Logan Webb made a splashy postseason debut Friday night, striking out 10 in 7 2/3 innings and leading the host San Francisco Giants to a 4-0 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 1 of the National League Division Series.
Buster Posey hit a two-run home run while Kris Bryant and Brandon Crawford added solo shots for the Giants, whose 107-win regular season earned them the home-field advantage in the best-of-five series against the 106-win Dodgers.
Webb (1-0), who went unbeaten in his last 20 regular-season starts, limited the Dodgers to five hits in his longest outing of the season. He did not walk a batter.
Using a variety of off-speed pitches to keep the Dodgers off-balance, Webb faced just three baserunners in scoring position, two coming after doubles by Corey Seager in the sixth and Will Smith in the seventh. However, the Dodgers went 0-for-5 with runners in scoring position against the 24-year-old right-hander.
Webb worked with a lead almost all the way after Posey blasted a 3-0 pitch from Walker Buehler (0-1) into the San Francisco Bay beyond the right field fence with two outs in the first inning. The blow also scored Tommy La Stella, who had led off the inning with a walk.
Buehler kept the Dodgers within striking distance by limiting the Giants to just four more hits until Bryant led off the seventh with his seventh career postseason home run.
Buehler (0-1) was pulled one batter later, charged with three runs on six hits in 6 1/3 innings. He walked one and struck out five.
Crawford’s homer came with two outs in the eighth off the Dodgers’ third pitcher, Alex Vesia, to complete the scoring.
Tyler Rogers got the final out of the eighth inning and Camilo Doval worked a 1-2-3 ninth to complete the Giants’ shutout.
Bryant finished 3-for-3 and La Stella 2-for-2 with a walk for the Giants, who out-hit the Dodgers 7-5.
Smith and Mookie Betts collected two hits apiece for the Dodgers, who had advanced into the NLDS with a 3-1 win over the St. Louis Cardinals in the NL wild-card game on Wednesday.
–Field Level Media