Hold onto your hats Dodger fam! The Dodgers destroyed the Giants on Sunday afternoon by a score of 15-0. There was absolutely no fight from the Giants at all in any way whatsoever. All of their bravado about being spoiler and knocking the Dodgers out of the playoffs thankfully died On Saturday after the Dodgers won and clinched their sixth consecutive postseason appearance. San Francisco’s only focus was on saying goodbye to Hunter Pence who’s contract expires this winter. The Dodgers decided to hold Walker Buehler back for a tiebreaker or Wild Card Game and started Rich Hill instead. The Giants threw left hander Andrew Suarez to counter in the series finale. Like I said, the game was long over before the national anthem was sung.
The Washington Nationals decided not to start Max Scherzer on Sunday at Coors Field for some unknown reason and instead started Erick Fedde in game 162. Unsurprisingly the Rockies lit him up like a Christmas tree and handily defeated the Nats 12-0. That means the two teams will indeed play a tiebreaker game on Monday at Dodger Stadium. First pitch scheduled for 1:09 PM PST.
Dodgers 15 16 0
Giants 0 2 0
The Dodgers battered Suarez and the Giants for 15 runs on 16 hits. The boys in blue scored two runs in the top of the first and seven runs in the third. The Dodgers opened the scoring in the top of the first with a Chris Taylor walk, a Justin Turner double to score Taylor (Hunter Pence misplayed the ball in right field) and a David Freese RBI single followed. The top of the third went like this….
Taylor ground out
Freese double off the wall
Manny Machado RBI single to center
Enrique Hernandez RBI single to left
Giants pitching change to Hunter Strickland
Matt Kemp two RBI double
Yasmani Grandal single
Strickland wild pitch, scoring Kemp
Brian Dozier solo home run
That’s how the third inning went for the Dodgers. When the dust settled the Dodgers were up 9-0, and the Giants were slithering off to the golf courses to ponder their dismal season. Every position player in the Dodger lineup had at least one hit, and the club was 8 for 13 with runners in scoring position. For good fun the Dodgers added a Max Muncy solo home run (his 34 of the season) into McCovey cove, and an Austin Barnes solo home run in the top of the ninth.
On the other side, Rich Hill was masterful. He allowed just two hits and no walks over seven shutout innings and barely broke a sweat. With a new grip on his excellent curveball, he struck out seven and made 75 pitches to record his eleventh win. J.T. Chargois tossed a scoreless eighth frame and Julio Urias finished the day with a 123 ninth inning.
This won’t be the only tiebreaker game going on Tomorrow either. In an unprecedented turn of events, it looks like the Cubs and Brewers will be fighting for the NL Central title at Wrigley Field on Monday as well. Two tiebreakers on the same day! This is bananas! No announcement yet on who the Dodgers or Rockies will be starting. Will it be Walker Buehler? Will it be a bullpen/matchups game? I don’t know, but I know that you all should probably just cancel anything you have going on tomorrow. Work, school, appointments, nope just call in sick. Because Dodger Stadium is going to be insane on Monday afternoon. It all comes down to one game, a game 163 to determine the NL West winner. Did anybody think this season would end like this back in April? What an incredibly whacky year.