Well, it's been a nice year, boys and girls, but tonight we have to bring this Dodgers season to a close. Clayton Kershaw abused the Giants for eight innings, yielding three hits and one run, accumulating eight Ks. And, Kershaw singled in a run for his second RBI of the year.
Juan Rivera knocked a two-run HR in the three-run eighth inning. Alex Castellanos cranked his first major league HR. Kevin Federowicz went 1-for-3 with 2 Ks. And Mark Ellis went 0-for-2 before being removed for someone who wouldn't get thrown out at third trying to stretch a double.
The Dodgers finish 10 games over .500 (86-76), fifth-best in the NL, and exactly where our pythagorean record would have put us. We had a run differential of +40 (637-597), and our 597 RA was third-best in the NL behind Cincinnati and Washington.
All in all, a great end to a season where we ended up a wee bit short; but winning seven of our last eight helps me keep positive about 2013. Now, it's time to start rooting for the Orioles. See you on Friday!