Before the final series started, I noted that the Dodgers had a chance to win the most games in franchise history.
I didn’t think they would try to win enough to do it, but it didn’t seem to matter much, as they won the final seven games of the season, including the last game of the season over the Giants by a 9-0 score.
The Dodgers jumped all over the Giants in the 1st, putting up a five-run inning from the get go.
With one down, Max Muncy walked and both A.J. Pollock and Cody Bellinger followed with singles to load the bases. Corey Seager then stepped up and unloaded them with a double down the line in right to make it 3-0. Will Smith followed by drilling a low liner that made it over the wall in left-center for his 15th dong and a 5-0 lead.
Rich Hill had his last chance to prove he was healthy in a start today and he seemed to do exactly that. The command wasn’t great but he made it through three innings without incident, walking two and allowing a hit but striking out four. He also threw a simulated inning in the pen after.
Dustin May took over and continued to stake claim to a playoff pen spot, going 1-2-3 with a strikeout.
In a surprising move, Clayton Kershaw came in out of the pen on two days rest. He pitched on Thursday in a start but the Dodgers likely want to use him this way in the playoffs, so they’re presumably doing just that now. Kershaw also got a 1-2-3 frame with a strikeout, but it was not without a #Moment as Bruce Bochy sent up Madison Bumgarner in likely his last appearance as a Giant.
Madbum pinch hitting and getting a standing ovation.— Rob Friedman (@PitchingNinja) September 29, 2019
Then getting brushed back by Kershaw on his 2nd pitch. 😂 pic.twitter.com/yxZcDQQdVq
He challenged him.
Dylan Floro took over for Kolarek in the 7th, cruising through a 1-2-3 inning with a strikeout himself, keeping an outside chance at a playoff spot possible.
The bats then busted out a crooked number again in the 8th. A Joc Pederson single was followed by a Chris Taylor and Muncy walk to load the bases. After back-to-back strikeouts, Austin Barnes came up with a single to score two and Smith reached on an infield single to plate another and make it 9-0.
Julio Urias took over in the 8th, allowed a walk and a single, but got out of it with an infield pop and a double play. Ross Stripling then entered to put the finishing touches on the regular season with a scoreless 9th.
This franchise has been around since 1884 and no fan of the team has ever seen them with more wins.
Furthermore, they have the sixth-best winning percentage in franchise history and the best since 1953.
Playoff time, folks.