NLDS: Dodgers Beat Giants in Game 4, Setting Up Decisive Game 5

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The New York Times 13 October, 2021 - 06:24am 4 views

Who pitched Game 4 for the Dodgers?

Walker Buehler will be the Los Angeles Dodgers' starting pitcher Tuesday night in a must-win Game 4 of the National League Division Series against San Francisco. NBC Southern CaliforniaWalker Buehler to Start Game 4 for Dodgers

Who won the NLDS game last night?

Mookie Betts hits a two-run home run for the Dodgers in the fourth inning against the San Francisco Giants in Game 4 of the NLDS at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday. Los Angeles TimesDodgers defeat Giants 7-2 in NLDS Game 4 to force Game 5

What channel is the Giants and Dodgers game on tonight?

What TV channel is Dodgers vs. Giants on? The game will air on TBS. USA TODAYDodgers vs. Giants NLDS Game 4: Time, TV channel, how to watch, live stream, starting pitchers for Tuesday

What channel is the NLDS on?

You can live stream NLDS Game 4 on TBS.com and the TBS App. usatoday.comBraves vs. Brewers NLDS Game 4: Time, how to watch, TV channel, live stream, starting pitchers for Tuesday

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Commentary: Dodgers' Albert Pujols excels in shortened, maybe final, playoff return

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He was not injured. His team had voluntarily silenced one of the most lethal bats in baseball history.

Twenty years and one day had passed since Albert Pujols hit his first postseason home run, off Hall of Famer Randy Johnson.

The Hall will call for Pujols too, and we will remember his glory days, his three most valuable player awards, how he accepted the “best player in baseball” torch from Barry Bonds and graciously passed it along to Mike Trout.

We will long have forgotten what might be the last image of postseason Pujols: leaving the game for a pinch-runner, with the game very much in doubt. Running for Pujols: Billy McKinney, a journeyman with three career steals.

You don’t tug on Superman’s cape.

That the Dodgers got this far with Pujols is a victory for him, and for them. The Angels never had won a postseason game with him on their roster. In the last year of his decade under contract, the Angels finally had a better, younger first baseman. The Angels did not believe Pujols could be content as less than a full-time player.

When the Angels cut him in May, the Dodgers had an opening for a role player, a platoon and bench bat against left-handed pitching. Pujols got no assurances beyond that from Andrew Friedman, the Dodgers’ president of baseball operations, and Dave Roberts, the Dodgers’ manager.

“Whether he is on the playoff roster with us or he doesn’t finish the season with us, there’s a lot of different ways it could have played out,” Roberts said before the Dodgers’ 1-0 loss to the San Francisco Giants in Game3 of the National League Division Series on Monday night.

Pujols did his job, hitting left-handers. He also emerged as a mentor and nightly hug dispenser.

Frankly, Roberts said, he was surprised the summer of Pujols went so well.

“I am,” Roberts said. “I’m not surprised how the dealings [went] and … him accepting the role, but, man, he’s been so impactful in the clubhouse as far as on the field as well.”

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If Max Muncy had not been injured, first base would have been his Monday. If Cody Bellinger had not been one of the least productive hitters in the major leagues this season, first base could have been his.

Instead, there was Pujols, at 41, batting seventh.

In the 77 postseason games he had started before this one, he had batted third or fourth every time.

“This is what you always play for, to have a chance to play deep in October,” Pujols told SportsNet LA before the game. “Having an opportunity again is awesome.”

It could be his last opportunity.

The rest of the Giants’ starting pitchers are right-handed. The Dodgers are one loss from winter. Pujols has not said whether he hopes to play next season, and the list of clubs with a role for a platoon hitter who plays only one position might not be long. Perhaps the NL will help by adopting the designated hitter.

On Monday, Pujols did not wish to look so far ahead.

“I’m blessed to have an opportunity to wear this uniform,” he said. “I’m getting another opportunity to play in the postseason.

“Right now, I’m just going to enjoy this moment tonight and try to help this ballclub win. When it comes to tomorrow, I’ll just try to do the same thing. I don’t like to plan ahead of myself. I don’t like to think ahead. I just like to live day by day.

“It’s a blessing to have an opportunity to play in the big leagues, and in the playoffs. Being one of the eight teams [remaining] in the playoffs, out of 30 ballclubs in the league, it’s pretty awesome. That’s what you play for.”

Pujols collected two hits, both singles, his first multihit postseason game in 10 years, the first multhit game by any player so old since Julio Franco in 2003.

He departed after the second hit, and the move was absolutely correct. The Dodgers trailed by one run, McKinney would have been able to score from first on an extra-base hit, and the Giants were on the verge of removing their left-handed starter.

Father Time is undefeated. He has not quite beaten Pujols, but Father Time was in the Dodgers’ dugout in spirit Monday, as Pujols draped his hands over a rail, talking with Julio Urías. It was the fifth inning, and the game was on the line. The game would go on without Pujols.

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