The Dodgers knew that their best chance of winning the NL West rested on their sweeping the Giants. They jumped out to a 2-0 lead and never looked back as they won 15-0 in San Francisco to complete that sweep. With the Rockies 12-0 win over the Nationals, that sets up a one-game division-title tiebreaker tomorrow at Dodger Stadium
The Dodgers ended any suspense in today’s game when they batted around in the third inning as they scored seven runs to take a 9-0 lead over the Giants.
Several Dodger hitters produced today. There were home runs from Brian Dozier, Max Muncy and Austin Barnes. David Freese continued his hot hitting with a 2-for-4 game. Matt Kemp went 3-for-3 with two doubles and three runs driven in.
But this should not outshine the outstanding pitching from late-night named starting pitcher Rich Hill. Hill pitched seven scoreless innings with seven strikeouts. He won his 11th game and really helped out the Dodgers avoid going to their bullpen.
The Dodgers now head for the first one-game winner-take-all division title game since 1980. Tomorrow is the first day in October, hopefully it will be the first of many wins in October too.
The last time the Dodgers swept a three-game series against the Giants at AT&T Park was from July 25-27, 2014
The Dodgers finished September with an 18-9 record, it was their best winning pct. (.667) in September since 2014 when they went 17-8 (.680).
Austin Barnes home run in the ninth inning made it three home runs in the game for the Dodgers, they are now 27-1 when they hit three or more home runs in a game.
The Dodgers will start Walker Buehler in Monday's tiebreaker. "Our goal is to win the division," manager Dave Roberts said.— Alden Gonzalez (@Alden_Gonzalez) September 30, 2018
The Dodgers and Rockies will play one more regular season game on Monday to decide who wins the National League West. Walker Buehler is scheduled to pitch, German Márquez is on schedule to pitch for the Rockies though no official announcement has been made yet.
Home Runs: Brian Dozier (21), Max Muncy (34), Austin Barnes (4)
WP: Rich Hill (11-5): 7 IP, 2 hits, 7 strikeouts
LP: Andrew Suárez (7-13): 2⅓ IP, 6 runs, 6 hits, 2 walks