A little shaky early on, when the Dodgers were down 1-0 to the Giants through four and a half. But Clayton Kershaw was just letting the tension rise, for dramatic effect. His first career triple tied the game at one, and then the Dodgers opened four-run cans of whup-ass in both the sixth (catalyzed by a Yasiel Puig solo HR) and the eighth (a 33-minute torture session for the Giants, who watched Juan Uribe single home two RBI, not to mention reliever Juan Gutierrez walk a run in).
At 5-1, the game was out of reach. At 9-1, it was an official drubbing, in our final game with the Giants this season, securing the series victory 10-9.
Dodgers win the NL West, for the second-straight year. Clayton Kershaw wins the MLB ERA title for the fourth consecutive year, the first player to ever do so (Kershaw went off the field in the eighth inning to a full stadium chanting "M V P"!). Puig added a great defensive highlight nailing Gregor Blanco, who tried to stretch from first to third on a single, and was summarily gunned down by Puig for his MLB-leading 14th outfield assist.
Oh, and Buster Olney and his suit were innocent bystanders when Kershaw was dunked by the gatorade cooler, during post-game interviews. Nice.
And now we play for playoff positioning...though we really could use the time to recuperate a bit. Rest up, Dodgers (starting with an off-day tomorrow)! You deserve it.
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