Andrew Toles and Joc Pederson celebrate Pederson’s fourth-inning home run on Wednesday in San Diego. (Getty Images)
Hunter Renfroe might be the only person to leave San Diego with home-field advantage after the Padres’ star had another big night in a 6-5 Dodgers loss. The box score is here.
Charlie Culberson‘s home run Sunday linked him with Vin Scully forever, writes columnist Mark Whicker.
1. Ross Stripling threw from the stretch with the bases empty today. He said he didn’t warm up out of the windup in the bullpen before coming in. The right-hander gave up two hits in three innings (one was a double that led to the winning run) and said he might just roll with it now that he’s reliving full-time.
2. Josh Reddick famously wore a “don’t bunt” T-shirt recently while visiting with Vin Scully. So why did he bunt in the ninth inning? “They’re giving you a free hit with the shift,” he said. The Padres had abandoned third base with the left-handed hitting Reddick at the plate.
Here’s what else they were saying after the game:
Charlie Culberson trots jubilantly from third base to home plate to complete his 10th-inning home run Sunday, only the second walk-off home run of his major league career. (Getty Images)
After paying tribute to Vin Scully early, the Dodgers walked off the Colorado Rockies on a Charlie Culberson home run in the 10th inning, clinching their fourth straight National League West title. The box score is here.
Jose Fernandez‘s friends in the Dodgers clubhouse remembered the Marlins pitcher, who died Sunday morning in a boating accident.
Brandon McCarthy pitched 5 1/3 innings against the Colorado Rockies in his first start since Aug. 13. (Getty Images)
When Brandon McCarthy took the mound for the Dodgers on July 27, he began the day with a sparkling 2.39 earned-run average. He’d only pitched four games, but they were encouraging. It appeared the veteran right-hander could pick up where he left off before the Tommy John surgery that wiped out 14 months of his career.
That day, McCarthy threw 83 pitches in four innings against the Tampa Bay Rays. Only 51 were strikes. His control betrayed him a little more with each successive start: 85 pitches and 48 strikes against the Rockies; 65 pitches and 31 strikes against the Red Sox; 51 pitches and 22 strikes against the Pirates. That was on Aug. 21. His ERA after that game: 3.63.
McCarthy then went on the disabled list with stiffness in his right hip. As it turns, his most pressing problem was much worse.
These were the memorable words of Vin Scully’s final call in his final game Dodger Stadium:
“Oh-and-one to Charlie, swung on, and a high fly ball to deep left field, the Dodger bench empties. Would you believe a home run? And the Dodgers have clinched the division and will celebrate on schedule. (pause) Leave it to the Dodgers. Charlie Culberson a game winning home run. What a moment to have it. And would you believe: His first home run of the year! So the Dodgers did what they hoped to do. It was a struggle, but they won it on their own merits, 4-3. The last home run that Charlie Culberson hit would be two years ago, in two thousand and fourteen against Cincinnati. So the Dodgers, for the fourth straight year, have won the National League division title in the West, and what a guy to do it: Charlie Culberson, after dramatic triple and a home run by Seager to keep them alive. Now they don’t care about the Padres and the Giants. Care not at all. And boy, did it work out perfectly — the final home game of the regular season.”
Here’s what it looked like in real time:
Dodgers second baseman Chase Utley lunges toward first base following through on a throw in a 14-1 win over the Colorado Rockies on Saturday. (John McCoy/Staff photographer)
The Dodgers couldn’t stop scoring in a 14-1 rout of the Colorado Rockies, but a San Francisco Giants win put their National League West clinching party on hold. The box score is here. The photo gallery is here.
Rich Hill was scratched from Sunday’s start as a precautionary measure; Brandon McCarthy will start instead.
Sunday is Vin Scully’s final game behind the microphone at Dodger Stadium. In his final pre-retirement press conference, Scully discussed the time he was asked to run for governor of California.
Scully’s style touched generations of fans, writes Ryan Kartje. Scully was unique in style and substance, writes Mark Whicker.