Dodgers win thriller in extras in San Francisco

Neville E. Guard-USA TODAY Sports
Will Smith comes up clutch in the 10th to lead Dodgers to clutch victory over the rival San Francisco Giants on Monday night.

Starter Yoshinobu Yamamoto had a rough outing Monday night, but the Dodgers rallied for a 6-4 victory in 10 innings over the Giants at San Francisco’s Oracle Park.

The Dodgers (28-15) had 11 hits as four players had multi-hit games, led by Will Smith’s clutch two-run double in the 10th to win the game. The Giants did their damage early on Luis Matos’ three-run homer off Yamamoto in the second inning that gave the Giants a 3-1 lead. 

The Dodgers bullpen continued its phenomenal run, pitching 4⅓ innings of shutout baseball. That held the Giants at bay after Yamamoto gave up four runs in 5⅔ innings pitched.

Reliever J.P. Feyereisen earned his first save of the season with a game-ending double play.

Here are three takeaways:

Dodgers break through in extras

The Dodgers have had mixed results in extra innings in recent years. Although they had a 9-6 record in extra innings in 2023, in 2022 they were 6-9 and 1-11 in 2021. 

This season they are 2-3 after Monday’s victory, their second consecutive extra-inning win. They have lost to the Diamondbacks, Cardinals and Padres in extras.

Smith comes up clutch

Smith had been in a slump before his go-ahead two-run double in the 10th inning. He was 0 for 21 going into that at-bat.

Smith is hitting .442 against left-handed pitchers this season and, going back to last year’s NLDS when he hit .417, has been one of the Dodgers best hitters.

Bullpen locks down win

The bullpen ranks third in National League ERA at 3.18. The second half of 2023 sparked a turnaround which carried into the playoffs, when the Dodgers allowed two runs in the three games of the NLCS from the seventh-ninth innings.

Even with the loss of Evan Phillips to a hamstring injury, the addition of Blake Treinen has plugged a hole along with the re-emergence of Alex Vesia and Daniel Hudson. 

The second game of the series is set for 6:45 p.m. Tuesday, when Dodgers right-hander Gavin Stone (3-1, 3.55 ERa) will face Giants rookie right-hander Keaton Winn (3-5, 5.63).