Game 158: Dodgers spring a Leake in The Hangover Part IV.

Mike Bolsinger

Starter Mike Bolsinger was removed in the fourth inning of the Dodgers’ 5-0 loss to the San Francisco Giants. (Josie Lepe/Bay Area News Group)


SAN FRANCISCO — A playoff-clinching hangover was in full effect Wednesday. The Dodgers might have gained some clarity for their NLDS bullpen, but did little else in a 5-0 loss to the Giants. The box score is here.

Clayton Kershaw needs six strikeouts Sunday to become the first pitcher in 13 years to strike out 300 in a single season, but he’s voluntarily limiting his own chances of reaching the milestone.

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Game 157: Clayton Kershaw pitches the Dodgers into the postseason.

Clayton Kershaw

Clayton Kershaw (22) gets a hug from Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis (17) after the final out of the Dodgers’ 8-0 win over the San Francisco Giants on Tuesday. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)

SAN FRANCISCO — Clayton Kershaw’s hair and hat and t-shirt were already drenched in Budweiser and Chandon Brut Classic when he spotted his wife and infant daughter in a corner of the Dodgers’ clubhouse at AT&T Park on Tuesday night. He kissed his wife, and cooed his daughter, and got a little more alcohol poured on him before the night was over.

Chandon Brut Classic is $264 a case. Kershaw’s pitching in the Dodgers’ 8-0, NL West-clinching win over the Giants was priceless. The box score is here.

Corey Seager has relegated Jimmy Rollins to the Dodgers’ bench.

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Game 155: Sweep doesn’t signal the start of panic time for Dodgers.

A.J. Ellis

Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis is helpless to prevent the Rockies from scoring one of their 12 runs Sunday. (Associated Press photo)

DENVER — The Dodgers suffered a three-game sweep at the hands of the Colorado Rockies, losing 12-5. Panic time hasn’t arrived yet, but it will if the Dodgers can’t beat the Giants over the next four days. The box score is here.

Zack Greinke and Clayton Kershaw, who start each of the next two days, are baseball’s best 1-2 punch.

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Chris Heisey listened to beef between Kershaw and Mattingly

Chris Heisey

Chris Heisey/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Dodgers

 

Chris Heisey was in the dugout Thursday afternoon when Clayton Kershaw engaged manager Don Mattingly in an animated discussion after Mattingly informed Kershaw he was coming out for a pinch-hitter leading off the bottom of the fifth inning.

Heisey hit a grand slam to cap off the six-run fifth, giving the Dodgers a 6-3 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks to reduce their magic number to clinch the NL West to least four pending the outcome of the night game between the second-place Giants and San Diego Padres.

Heisey listened in on the conversation between Kershaw and Mattingly. He loved it.

“I was intent on listening to what he (Kershaw) had to say,” Heisey said. “He’s the best pitcher in baseball and I love the fact that he didn’t want to come out of the game and I also respect the coaches for making the decision to get him out of there. We were down 3-0 and you get to save his arm a little bit. But you can’t ever argue with the competitive spirit he has. You want to play behind the guy and play with a guy that cares to be in a game.”

By the way, thanks to Heisey, Kershaw earned his 15th win.

 

 

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Game 143: Something old, something new, in Dodgers’ win over Rockies.

Corey Seager

Corey Seager had two hits in three at-bats Monday in the Dodgers’ 4-1 win over the Colorado Rockies. (Hans Gutknecht/Staff photographer)

Clayton Kershaw was his usual self, and rookies Scott Schebler and Corey Seager showed unusual poise, in the Dodgers’ 4-1 win over the Rockies. The box score is here. The photo gallery is here.

Andre Ethier has quietly been among the Dodgers’ steadiest hitters this season.

The most eye-opening stat I didn’t have room for in anything I wrote today:

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