The 2013 season finally came to a close with the Dodgers dropping the final game of the season 2-1 to the Colorado Rockies. Despite the loss, the atmosphere was jubilant at Dodger Stadium as Arsenio Hall led a post-game rally in celebration of the season and the upcoming playoffs. The Dodgers will open up postseason play on Thursday against the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field.
Don Mattingly used the three game series as a tuneup for the postseason as has been the case over the past couple of weeks. Guys rested, Mattingly limited his starters and got work for everyone in the bullpen as the Dodgers were entrenched as the three-seed in the National League.
The Dodgers opened up the series with a bang Friday night, routing the Rockies 11-0 and the run support would be more than enough to give Clayton Kershaw his 16th win of the year. Carl Crawford, Adrian Gonzalez and A.J. Ellis each hit home runs in the romp.
Kershaw pitched six shutout innings with eight strikeouts and no walks. Kershaw finished the season with a 1.83 ERA and he’s the first pitcher to do so since Roger Clemens posted a 1.87 ERA in 2005. He also becomes the first Dodger to accomplish the feat since Sandy Koufax in 1966. Carlos Marmol, Chris Capuano, and Brandon League each pitched scoreless innings of relief Friday night.
Zack Greinke was also sharp in his regular season finale on Saturday, pitching six innings of one-run ball with seven strikeouts and no walks. However, the Dodgers got shut down by Juan Nicasio and five Colorado releivers en route to a 1-0 loss. Greinke finished the season with a 15-4 record and a 2.63 ERA. More guys got solid work out of the bullpen with Ronald Belisario, Paco Rodriguez and Brian Wilson each pitching a scoreless inning.
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