Dodgers @ Giants September 30, 2016: Three more games with Vin Scully

Dodgers
Giants
7:15 PM PST
San Francisco
LF
Kendrick
CF
Hernández
3B
Turner
1B
Belt
SS
Seager
C
Posey
RF
Puig
RF
Pence
C
Ruiz
LF
Pagán
1B
Segedin
SS
Crawford
CF
Hernández 2B  Tomlinson
2B
Culberson
3B
Beckham
P
Hill (L)
P
Bumgarner (L)

Just about the only way we got through last week’s emotional tributes to Vin Scully was by reminding ourselves, “Thank God he still has three more broadcasts.”

Well, those final three broadcasts are here. Enjoy them, folks.

The Dodgers enter this series with two primary goals in mind: to get their top three starting pitchers one final tuneup before the postseason, and to make sure everyone stays healthy.

The Dodgers might also have the chance to play spoiler for the Giants, who are currently a game ahead of the Cardinals for the second wild card slot. While that would be satisfying for Dodger fans — we all remember Game 161 in 2012, save for those of us lucky enough to have blocked it out — it shouldn’t be the priority. It could even be a moot point, depending on what the Cardinals do. (But man, would it be satisfying if the Dodgers pulled that off.)

Rich Hill is making his sixth and final regular-season start for the Dodgers. He last pitched ten days ago, holding the Giants to one run in five innings in a game that the Dodgers eventually lost. When I mentioned these games being about getting tuned up and staying healthy, I really meant that no more so for anyone than for Hill. A healthy, blister-less Hill is crucial for the Dodgers in the postseason. If he can get through tonight’s likely “somewhat abbreviated” start alright, that’ll be a victory in and of itself.

This is the first time the Dodgers will face Madison Bumgarner since the “don’t look at me” incident (and no pre-game warnings were issued to either club today). Prior to Yasiel Puig having the audacity to turn his face in Bumgarner’s direction, the Giants southpaw put up a strong start, delivering seven innings of one-hit ball while striking out 10. The Dodgers proceeded to score two runs in the ninth inning off of the Giants’ bullpen to win the game.

If the Dodgers win tonight, they’ll have a record of 5-0 in games started by Bumgarner this season. Considering how much this team has struggled against lefties, that’d be no small feat.

The most important thing, though, is that Vin Scully is on the call. Treasure it. And don’t forget:

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LDayton3-OFF16-12OFF
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About Sarah Wexler

Sarah Wexler
Sarah Wexler is a native Angeleno and longtime Dodger fan. She began blogging about baseball in 2012 on her Tumblr, New Grass On The Field, where she covered an array of topics but especially enjoyed exploring baseball history. She is now a reporter/producer for MLB.com. She earned her master's degree in Sports Management from Cal State Long Beach. She graduated from New York University in 2014 with a bachelor's in History and a minor in American Studies. She's an avid Springsteen fan, which is a big boost to her baseball writer cred.