It’s almost time for the playoffs and the Dodger pitching staff seems to be ready. Clayton Kershaw was dominant in his final start of the regular season, firing 6 shutout innings and allowing just 2 hits, leading the Dodgers to a 1-0 win over the Padres.
It was a good final start to the regular season, allowing Kershaw to take some momentum into the NLDS.
“You’re just building confidence,” he said. “No matter how long you play this game, you struggle and your confidence will go here and there at times. Today, just went in with the mindset to be super aggressive and keep going and don’t worry about all the stuff that’s happened. The results are better today for sure.”
With Kershaw dominating on the mound, the Dodgers scored the minimum against Joey Lucchesi and the Padres. They scored their first and only run of the game in the 6th inning on a Max Muncy RBI single.
Once the Dodgers got the lead, it was up to the bullpen to finish it off. Dustin May was the first Dodger out of the ‘pen. He’s fighting for a spot on the playoff roster and made a good case, appearing in back-to-back games and dominating both times.
Elsewhere in baseball, the Astros lost the Angels on Thursday, meaning the Dodgers pulled within a game in the race for the best record in the Majors. The Astros have 3 more games against the Angels and the Dodgers face the Giants in their final 3 games.
The Dodgers have completed their final travel day of the regular season and are in San Francisco to finish the year. The first game will feature a matchup between Walker Buehler and Johnny Cueto. Buehler, 13-4, 3.25, allowed 4 runs in his last start but is expected to rebound. Cueto is 1-1 with a 2.57 ERA but has only appeared in 3 games this year. The game will begin at 7:15 pm.