Dodgers go after series sweep against Giants

Grant SmithOct 03, 2018

It's a scenario that hasn't been kind to them over the years.

Matt Kemp singled, doubled twice and drove in three runs, and left-hander Rich Hill threw seven shutout innings Sunday afternoon, helping the Los Angeles Dodgers force a one-game tiebreaker for the National League West title with a 15-0 embarrassment of the host San Francisco Giants. The Cubs and Brewers also need to break a tie for the NL Central. The victor will clinch the division title, a spot in the National League Division Series and home-field advantage throughout the playoffs, while the loser will play in the NL Wild Game Game on Tuesday night. The tiebreakers are considered part of the regular season, and stats are counted accordingly.

The only teams better than the Los Angeles Dodgers are the 1995-2007 New York Yankees, who made 13 straight postseasons and the 1991-2005 Atlanta Braves, who made 14 straight postseasons (1994 was the strike year). Anthony Rizzo had three hits for Chicago.

Walker Buehler will start for the Dodgers (91-71) as the defending NL champions try for a sixth straight West title.

The Rockies have a much happier (and shorter) history with these games.

They'll take the field Sunday with a meaningful game less than 24 hours after champagne was flowing following their clinching of no worse than an NL wild-card playoff berth Saturday.

One game for all the marbles.

That's a tough blow for the Cubs, who held a lead in the NL Central for months before the Brewers closed the gap over the weekend. Both games will be televised on ESPN. Davis, however, was getting attention for a different reason Sunday. All major league games have approximately the same starting time - a little after noon PT - on the final day of the regular season. His career average is.248. The victor of the NL West tiebreaker would face the Braves.

LA will take the field Friday night one game behind the Colorado Rockies (89-70) in the West, and one game ahead of the St. Louis Cardinals (87-72) in the wild-card race. Kemp had a two-run double and RBI single among his three hits. He is 6-1 with a 2.34 ERA in 12 second-half starts.

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