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A.J. Pollock homers twice to complete season-ending Dodgers sweep

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LA finishes at 43-17

Los Angeles Angels v Los Angeles Dodgers Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images

The Dodgers finished off their 2020 season with a sweep of the Angels, culminating in a 5-0 shutout on Sunday afternoon in Los Angeles.

A.J. Pollock got things started with a solo home run to lead off the first inning, then added a two-run shot in the seventh. Pollock finished his 2020 with 16 home runs in 210 plate appearances, after hitting 15 home runs in 342 plate appearances in his first year with Los Angeles in 2019.

Pollock started at least once at all nine spots in the batting order in 2020, and he homered out of seven lineup spots, including two home runs while batting first.

Dustin May finished off a stellar rookie season that saw him start on Opening Day and pitch the most innings in the season finale. He entered Sunday with no outs and one on in the second inning, throwing four scoreless frames with five strikeouts, allowing only two singles and two walks.

May ends his season with a 2.57 ERA and 4.62 FIP in 12 games, with 44 strikeouts and 16 walks in 56 innings.

Notes

  • Justin Turner walked in the fifth inning to extend his streak to 31 consecutive games reaching base.
  • Adam Kolarek played right field in the eighth and ninth innings, his second position other than pitcher played in the majors. He played three games at first base in 2019, including once after getting traded to the Dodgers.
  • The Dodgers were the only team in the majors to not get shut out in 2020. Sunday was the fifth shutout for the pitching staff.

Sunday particulars

Home runs: A.J. Pollock 2 (16)

WP — Dustin May (3-1): 4 IP, 2 hits, 2 walks, 5 strikeouts

LP — Patrick Sandoval (1-5): 2⅔ IP, 1 hit, 3 runs (2 earned), 3 walks, 3 strikeouts

Up next

The wild card round starts Wednesday at Dodger Stadium, with the start time (and opponent!) to be announced later. Walker Buehler starts the series opener for the Dodgers, and Clayton Kershaw starts Game 2.