Logan Webb's last two Giants starts came with immense pressure, as he took the ball in Game 162 with a division title on the line, and again toed the rubber for Game 1 of the National League Division Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Webb went a combined 14 2/3 innings, allowing just 11 hits and four earned runs while striking out 18 batters. The 24-year-old right-hander seems primed for the big moments -- something his mother, Christie, predicted when she ran into NBC Sports Bay Area Giants analyst Shawn Estes before that regular-season finale at Oracle Park.
"Of course my mom said that, but no, it's cool that she said that," Webb told Estes after the Giants' 4-0 NLDS win over the Dodgers. "I feel like growing up as a baseball player, you grow up wanting to play in these moments, and I was the same way, so happy to be able to throw these games."
Webb's dazzling performance put him in some rarefied air among postseason pitchers, especially considering it was his first playoff appearance.
Kevin Gausman will take the mound for the Giants on Saturday night in Game 2, as San Francisco hopes to ratchet up the pressure on the defending World Series champions.