Dodgers trolling Giants and Kevin Gausman after Julio Urias’ RBI single is deserved
The Los Angeles Dodgers‘ first RBI of the NLDS crossed the plate in the second inning on Saturday night.
And it came off the bat of Julio Urias, who responded to a strategic move by the San Francisco Giants.
Urias didn’t view it as such, though. It was more of an insult to him. After all, didn’t manager Gabe Kapler know the left-hander had nine RBI during the regular season? Really not bad for a pitcher!
With a runner on second, Gausman issued a free pass to AJ Pollock, who’s had a rough go in the postseason ever since arriving in LA. Even so, you can’t really fault the Giants for attempting to get out of the inning by fast forwarding to the pitcher, even if it meant putting another runner on base.
But Urias made them pay, ripping a single into right field to put the Dodgers on top 1-0.
Julio Urias put the Dodgers on the board with an RBI single.
Then the Dodgers’ official Twitter account took a shot at the Giants! Let’s get chippy! Isn’t that the whole point of the rivalry?
That intentional walk was a double whammy, too, because Mookie Betts came to the plate next and cranked another RBI single to make it 2-0. Not to rub it in, but, again, Pollock has a .162 average and .495 OPS in 25 career postseason games. Maybe take your chances instead of turning over the lineup. Because, really, it could’ve been much worse.
In fact, they kind of got lucky Corey Seager put forth a terrible at-bat to strike out and end the inning. There will be plenty of more opportunities, though. Gausman’s at 51 pitches through three frames and all it’s going to take is another inning with a lot of traffic to chase him from this game.
In the meantime, LA will enjoy the lead thanks to the Giants giving up a free baserunner and providing Urias with more motivation to help out his own cause from the batter’s box.