Dodgers push back Buehler, tab Hill for season finale vs. Giants

Dodgers push back Buehler, tab Hill for season finale vs. Giants

Dodgers push back Buehler, tab Hill for season finale vs. Giants

Coming into the game, the Dodgers swept the Giants in San Francisco and the Rockies stumbled into Chavez Ravine with a tough series versus the Nationals. But because he pitched Monday's tie-breaking game against the Rockies, he will not be available until Game 3 (Sunday) against the Braves.

Walker Buehler will start for the Dodgers (91-71) as the defending NL champions try for a sixth straight West title.

The San Francisco Giants get an opportunity to play spoiler against the team they'd most enjoy spoiling - the Los Angeles Dodgers - when the longtime rivals close out the regular season with a three-game series that begins Friday night. Buehler, 24, had a 2.76 ERA in 130 innings this season.

Walker Buehler will start on the mound for the Dodgers. That game went 13 innings, with Colorado prevailing 9-8 when Matt Holliday may or may not have touched the plate when he was credited with the winning run.

The Rockies forced their way into that playoff for the NL West title by routing Washington 12-0 on Sunday.

Hill (11-5) took the early lead and coasted with it, allowing just two hits in his seven innings. The Rockies won the games they should have which is good for them but the Dodgers are the best team the Rockies have played in a while.

Instead, they're now headed to Chicago and will have to win the Wild Card game against the Cubs to reach a playoff series. Charlie Blackmon hit a two-run dinger in the third and David Dahl made it 7-0 with a three-run shot in the fifth.

JT Chargois and Julio Urias finished up with a hitless inning apiece, completing the Dodgers' 11th shutout of the season, their third against the Giants. That marked the 44th splash homer by a Giants opponent, fifth by a Dodger and first by an LA player since Cody Bellinger on September 13, 2017.

As first pitch approaches, something to consider in the game.

Giants fans did not enjoy watching the Dodgers celebrate inside AT&T Park but appreciated the effort of Pence, who is being applauded on every at-bat in this season-ending homestand as if it's his last in San Francisco.

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