LOS ANGELES — The last time a Budweiser product was featured so prominently at the Giants’ clubhouse, Madison Bumgarner was splashing a six-pack in her face after her 2014 NLCS win.
Bumgarner’s signature celebrations were further subdued when he led a Game 7 victory over the Kansas City Royals to secure his third career World Series ring, but sipping a beer was still a way to celebrate a special victory. is.
Just ask Tyler Rogers.
After a 4-2 win over the Dodgers on Wednesday night in Los Angeles, Rogers entered the Giants’ “Zoom Room” and confirmed to reporters that he planned to enjoy an adult drink.
“Of course I’m going to have a celebratory Bud Light,” said Rogers, laughing.
Only 24 hours earlier, Rogers was dousing his frustration with the same beer.
“I’m going to get a Bud Light and turn it off and be ready tomorrow,” Rogers said Tuesday.
Oh was he ready?
A night after Rogers walked the first two hitters he faced on nine pitches and served a gut-wrenching walk-off home run for Dodgers pinch-hitter Will Smith, the Giants’ most trusted reliever was back on Clydesdale.
This time, it was the Giants’ turn to order a shot of heartbreak.
With the Dodgers leading 2-1 in the ninth inning, Buster Posey came off the bench and drilled Kenley Jensen Sinker into right field for a base hit. The next batsman, Wilmer Flores, launched a 406-foot cutter into the left-field bleachers to silence the sold-out stadium of more than 50,000 fans and put the Giants on top.
After four at-bats, Jensen walked off the mound, smelling a booze. Down in the Giants’ bullpen, Rogers’ heart was pounding.
“I guess I like to be quiet,” Rogers said. “But I feel like I was like a duck on the water where you look cool, but feet are going crazy under you. Maybe that’s what was going on. It took so long, but I knew all good things were going on.” have been.”
Rogers scored another run against Dodgers lefty Victor Gonzalez on Kurt Casali’s base loaded walk before hiking from the bullpen to the mound.
The first batsman he faced was Smith, whom he last saw dropping to third on Tuesday night. Rogers needed just two pitches to retire the Dodgers catcher.
“It was definitely like a deep breath, or a sigh of relief to get to the first one,” Rogers said. “It’s almost like your first out on your debut where you settle down,” sigh, “so it was very comparable to that.”
Rogers made quick work of the Dodgers on Wednesday as he retired Cody Bellinger with a groundout on the fourth pitch of an at-bat before AJ Pollock, another member of the five-player club that played Rogers in his major league career. was thrown out. A ball in front of the plate that turned into a regular 2-3 putout.
Starter Logan Webb said, “He’s been pretty incredible the last two and a half years and I know he was pretty disappointed yesterday.” “He did exactly what he said he was going to do, went and took a Bud Light and washed it off.”
He got stuck in a ballpark with Giants manager Gabe Kapler Rogers, where he faced heavy fighting, against a team that has his numbers and the team’s fan base, a day after the worst performance of his major league career. May have come as a surprise.
For Kapler and his coaching staff, Rogers was the obvious choice.
“Look, he’s been our guy in the greatest of circumstances,” Kapler said. “It’s actually more common than anything. (Pitching coach Andrew Bailey) was convinced that it was definitely the right move for the club to do it tonight and look, Rogers all credit are entitled to.
The save marked the 11th season of the season for Rogers, leading all Giants relievers with 45 appearances. Despite giving away three runs he earned on Tuesday, his ERA fell to 2.00 after Wednesday’s 1-2-3 innings.
As Kapler said after Tuesday’s debacle, even the best relievers in the big companies get hiccups. On Wednesday, Rogers’ ninth inning, and later Bud Light, got a little easier.
“It’s great to see everyone in the clubhouse happy for me,” Rogers said. “And I am happy for all of them.”
In a few months, maybe a Giants team that became the first MLB club to hit 60 wins on Wednesday will get to see what Rodgers looks like with the six drinks he’s been showering in his face. .