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.
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.
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.
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.
The Dodgers beat the Colorado Rockies in familiar fashion, 5-2, and can clinch the National League West title as early as tomorrowThe box score is here.
The Dodgers’ active roster swelled to 39, shifting the focus of the final week to potential playoff roster cuts.
Here’s what they were saying after the game. None of these interviews were included in my game story because of deadlines; the game ended at 11:26 p.m., followed by fireworks(!):
Yasiel Puig hopes to play in the Dominican Winter League, which starts play in October and ends in December. Puig is beginning to do more to help the Dodgers than hurt them, writes columnist Mark Whicker.