Sunday, 21 October, 2018

Los Angeles Dodgers Defeat Colorado Rockies to Win 2018 Division Title

Dodgers use four-run ninth inning to clinch playoff spot in 10-6 victory over Giants Tiebreakers have been perilous for Dodgers
Sergio Cook | 03 October, 2018, 12:21

Coming into the game, the Dodgers swept the Giants in San Francisco and the Rockies stumbled into Chavez Ravine with a tough series versus the Nationals. Roberts didn't expect to use him the first two games of the series out of the bullpen.

The Los Angeles Dodgers entered game 163 for all the division marbles versus the Colorado Rockies. His 2.57 ERA in 21 innings also is accompanied by 22 strikeouts on only five walks.

As it now stands, rookie Walker Buehler may be the Dodgers' best pitcher.

The winners of the respective contests will be crowned division champs, while the losers will turn around to play in the Wild Card game the following evening.

After the Giants failed to play spoiler Sunday in a 14-0 blowout loss to the Dodgers, and the Rockies beat the Nationals 12-0, Los Angeles and Colorado will square off in one more game for the NL West title on Monday. When they were in Brooklyn, the Dodgers finished tied with the rival Giants for the 1951 NL pennant, and then famously lost a three-game series to NY on a home run by Bobby Thomson.

San Francisco heads into the games this weekend with one goal in mind.

Hill (11-5) took the early lead and coasted with it, allowing just two hits in his seven innings. Charlie Blackmon hit a two-run dinger in the third and David Dahl made it 7-0 with a three-run shot in the fifth. Brian Dozier's two-run homer and a two-run double by Kemp highlighted a seven-run third inning. The Dodgers won hosting rights because they took the season series 12-7.

The Giants and Dodgers have been extremely competitive against one another this season. With six straight postseason's under the team's belt, the Los Angeles Dodgers now own the third-longest postseason streak in Major League Baseball history.

The Dodgers clinched baseball's final playoff berth by beating the Giants 10-6 on Saturday and celebrated with champagne in the visiting clubhouse - then all attention turned to winning another division crown.

Pence received big cheers from the sellout crowd as he ran to the outfield some 20 minutes before first pitch and he waved and clapped in appreciation. The Giants will try to end a three-game skid.

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