The Los Angeles Dodgers were able to keep Tony Abreu from causing any damage in Thursday night’s game. Unfortunately Angel Pagan picked up the slack for the San Francisco Giants hitting a solo shot off Paco Rodriguez in the bottom of the eighth proving to be the winning run in a 3-2 Giants win.
The loss means unless there is a miracle of the Chicago Cubs sweeping the St. Louis Cardinals this weekend, the Dodgers have zero shot at home field advantage of any kind in the postseason unless they play a wildcard team in the NLCS. Even with a Cubs sweep the Dodgers would need to also sweep the Colorado Rockies who will be playing for their teammate Todd Helton‘s last series of his career. Playoffs start this next Thursday on the road against either the Cardinals or the Atlanta Braves.
The Dodgers had an early lead in the ballgame that was started by Carl Crawford in the first inning with a triple. Crawford came across on a sac fly off the bat of Adrian Gonzalez for the 99th RBI for Gonzalez this season. One more RBI and Gonzalez will have his sixth 100 RBI season of his career. The lead was increased to 2-0 in the top of the fourth with back-to-back doubles by Juan Uribe and Mark Ellis.
Dodger starter Edinson Volquez ran into some trouble in the fifth inning allowing two hits and a walk. The Giants were able to plate a run with a Pagan groundout thanks to a wild pitch and a sac bunt that allowed Nick Noonan to get to third after leading the inning off with a single. Two batters later Brandon Belt, Mr. “You can’t buy chemistry” himself, knocked in a run with a double.
The score stayed the same until the bottom of the eighth when Pagan would get the better of Rodriguez. Though the Dodgers and Rodriguez say there is nothing wrong with him there was definitely enough concern over getting burned out that Rodriguez didn’t pitch for a week until last night. There is no concern that Rodriguez is in danger of losing a postseason roster spot but there is concern about what the outcome will be once he is there.
The Dodgers lost for only the 19th time (71-19) this season when allowing three runs or less but they are just 17-14 when tied after seven innings. If the Dodgers don’t take two of three this weekend from the Rockies they will become the first team in NL West history to win the division while posting a record below .500 in division play.
Clayton Kershaw will make his final regular season start Friday followed by Zack Greinke on Saturday.
WP: Santiago Casilla (7-2)
LP: Paco Rodriguez (3-4)
S: Sergio Romo (38)