To say this week has been intense and crazy would be an understatement.
The Dodgers benefitted from some timely hitting and a solid bullpen effort to defeat the Giants in Thursday’s finale 5-3, securing a four-game sweep and temporarily extending the division lead to 12 games over the Padres.
At 72-33, the Dodgers now have the best record in the entire major leagues, as there’s no reason to mention winning percentages or NL-best marks.
The day’s bad news came at the beginning of the fifth inning after veteran ace Clayton Kershaw was pulled from the game because of some apparent back issues.
Clayton Kershaw left the game in the bottom of the fifth inning with an apparent injury pic.twitter.com/bHUSOxHX58
— SF Giants on NBCS (@NBCSGiants) August 4, 2022
On the offensive side of things, second baseman Gavin Lux had the only multi-hit game for the Dodgers, going 2-for-4 with and RBI and a run scored. Max Muncy had a double to raise his average to .168, but the big blow came in the fourth inning when Mookie Betts launched a three-run homer to left-center field, his 25th of the season.
Trea Turner added insurance to the Los Angeles lead with a solo shot to center in the seventh inning, his 18th of the year.
Martin registered the win while Kimbrel posted his 20th save.
Righty starter Jakob Junis took the loss for San Francisco.
The Dodgers will pay tribute to legendary broadcaster Vin Scully on Friday with a special pre-game ceremony prior to the 7:10 p.m. opener against the Padres. Fans are asked to be in their seats by 6:30 p.m. as the team commemorates the special services.
Fans will also have a chance to pay their respects at various locations throughout Dodger Stadium. Behind the Vin Scully Press Box, the “I’ll Miss You” banner from Scully’s last game at Dodger Stadium will be on display. Additionally, Vin’s World Series rings will be featured beginning August 19.
In the Dodger Stadium lobby, a new tribute to Scully will be added to the display case which will greet fans as they walk through the front door. Additionally, miniature versions of Scully’s microphone from the Dodgers’ Ring of Honor will be placed on any existing Scully displays at the stadium. Fans are encouraged to stop for a moment whenever they pass one of these icons to read about the life and legacy of the greatest sportscaster who ever lived.
On Wednesday, the Dodgers debuted a commemorative black patch featuring a microphone and the word “VIN” which the team will wear on their jerseys for the remainder of the season.