The Los Angeles Dodgers won their division and clinched a spot in the playoffs as of September 24, 2014.
The two leaders of this game were Clayton Kershaw and Yasiel Puig, reported mlb.com. Kershaw threw 8 complete innings with a 1.77 ERA. He struck out 11 and gave up 7 hits.
Yasiel Puig started the 9 run rally by hitting a no ball two strike homerun off of the Giants pitcher Tim Hudson in the 5th inning. His homerun was followed by the Dodgers scoring 4 more runs in the 6th inning.
With Kershaw holding the Giants to 1 run off of 7 hits in 8 innings, the Giants were left with one inning to earn 8 runs. Brian Wilson came in from the bullpen in the 9th after Andre Either pinch hitter for Kershaw in the 8th reports mlb.com. Wilson pitched strong in the 9th ; he gave up one hit and then shut the door.
So far, the hardest part for the Dodgers’ manager Don Mattingly is to decide who will play in the playoffs. “Our roster’s definitely not decided …” “We’ll have discussions, kind of going over different scenarios. I hate to say these are tryout games. But definitely you’re going to see disappointment with certain guys if they’re not on the roster,” he stated as reported by latimes.com.