The Giants and their fans win Game 1 in nagkamp. The ‘hit LA’

Giant fans cheer behind the Dodgers' bench after a fifth inning strikeout by AJ Pollock at Oracle Park on October 8, 2021.

Giants fans cheer behind the Dodgers’ bench after a fifth inning strikeout by AJ Pollock at Oracle Park. San Francisco won 4-0 in Game 1 of the NLDS. (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)

It was black and orange and cold.

The music was dark, the goat was thick, and the familiar hard lyrics were muscled into the ballyard by two former football stars.

Steve Young, who was standing near the home plate wearing a San Francisco Giants jersey and holding a microphone, started it.

Jerry Rice, who was standing next to him, picked it up.

Soon everyone in the cramped and obscured Oracle Park was waving rhythmically with orange flags and singing it.

“Beat LA… Beat LA… Beat LA”

The rest of a beating Friday night swept the words through this crowded edge of San Francisco Bay, the siren of an ancient passion, the soundtrack to a lasting story.

“Beat LA… Beat LA … Beat LA”

And they did. They Overpowered LA They Overwhelmed LA They Beat LA

Former 49ers star Jerry Rice, left, and Steve Young are on the field before Game 1 of the NLDS.

Former San Francisco 49ers stars Jerry Rice, left, and Steve Young before Game 1 of the NLDS. The two led the Oracle Park crowd in a “Beat LA” song. (Jed Jacobsohn / Associated Press)

In the first post-season meeting between the Dodgers and their legendary rival Giants since the two franchises began competing against each other 131 years ago, the Giants and their thirsty fans claimed a 4-0 victory in the opening of the best-of-five National League division series.

From the first ye to the jubilant rejoicing to the last mockery, it was clear that it was about more than just one night in October, this was about a 2,536-game nag.

And for one night anyway, the Dodgers were crushed by it.

“It was crazy here,” Dodgers’ Walker Buehler said.

Insanely loud. Insanely scary. Insane result for a team that was supposed to be immune to it all.

An offense that triggered a dramatic victory in a wild-card game against St. Louis Cardinals just two days earlier, could not summon such magic and twist into knots against a cunning baby jug named Logan Webb. In his first playoff start, he hit 10 and went nowhere, allowing only five worthless hits.

“We did not make adjustments … we hunted much more than we should have,” said Dodgers manager Dave Roberts.

Then there was their big-water jug ​​that usually shines at this moment, but this time he was occasionally swallowed by it, Buehler beaten with two soaring home runs and pulled from the mound to a sea of ​​bouncing and laughing laughter.

“Obviously, I have to try to create momentum, and I sucked it a little bit out of our excavation,” Buehler said.

Finally, as if the night was not unpleasant enough for the visitors, halfway through the game, 41,934 fans gave a curtain call to an old Dodgers nemesis who was not even in uniform. Yes, Barry Bonds is still showing up here. And yes, there he was, recognized on the giant video board, after which fans sang “Bar-ry, Bar-ry!” until he stood waving.

All in all, it was pretty awful, the fast and brutal shindig summed up best in two words that will definitely ring all night through the stunned Dodgers psyche.

“Beat LA… Beat LA… Beat LA”

First inning, two out and Giants’ Tommy La Stella standing at third base, Buster Posey deposits a 3-and-0 fastball from Buehler over the brick’s right field fence and into McCovey Cove for a two-run homer.

“Beat LA… Beat LA… Beat LA”

“The moment Buster hit home runs, you could really feel the energy on the ball field, and I think the intensity was growing … The environment was right where we wanted it tonight,” Giants manager Gabe Kapler said.

The Dodgers' Trea Turner reacts after hitting the Giants in Oracle Park on October 9, 2021.

Dodgers’ Trea Turner (6) reacts after one of his two strikeouts as Giants catcher Buster Posey (28) runs back to the excavation in the sixth inning. (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)

Fourth inning, with an out and Dodgers’ Corey Seager standing at first base, second baseman La Stella picks a Justin Turner grounder and flips it beautifully from his glove to shortstop Brandon Crawford to start a spectacular doubles game that would include the night.

“Beat LA… Beat LA… Beat LA”

“It was sick,” Webb said. I screamed and shouted. Everyone screamed and shouted. ”

Seventh inning, Kris Bryant smashes an ailing Buehler fastball into the left-center field, causing Buehler to lose his head while the orange flags flew.

“Beat LA… Beat LA… Beat LA”

“Our fans have been good all year and tonight was a different level,” Bryant said.

“It’s a huge advantage when you know they’s out there on our side.”

The last blow was hit by Crawford, in the eighth, an explosion in the right field against Alex Vesia, and now the fans were so happy that they were hoarse. They ended the night pumping their fists through their coats and sweaters in the middle of 50-degree temperatures to loudly cheer for each Giants terror and loudly boo each Dodgers step.

“Beat LA… Beat LA… Beat LA”

The Dodgers should have been better than this.

Dodgers are better than this.

They came in here with full momentum and got plenty of it from Chris Taylor’s two-run, walk-off homer on Wednesday at Dodger Stadium in their 3-1, wild-card playoff win against the Cardinals.

Still, they managed only three singles, two doubles, no hits in five bats with runners in scoring position and barely any at-bats with any conscience.

No, Taylor did not even play. But yes, Roberts gave the perfect answer when asked about this at the post-match press conference.

“Chris has to play tomorrow,” he said.

The Dodgers also came in here with an advantage on the mound, Buehler had a 2.35 earned average in 11 off-season starts and a memorable 6-2 / 3 scoreless innings in the Game 163 win over Colorado in 2018.

But he went the Giants’ first shot of the match, La Stella, and largely ground himself through 6-1 / 3 innings, allowing six hits and the two home runs.

“They had a good night, we did not, and we will move on,” Buehler said.

When the excited fans signed out of Oracle Friday night, they were serenaded with the sound of “I Left My Heart in San Francisco.”

If the Dodgers do not win Game 2 on Saturday night, they may also leave their season here.

This story originally appeared in the Los Angeles Times.

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