MLB Baseball

Final 1 2 3   4 5 6   7 8 9   R H E
LA Dodgers0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 270
San Francisco0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 070
  W: H. Ryu (14-5)   L: L. Webb (2-3)   S: K. Jansen (33)
1:05 PM PT2:05 PM MT3:05 PM CT4:05 PM ET16:05 ET20:05 GMT4:05 1:05 PM MST3:05 PM EST3:35 PM VEN0:05 UAE (+1)3:05 PM CT, September 28, 2019
Oracle Park, San Francisco, California  Attendance: 37,518

Dodgers need win over Giants to tie team mark

According to STATS
According to STATS

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

The Los Angeles Dodgers have a chance to tie their franchise record for wins in a season when they go for two in a row against the host San Francisco on Saturday afternoon.

With the spotlight on outgoing Giants manager Bruce Bochy in the opener of the last series before his announced retirement, the Dodgers (104-56) used three home runs, including one by Cody Bellinger, to overpower their National League West rivals 9-2 on Friday night.

The 104th win allowed the Dodgers to tie the second-most in their storied history with the 1942 and 2017 teams.

In between, the Dodgers, then based in Brooklyn, won 105 games in 1953, a total the club has a chance to surpass by weekend's end.

More important than Friday's win was left-hander Rich Hill's pain-free pregame bullpen session, which drew rave reviews from Dodgers manager Dave Roberts.

"Richie was really good," the skipper said. "Today was the best he's thrown the baseball, including the games. It was electric today."

Roberts has not announced a playoff rotation, but is expected to go with some arrangement of Clayton Kershaw, Walker Buehler and Hyun-Jin Ryu in the first three games.

Hill is slated to start Sunday's regular-season finale at San Francisco. If all goes well, he would be a candidate for Game 4 of the NL Division Series, should one be necessary.

Ryu (13-5, 2.41 ERA) will make his final regular-season start Saturday, with a chance to wrap up the league's ERA crown.

He begins the day with a slim lead over the New York Mets' Jacob deGrom (2.43), who is not scheduled to make another start.

If Ryu were able to retain or build upon his lead over deGrom, it's possible the Mets could use their ace in relief on Sunday, as he will have had three days' rest since his Wednesday start.

Ryu has gone 1-0 in two starts against the Giants this season and 6-6 with a 2.79 ERA against them in 17 career starts.

Bellinger also has a personal incentive as he attempts to build upon his Most Valuable Player credentials. He went 2-for-3 with a home run with an intentional walk on Friday.

The homer was his 47th, which ranks third in the NL behind Pete Alonso (52) and Eugenio Suarez (49).

With his record in 13 seasons at the helm of the Giants having fallen to 1,052-1,052 as a result of Friday's loss, Bochy enters the weekend needing a sweep to finish with a winning San Francisco ledger.

The Giants (77-83) took a few minutes between Bochy tributes to announce before Friday's game that Kevin Pillar had been selected as the winner of the club's prestigious Willie Mac Award denoting the team's most inspirational player.

"I didn't know Kevin before he got here," Bochy said after the announcement. "I heard a lot of things about him, and it was all that was advertised. How he plays the game, how dependable, how durable he is. I mean, I just took for granted he was fine every day and put his name in the lineup."

The Giants are expected to send rookie right-hander Logan Webb (2-2, 5.61 ERA) in search of Bochy's 2,004th career win Saturday. The 22-year-old has never faced the Dodgers.

--Field Level Media

Updated September 28, 2019

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