MLB Baseball

Final 1 2 3   4 5 6   7 8 9   R H E
LA Dodgers0 5 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 992
San Francisco0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 280
  W: W. Buehler (14-4)   L: J. Cueto (1-2)
7:15 PM PT8:15 PM MT9:15 PM CT10:15 PM ET22:15 ET2:15 GMT10:15 7:15 PM MST9:15 PM EST9:45 PM VEN6:15 UAE (+1)9:15 PM CT, September 27, 2019
Oracle Park, San Francisco, California  Attendance: 36,554

Giants' Bochy ending run vs. nemesis Dodgers

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Los Angeles Dodgers at San Francisco Giants

  1. The Dodgers enter this final series with a chance to match or exceed the franchise season record of 105 wins set in 1953. That 1953 team also holds the franchise record with a +266 run differential. This year's team owns the second-highest total at +255.
  2. The Giants will finish with a winning record on the road and a losing mark at home for the first time since moving to San Francisco in 1958. Their .449 winning percentage at Oracle Park this season is the club's lowest at home since the 1984 team went a franchise-worst 35-46 (.432).
  3. Corey Seager's 22 RBI in September are tied with Paul Goldschmidt for the most among NL players this month, and he enters the series slashing .459/.487/.784 during a season-high 10-game hitting streak. Seager drove in only 23 runs in 45 games between July and August.
  4. Evan Longoria's home run against the Rockies on Tuesday gave the Giants three players with 20 or more homers for the first time since 2006. They had been the only team not to have had three players reach that number in any of the previous four seasons.
  5. In Friday's opener, Walker Buehler will attempt to become the first Dodgers pitcher to win his first four career starts against the Giants since Don Drysdale won his first five from 1956-57. All three of Buehler's previous starts vs. San Francisco have been on the road, including a 1-0 victory on June 9 in which he threw seven scoreless innings.
  6. Madison Bumgarner is slated to start Sunday's finale in what could be the impending free agent's final start at Oracle Park in a Giants uniform. Bumgarner is 5-0 with a 2.39 ERA over his last 12 home starts. The last Giants pitcher to go unbeaten in 13 straight home starts in a single season was Hall of Famer Gaylord Perry in 1966.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 9/27/2019 thru 9/29/2019

Bruce Bochy has a chance to finish the San Francisco era of his managerial career with a winning record against the club's chief rival when the Giants host the Los Angeles Dodgers beginning Friday night in the final three games of their skipper's career.

The Dodgers (103-56) will be looking to build upon a four-game winning streak as they perform their final three dress rehearsals for next week's playoffs, in which they will be the National League's top seed.

They will open the postseason at home on Thursday against the winner of Tuesday's NL wild card game.

With the Dodgers locked into place, the Giants (77-82) will have the emotional edge in their final series, assured of a third-place finish in the NL West.

That's because the three games will serve as a grand going-away party for Bochy, who led the franchise to World Series championships in 2010, 2012 and 2014.

With the Giants having opened Bruce Bochy Appreciation Week with two wins in three games against the Colorado Rockies, Bochy will enter the final series with a 2,003-2,026 overall record. He's 220-205 against the Dodgers, including 119-119 in his 13 seasons with the Giants.

Bochy admitted Thursday it's fitting that he's scheduled to go out against a team that's most closely geographically linked to his clubs both for 12 years in San Diego and since 2007 in San Francisco.

"All the battles I've had with LA -- key games, important games, games that have gone to the wire at times," he gushed to reporters. "As I look across the field at the Dodgers, it's going to be a lot of reflecting for me."

One guy Bochy won't see on the mound in the series is Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw, who pitched a 1-0 win over San Diego on Thursday. His 23 career wins head-to-head against Bochy's teams are far and away the most among all pitchers, with Randy Johnson a distant second with 15.

Kershaw would have six days' rest should the Dodgers start him in Game 1 of the NL Division Series next week, but manager Dave Roberts insisted Thursday he's still weighing his rotation options.

"We're going to talk to Clayton," Roberts told reporters. "We're going to talk to him, talk to all three of those guys (including Walker Buehler and Hyun-Jin Ryu) and figure out what makes the most sense for them individually and more importantly for us."

Buehler (13-4, 3.25) is scheduled to make his final regular-season start in Friday's series opener against the Giants. He's never lost to San Francisco, going 2-0 this season and 3-0 in his career with a 2.79 ERA.

The Giants are expected to counter with fellow right-hander Johnny Cueto (1-1, 2.57), who has yet to go more than five innings in his three starts since returning from Tommy John surgery.

The 33-year-old has recorded a 7-8 record with a 3.21 ERA in 19 career starts against the Dodgers.

--Field Level Media

Updated September 27, 2019

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