Instead, the San Francisco (57-90) made disastrous mistakes all but securing their 5-3 loss to help the Dodgers (93-52) snap an 11-game losing streak and clinch a postseason berth. The Dodger losing streak had been the longest since the team relocated to Los Angeles from Brooklyn, New York, in 1958.
How about a party anyway, with three cheers for a playoff team?
Remember when Sports Illustrated had the Dodgers on the cover, with the headline screaming "Best". The Dodgers could lose 10 more in a row and still be baseball's best team, definitely winning their division at least.
CLEVELAND (AP) - The Cleveland Indians share a record with a team celebrated by Hollywood. It was visible that he did not have his best stuff, but he managed to record 8 strikeouts on the night, and the defense did not do him any favors, causing him to throw extra pitches. The #Los Angeles Dodgers visit the #San Francisco Giants as part of their ongoing series. OF Andre Ethier, who returned Sept. 1 after sitting out all season with a herniated disk in his back, is scheduled to start Friday against the Nationals. "Every time the losses keep mounting and mounting it gets even harder to win a game". The Giants are a +190 underdog and the over-under is 7.5. That's more important than narrowing the gap and overtaking LA, especially when one considers the National League playoff picture.
Tuesday's win and the clinched postseason spot is something of a reprieve for the struggling Dodgers. Some fans fell asleep on the left field line while others continued to cheer and shout for the boys in Orange and Black.
Seeking some redemption of his own, Kershaw immediately doubled on a ball that seemed to be misplayed by Giants left fielder Austin Slater. But, for some reason, you get a more comfortable feeling with the 35-year-old at the plate in a big moment than the free-swinging Pederson or the inconsistent Granderson. Quintana got another bunt down in the sixth, sending Javier Baez to third ahead of Ben Zobrist's RBI single.
In the seventh, the Giants would reduce the lead to one on a ground out score.
Round II: As mentioned above, April 23 will be Harper's first game at AT&T Park since the fight with Hunter Strickland. He allowed eight hits and two runs. The Dodgers have their first win since September 1.
Kershaw (17-3) tossed six innings and tied Milwaukee's Zach Davies for the major league lead in wins. The Rangers dropped three games behind Minnesota for the American League's second wild card, while the Mariners remained 3 1/2 back after the Twins also won. But if you can't even beat the Giants, how will you have a prayer against the Nationals or the Cubs? Tim Federowicz pinch hit in attempt to extend the rally, but ended up striking out to end the inning. Span singled to start the bottom of the ninth and Panik and Pence reached on infield hits to load the bases with one out. With two doubles from Yasiel Puig and a home run from Chase Utley, the Dodgers did what had felt weirdly impossible for so long: they won a damn baseball game. The Dodgers are 7-20 in the last 27 meetings in San Francisco and 4-9 in the last 13 meetings. The rehab timeline is expected to be six to eight weeks, having him recovered in plenty of time to be prepared for spring training.
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