Late inning home runs by Juan Rivera and Alex Castellanos, propelled the Dodgers to a win on the final day of the regular season. This year’s National League ERA leader, Clayton Kershaw, got his last few words in by playing a little one run ball over eight innings against San Francisco’s offense, leading Los Angeles to a 5-1 win.
Ryan Vogelsong was really the only bright spot for the Giants who now have to piece together their postseason rotation. Vogelsong made that process even harder by striking out seven Dodgers over five innings. He didn’t allow an earned run either.
Buster Posey was pulled from the game after driving in his 103th run of the year in the fourth inning with a ground out. Posey, who entered the game having already locked up the batting title, played four tuneup innings in preparation for Saturday’s playoff games against the Reds.
A day after Barry Zito limited the Dodgers to just one run, Vogelsong matches him. Both are guaranteed postseason roster spot, but that’s not the concern. What is the concern is who will get a start in the postseason. Vogelsong has been better over a longer period of time, but Zito could make the same argument. The same Barry Zito that was left off the postseason roster two years ago.
Manager Bruce Bochy and general manager Brian Sabean have about three days to make a decision and it won’t be an easy one.