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Logan Webb is about to do something no Giants pitcher has ever done

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Oct. 13, 2021Updated: Oct. 13, 2021 12:28 p.m.

San Francisco Giants pitcher Logan Webb reacts after striking out Los Angeles Dodgers' Trea Turner during the sixth inning of Game 1 of a baseball National League Division Series Friday, Oct. 8, 2021, in San Francisco.John Hefti/AP

At 24 years and 330 days old, Logan Webb is set to be the youngest pitcher in San Francisco Giants history to start a winner-take-all game.

Webb, who was on the mound for Game 1 of the NLDS vs. the Los Angeles Dodgers and pitched nearly eight scoreless innings, will start Game 5 of the series on Thursday night at Oracle Park after the Giants failed to close out the Dodgers in Game 4. Following the Game 4 defeat, both manager Gabe Kapler and catcher Buster Posey offered ringing endorsements of Webb.

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"We can lean on the track record of the last four months," Kapler said. "It's a long time, it's a lot of starts, and he had some starts in some huge games. It's a totally rested and prepared and confident pitcher."

Added Posey: "I think his confidence has just continued to grow. I think [his] stuff has gotten better because he believes he has elite pitches that can compete with any lineup and he's shown, in the last game of the season and the first game of the season, that he can keep his poise and I think that bodes well for Thursday."

Webb is set to face the Dodgers' 25-year-old pitcher Julio Urias, who allowed three hits and one run in Game 2.

The Giants may need Webb to play deep into the game, as the team's bullpen looks a bit depleted after Game 4. Manager Gabe Kapler did say on Tuesday that starter Kevin Gausman will be available as a reliever if needed. Alex Wood, who pitched Game 3 on Monday, may also be available.

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