Game 162: Vin Scully soars, Dodgers go meekly in the final game of the season.

Kenta Maeda

Kenta Maeda allowed a season-high nine hits and five runs in the Giants’ 7-1 win over the Dodgers.
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SAN FRANCISCO — The Dodgers tried to play their final series down the middle, simultaneously prioritizing rest and staying sharp for the National League Division Series, and wound up getting swept with a 7-1 loss to the Giants.

The box score is here.

Andre Ethier has a National League Division Series roster spot.

Vin Scully invited us to pull up a chair one last time. He ran into a traffic jam before leaving AT&T Park.

The final elevator ride of Vin Scully’s career

SAN FRANCISCO — Colleague Tom Hoffarth, reporting for his column on the end of Vin Scully’s broadcasting career, interviewed a man named Kevin O’Malley. O’Malley knows Scully. As the national Catholic Athletes for Christ MLB ministry coordinator, he arranges the mass that Scully (and the Dodgers’ players and coaches) attend before every Sunday home game at Dodger Stadium. O’Malley helped arrange another mass this morning inside AT&T Park.

If Scully had gotten the calling to be a priest long ago, “he’d be a Cardinal by now,” O’Malley told Hoffarth.

He may never have gotten the calling, but Scully was more in demand than the Pope on Sunday.

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Game 161: Dodgers lose to San Francisco Giants, will start the playoffs on road.

Yasiel Puig

A single by Yasiel Puig was one of three hits the Dodgers mustered in eight innings against rookie left-hander Ty Blach. (Getty Images)

SAN FRANCISCO — The Dodgers will begin the postseason on the road after losing 3-0 to the Giants. The box score is here.

Vin Scully made a lasting impression on columnist Tom Hoffarth, then stuck to his retirement plan.

Here’s what they were saying after the game:

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Game 160: Giants treat Brandon McCarthy like a flower child in the outfield.

Brandon McCarthy

Brandon McCarthy faced six San Francisco Giants batters without recording an out; all six scored in the Dodgers’ 9-3 loss. (Getty Images)

SAN FRANCISCO — Brandon McCarthy‘s odds of making the postseason roster as a reliever took a dive in the Dodgers’ 9-3 loss to the San Francisco Giants. The box score is here.

Dave Roberts is stressing the positives against left-handed pitchers.

There are Vin Scully Awards in Los Angeles and New York City. Cooperstown should follow suit, writes colleague Tom Hoffarth.