Walker Buehler starts Game 4 on short rest for the Dodgers as they face elimination against the Giants

Walker Buehler was due to start Tuesday night on a three-day rest for the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 4 of their NL Division Series against the San Francisco Giants.

Buehler was against right-hand man Anthony DeSclafani, gets his first appearance this post-season. DeSclafani had a 3.17 ERA in 31 starts on the best season of his seven-year career.

“He’s done a really good job and he’s prepared for this, he wants it,” Giants manager Gabe Kapler said after Game 3. “He’s ready and he’s the right choice for us.

DeSclafani battled the Dodgers in the regular season with a 7.33 ERA in six starts.

The Giants lead the best of five series, 2-1, and can eliminate the defending World Series champions with a win at Dodger Stadium. Game 5 would be Thursday in San Francisco if needed.

Buehler struck in the sixth inning Friday, throws 99 lanes in a 4-0 loss to the Giants in Game 1. The right-hander allowed three runs and six hits. The double All-Star knocked out five and went one on the road when he lost his first season game since 2017.

He went to manager Dave Roberts after the Dodgers won 9-2 in Game 2 and volunteered to put on short rest for the first time in his career.

“We were late in deciding because we wanted to make sure he woke up today and was well,” Roberts said. “How long he can go, it will be dictated on how he throws baseball and how he feels. He just has a way of controlling his heartbeat and making pitches. ”

Buehler sought out teammates Clayton Kershaw and Max Scherzer, who have experience pitching at short rest, Roberts said. Buehler has provided emergency assistance for three days of rest before.

Buehler recorded career highs in innings pitched (207 2/3), winner (16), starter (33) and made up his second straight 200-plus strikeout season.

“He’s one of the best quarterbacks I’ve ever seen,” said right-handed Blake Treinen. “This is his moment to shine. He did it last year for us when our backs were against the wall. He was our stopper. ”

In his career, Buehler is 7-1 with a 2.55 ERA in 13 games in the regular season against the Giants, including 11 starts. He had one of the worst starters of his season in his outing against the Giants on Sept. 5 at Oracle Park, giving up six runs in three innings of a 6-4 loss — the first in his career to San Francisco.

“He’s been rough before, just like all pitchers have,” Roberts said. “Therefore, aces are aces. They do not run from fights. ”


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