A sixth consecutive division title is still indeed within the grasp of the Los Angeles Dodgers.
After all the dust settled on the 162nd game of the regular season on Sunday, the Dodgers handed the Giants a 15-0 pummeling in San Francisco, while the Rockies crushed the Nationals 12-0 in Denver, forcing a one-game playoff in Los Angeles on Monday to determine the eventual 2018 NL West champions.
The Dodgers jumped out to an early two-run lead in the first inning and two innings later tacked on seven more runs to put the game out of reach early. Matt Kemp and Enrique Hernandez led the Los Angeles offensive charge with three hits apiece. Kemp hammered two doubles to give him 25 on the season while also elevating his RBI total to 85 and his season average to .290. Hernandez poked two singles and a triple, scoring twice and driving in two.
Perhaps overshadowed by the offensive surge was the performance of starting pitcher Rich Hill. The veteran southpaw threw seven scoreless innings and struck out seven batters while allowing just two hits. He did not walk a batter.
The three weekend victories produced the Dodgers’ first series sweep in San Francisco since 2014.
Monday will mark the fourth division-tiebreaker in Los Angeles history. First pitch is scheduled for 1:09 p.m. Pacific time.