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Oracle Park, San Francisco, California  Attendance: 41,909

Giants hope to give Bochy good send-off against 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
(AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)

Bruce Bochy will manage his 4,032nd and final game on Sunday afternoon when he guides the San Francisco Giants into their regular-season finale against the visiting Los Angeles Dodgers.

Bochy helped the Giants (77-84) win three World Series championships and owns a 1,052-1,053 record in 2,105 regular-season games with San Francisco. The 64-year-old will look to even his mark with the Giants as they aim to prevent a series sweep by the Dodgers (105-56).

"I don't know how I'm going to feel when it's all over. I really don't," Bochy told USA Today. "I don't think it will really hit me until I'm home. But it's time to do this. I really believe that. It's been some ride."

The Dodgers, who have won six straight games following Saturday's 2-0 victory, have enjoyed quite the ride this season and can make history on Sunday when they vie for their franchise-best victory total. The current contingent is tied with the 1953 Brooklyn Dodgers, who featured Jackie Robinson and Duke Snider among other Hall of Famers.

Los Angeles can no longer catch the Houston Astros for home-field advantage should they meet in the World Series after Houston won Saturday night.

Dodgers left-hander Rich Hill (4-1, 2.59 ERA) will take the mound for the season finale after an abbreviated workload in his last outing.

Hill struck out five batters over two scoreless innings at San Diego on Tuesday before departing with an ailing left knee.

The 39-year-old, however, looked no worse for wear during Friday's bullpen session and was given the go-ahead to start the season finale by manager Dave Roberts.

"Richie was really good," Roberts said. "(Friday) was the best he's thrown the baseball, including the games. It was electric."

Hill improved to 8-2 with a 2.31 ERA and 1.10 WHIP in 16 career starts versus San Francisco after allowing two runs in five innings of a 7-2 victory on June 8.

Giants right-hander Dereck Rodriguez (6-10, 5.27 ERA) will get the nod on Sunday after falling to 1-4 in his last six outings following a three-run effort over 1 1/3 innings in an 8-5 setback against Colorado.

Rodriguez, who owns an 0-1 record in four career appearances (two starts) versus the Dodgers, surrendered two homers and five runs total in 4 2/3 frames of a 5-0 setback at Los Angeles on Sept. 8.

Veteran Madison Bumgarner initially was penciled in to toss the finale before the decision was made to start Rodriguez.

"We thought that would be the best thing for both of us," Bumgarner said Saturday.

With that said, the 2014 World Series MVP could make an appearance in a pinch-hitting role.

Los Angeles' Justin Turner won't be afforded that option as Roberts said that he'd miss his fifth consecutive game on Sunday because of a sore back.

Roberts said he is optimistic that Turner will be ready for Thursday's Game 1 of the National League Division Series.

"I'd like to see him in there (Sunday) to take a couple of at-bats, but with J.T., it's a simple swing. When he feels good, he performs," Roberts said. "Tuesday, we'll have a workout and we'll do some simulated games and let the pitchers throw to hitters, and he'd be a part of that. So, it's not imperative he plays (Sunday)."

--Field Level Media

Updated September 29, 2019

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