The last day of the MLB regular season brings all kinds of different emotions to the table, with most team’s playing their final games together while just a handful of others look ahead to postseason play. On Sunday, the Los Angeles Dodgers played their last regular season game with a carefree mentality.
That’s because Juan Uribe was managing the 2014 NL West Champions for the day, leading them to 10-5 win over Colorado Rockies.
Matt Kemp gave the Dodgers an early 2-0 lead in the first inning, adding number 25 to his home run total in 2014. The Rockies were ending their season on the other end of the spectrum with no postseason play ahead of them. They picked up one run in the second inning off Zack Greinke when Justin Rutledge singled home a run.
Greinke made his final start of the year for the Dodgers, allowing one run on four hits with one walk and six strikeouts, in five innings of work.
In the third inning, Adrian Gonzalez stretched the Dodgers lead to 5-1 with a three-run homer. He finished as the MLB RBI-champion with 116 on the season. Los Angeles took a commanding 9-1 lead three innings later. Darwin Barney’s RBI-single knocked in one run in the sixth inning but it was Roger Bernadina’s three-run home run that made the difference. He added another RBI in the seventh inning with a single.
Colorado showed fight in the seventh inning, scoring three runs on Rafael Ynoa’s bases clearing double to make it a 9-4 game. The Rockies scored one more in the eighth inning when Wilin Rosario homered off reliever Daniel Coulombe. But the Dodgers 10 runs would be too much to overcome.
The 10-5 win was the Dodgers 94th of the season, and first with Uribe at the helm. But its back to business for Los Angeles as a new season begins next Friday, when the St. Louis Cardinals come to town for the National League division series.
W: Zack Greinke (17-8, 2.71)
L: Christian Bergman (3-5, 5.93)