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Los Angeles Dodgers vs. San Francisco Giants Pick & Prediction OCT 14TH 2021

Complete TV: TBS AT&T Park San Francisco
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Two pitchers who were difficult to beat in the second half of the regular season -- and have continued to be one game into the postseason -- will command the spotlight with the season on the line Thursday night when the Los Angeles Dodgers visit the San Francisco Giants in the decisive Game 5 of the National League Division Series.

The teams have alternated wins and losses in the best-of-five series, with the Giants' Logan Webb (1-0) getting San Francisco off to a strong start with 7 2/3 shutout innings in Game 1. Then, the Dodgers' Julio Urias (1-0) countered with five innings of one-run, three-hit ball in a bounce-back win in Game 2.

The two pitchers will oppose each other Thursday night.

After Game 2, the clubs repeated a similar split in Los Angeles. Now the NL West rivals are a win away from an NL Championship Series date against the Atlanta Braves -- and a loss from having nothing but a week's worth of playoff experience to show for one of the greatest two-team duels in baseball history.

While the Giants have captured the close games -- winning 4-0 and 1-0 -- and the Dodgers dominating the blowouts -- 9-2 and 7-2 -- each club was left Wednesday on their off day wondering how to handle the other's red-hot pitcher in a win-or-pack-the-gear showdown.

"This is what baseball wants," Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said after his team's stay-alive win in Game 4. "We're going to be the only show in town. So if you have a pulse or you're a sports fan, you better be watching Dodgers-Giants. It's going to be a great one."

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While Roberts left Dodger Stadium on Tuesday night confident his guys had solved the Giants' pitching, rival manager Gabe Kapler assured reporters that he and his staff still had homework to do in preparation for a final exam against Urias.

"That's going to take some planning and conversation. I'm happy to discuss that with the guys," Kapler said. "We're going to take a look at the last game against Urias and make adjustments accordingly."

The Giants had their chances against the 20-win left-hander in their last matchup Saturday.

Austin Slater hit a ground-rule double in the first inning; the Giants put two on with no outs in the second, scoring once on a Donovan Solano sacrifice fly; then Buster Posey provided a leadoff double in the fourth.

But besides that sac fly, the Giants went 0-for-5 with runners in scoring position in Urias' five innings. He won for the 12th straight time since June 21, an 18-game stretch in which the Dodgers have gone 16-2.

The Dodgers got just three baserunners into scoring position in Webb's 7 2/3 innings in Friday's opener, one the result of a first-inning error.

By the time Corey Seager and Will Smith had doubled in the sixth and seventh innings, the Giants had built a 2-0 lead and Webb was on the way to his 11th straight win dating to May 11.

San Francisco has gone 19-2 in those games.

Neither team will have its standout first baseman available again, with San Francisco's Brandon Belt (broken thumb) and Los Angeles' Max Muncy (dislocated elbow) relegated to cheerleading.

But the status of the rest of the rosters isn't as equal, as Giants second baseman Tommy La Stella is battling a sore Achilles and Kapler has been prompted into making 10 pitching changes in the past two games, resulting in a taxed bunch.

The Dodgers are coming off a game in which six different players got two hits, while Roberts has had to go to the bullpen just seven times in the past two games.

--Field Level Media

Los Angeles Dodgers vs. San Francisco Giants Recap JUL 29TH 2021

Veterans Johnny Cueto and Brandon Crawford came through with turn-back-the-clock efforts on the big stage Thursday afternoon, lifting the host San Francisco Giants to a 5-0 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers and a 2-1 series win in a matchup of National League West pace-setters.

Cueto outdueled fellow 35-year-old David Price with 5 2/3 innings of shutout ball and the 34-year-old Crawford lashed a two-run double in his first plate appearance off the injured list, helping the Giants push three games ahead of the defending World Series champion Dodgers atop the division.

The clubs, who have split the season series 8-8 thus far, will meet one more time in a three-game set in San Francisco in September.

Cueto (7-5), who had been winless in four July starts, limited the Dodgers to four hits, walked two and struck out five.

In evening his career record against Los Angeles at 9-9, he was pulled with two outs and the bases loaded in the sixth, with the Giants leading 4-0.

Left-hander Jarlin Garcia preserved the lead by striking out Cody Bellinger, who had homered one day earlier, representing the potential tying run.

Dominic Leone, Tyler Rogers and Jake McGee faced just nine batters, striking out five of them, in retiring the Dodgers in order over the final three innings to complete the Giants' 12th shutout of the season.

Crawford, who had missed nine straight games with a strained left oblique, came up with the bases loaded in the first inning after Price (4-1) had walked three of the first five men he faced.

In the lefty-on-lefty matchup, Crawford took a strike before sending his double to left field, scoring Wilmer Flores and Mike Yastrzemski for the first two runs of the game.

The Giants increased their advantage one run at a time on an RBI double by Flores in the second, an RBI single by Austin Slater in the fourth and an RBI double by LaMonte Wade Jr. in the seventh.

Price was pulled after 4 1/3 innings, charged with four runs (three earned) on four hits. He walked three and struck out two.

Slater and Flores had two hits apiece for the Giants, who took two of three in the showdown series despite getting outscored 9-7.

A.J. Pollock had two of the Dodgers' four hits, all of which were singles.

--Field Level Media

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