation since his three-homer efficiency in Recreation 3 of the 2011 World Sequence for St. Louis.
Giants left fielder LaMonte Wade Jr.’s mom missed the primary three video games of the NLDS as a result of she’s in a contest of her personal — a desk tennis event.
“Reveals the place her priorities are, however, no, she’s having enjoyable with it. I get movies from my dad,” Wade mentioned. “They may positively be watching.”
Neither supervisor had introduced a starter for Recreation 4 on Tuesday.