The Giants didn’t blink, other than waiting to finalize their roster until about 90 minutes before the game as they studied the numbers and revised their script. One thing they didn’t change was handing the ball over to Logan Webb, 24, and he was almost as strong as he had been in Game 1, when he shut out the Dodgers in seven innings and two. third.
Thursday’s only flaw came in the sixth, when Mookie Betts had a one-out single and stole the second. Then Corey Seager landed a baseline overfield that brought him home.
The lead lasted almost no time at all. Early in the inning, left fielder Darin Ruf hit a fastball Urias at 94 mph, sending him over the center field fence to tie the game at 1-1. The explosion was 452 feet, the longest homerun of these playoffs.
The Dodgers’ only failure was that they only had one Betts to face Webb. When Webb left Game 5 after seven innings, it was 1-1 and Betts, the Dodgers superstar outfielder, had gone 5 for 7 against him in Games 1 and 5. The rest of the Dodgers were 3 for 46.