Last month ended with the Dodgers 1.5 games ahead of the Giants. They got the first day of September off, before the Padres came to town. In game 2, Rich Hill took a no-hitter into the 6th inning before Alexei Ramirez broke it up with a single. The Dodgers took the game by a score of 5-1. The Dodgers also took the third game 4-7 with Jose De Leon making a terrific first impression. The youngster pitched 6 innings allowing 4 runs (3 earned), on 5 hits.
The Padres left town and it was time for the Diamondbacks to enter. They sent out former Dodger, Zack Greinke, who was making his return to Dodger Stadium. The Dodgers hit 5 home runs off of him handing him the loss by a final score of 10-2. Ross Stripling shut the D-backs down in game two, and Brock Stewart kept them quiet in game 3. The Dodgers swept the Diamondbacks in 3 games.
After the sweep of the D-backs the Dodgers got a day to travel to Miami, Where Clayton Kershaw was scheduled to make his return from the DL. The Marlins scored 3 runs off of Kershaw, and Jose Fernandez held the Dodgers to 1 run in the first game. In game 2, Rich Hill pitched 7 perfect innings before Dave Roberts made the tough decision to remove him from the game. The Dodgers took it by a final score of 5-1. The Marlins also held the Dodgers scoreless in the series finale.
After losing the series to the Marlins, it was time for the Dodgers to head to New York and play the Yankees. With a large amount of Dodgers fans along the left field line, the Dodgers put up an 8-2 victory over the Yanks. Jose De Leon followed his first career start with another solid outing, Yasiel Puig and Justin Turner provided home runs to support the rookie. CC Sabathia shut the Dodgers down in game 2, but Clayton Kershaw would not allow it in the final game. Even though the game was delayed by rain, Kershaw dominated 6 innings, and late run support from Justin Turner gave the Dodgers the victory.
It was then time to travel to Arizona and play the Diamondbacks. The D-backs jumped on Rich Hill, giving him his first loss with the Dodgers. In game 2, Kenta Maeda and Zack Greinke got their rematch and both sides played good baseball. Greinke allowed 2 runs (1 earned), a Justin Turner RBI triple, as the Dodgers took the second game 2-0. The Dodgers took game 3, by a score of 6-2, with Joc Pederson hitting a 2-run home run that traveled 463 feet. The Diamondbacks took the last game by a score of 9-10 in 12 innings.
The Dodgers went home to greet the Giants for their final home stand of the regular season. Clayton Kershaw and Madison Bumgarner faced off and it looked like it would be a Giants victory. But a walk-off RBI double from Adrian Gonzalez gave the Dodgers the first game by a score of 2-1. Johnny Ceuto shut the Dodgers down in the second game, as San Francisco took it by a score of 2-0. The Dodgers scored 5 runs in the 1st inning, as they took the game by a score of 9-3.
The Giants went to San Diego and the Rockies came to Los Angeles, for the final series at Dodger Stadium. The weekend had many festivities honoring Vin Scully, the Dodgers legendary broadcaster.
The Dodgers took the first game by a score of 4-7, due to a Yasmani Grandal Grand Slam. In game 2, Joc Pederson and Andre Ethier hit back-to-back home runs, lifting the Dodgers to a 5-2 victory. With the magic number at 2, the Dodgers did everything in their power to clinch the division behind Clayton Kershaw. They beat the Rockies 14-1, but the Giants beat the Padres delaying the celebration by a day.
On September 25, 2016, the day all Dodgers fans had been waiting for arrived. After Corey Seager tied up the game, twice, Charlie Culberson hit a walk-off home run in the 10th inning, propelling the Dodgers to their 4th straight division championship.
After getting the day of on Monday, the Dodgers went to San Diego where they lost the first game to the Padres, by a score of 7-1. The Padres also won the second game 5-6, but the Dodgers wouldn’t be swept. They took the series finale by a score of 9-4.
They next traveled to San Francisco for the final 3 games of the season. After what looked early like it would be an easy Dodgers victory, Brandon McCarthy allowed 6 runs without recording an out in the 6th inning. The Giants took the game 9-3.
- More important occurrences:
- Clayton Kershaw made his first rehab start
- Rich Hill made his Dodgers debut
- Jose De Leon made his Major League debut
- Dodgers pound Greinke in return to Dodger Stadium
- Clayton Kershaw makes his return from the DL
- Fight between Yasiel Puig and Madison Bumgarner empties benches
- Chase Utley win Roy Campenella award
- Dodgers clinch the NL West with Charlie Culberson walk-off homer
- Vin Scully calls final game at Dodger Stadium