Dodgers notes: season finale edition

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Catching up on some loose ends and random Dodgers tidbits from Wednesday's season finale.

With the Dodgers' season now complete, here are some final notes from Wednesday's finale.

Alex Castellanos hit his first major league home run, a solo shot in the eighth inning. Castellanos was the fifth Dodger to hit his first major league home run in 2012, as he joined Dee Gordon (May 1), Scott Van Slyke (May 20), Elian Herrera (July 5), and Luis Cruz (July 20). After the game, the fan who caught the home run ball traded it to Castellanos for a signed bat.

Among catchers with at least 80 games behind the plate in one season, the .373 on-base percentage by A.J. Ellis was 15th best in the 129-year history of the Dodgers. Ellis finished 11th in the the National League in OBP.

Matt Kemp ended with more home runs (12) in his 23 games in April then he did in the rest of his season (11), in 83 games.

Andre Ethier led the Dodgers with 79 runs scored in 2012, the first non-strike season that didn't see a Dodger score 80 runs since 1989, when Eddie Murray led the club with 66 runs.

Matt Guerrier's MLB record streak of consecutive seasons with exactly one save ended at six years, as the reliever did not earn a save in his 16 games pitched this season.

Clayton Kershaw (eight) and Kenley Jansen (two) combined for 10 strikeouts on Wednesday, the 44th game by the Dodgers this season with 10 or more strikeouts. The only seasons that the Dodgers had more such games were 2003 (47), 2010 (46), and 2011 (45). The Dodgers were 32-12 (.727) in those games this season.

Of the eight relief pitchers that made the Dodgers opening day roster, the only one to remain on the active roster all season without interruption was Jamey Wright, who made his seventh consecutive team as a non-roster invitee to spring training. Technically Jansen never went on the disabled list, but he did miss over three weeks in September with an irregular heartbeat and only avoided DL time because a move was unnecessary with expanded rosters.

Elian Herrera played the final five innings of Wednesday's game in left field. His final tally of games played on the season was 22 games in left field, 20 games at third base, 13 games at second base, nine games in center field, seven games in right field, and two games at shortstop.

Kershaw's RBI single in the fifth inning was the first run batted in by a Dodger pitcher in 44 games. The previous pitcher RBI came on August 15, also driven in by Kershaw.

The Dodgers did in fact allow under 600 runs, coming in at 597. It was the first time the Dodgers allowed under 600 runs since 2003, and just the second time in a non-strike year since 1989.

The 25 pitchers used by the Dodgers tied the 2009 and 1998 teams for the most used in a season in franchise history.

The 50 players used by the Dodgers were their most since 2006, but three shy of the club record, set in both 1944 and 1998.

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