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Final 1 2 3   4 5 6   7 8 9   R H E
San Francisco1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 290
LA Dodgers0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 161
  W: M. Bumgarner (4-9)   L: H. Ryu (5-8)   S: S. Dyson (14)
6:10 PM PT7:10 PM MT8:10 PM CT9:10 PM ET21:10 ET1:10 GMT9:10 6:10 PM MST8:10 PM EST8:40 PM VEN5:10 UAE (+1)8:10 PM CT, September 23, 2017
Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, California  Attendance: 51,093

Division clinched, Dodgers still have work to do

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San Francisco Giants at Los Angeles Dodgers

  1. The Dodgers are 9-7 versus the Giants this season but have won six of their last seven games in the series, including a three-game sweep of San Francisco in late July when they last faced the Giants at Dodger Stadium. With just three games remaining between the two clubs, Los Angeles is looking to win the season series for the first time since 2014.
  2. The Giants are riding a three-game win streak, their longest since winning six straight from June 26 -- July 2. With 93 losses and nine games remaining, San Francisco is looking to avoid its first 100-loss season since 1985 (62-100).
  3. The Dodgers snapped a four-game losing streak to beat the Phillies, 5-4, on Wednesday for their 97th win of the season, their most since winning 98 games in 1977 (lost to the Yankees in the World Series that year). Los Angeles is now 25-18 (.581) in one-run games this season, its best such win percentage since 2007 (28-20, .583).
  4. Corey Seager has walked 62 times this season after totaling 54 walks in his rookie season a year ago, the most walks by a Dodger shortstop since Rafael Furcal walked 73 times in 2006. With 26 home runs last year and 20 this season, Seager is the first Dodger shortstop all-time to post consecutive 20-homer seasons.
  5. Jeff Samardzija, who has 197 strikeouts on the season, is looking to become the first Giants righty with 200 strikeouts in a season since Tim Lincecum in 2011 (220); Samardzija has had at least three strikeouts in every game this year.
  6. Rich Hill is 2-1 with a 1.69 ERA in five starts versus San Francisco since joining the Dodgers last season. In his three career starts versus the Giants at Dodger Stadium, Hill has posted a 1.08 ERA and .217 opponent batting average.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 9/22/2017 thru 9/24/2017

LOS ANGELES -- With a fifth consecutive National League West title finally theirs, the first look at how the Los Angeles Dodgers will handle things the rest of regular season will come on Saturday.

When the Dodgers face the San Francisco Giants at Dodger Stadium on Saturday night, the starting lineup could be loaded with reserves and September call-ups, at least for one day, even if manager Dave Roberts has not yet admitted it.

The Dodgers have stumbled badly for nearly a month now after a historic start that saw them go 91-36 and grab a 21-game lead in the division. Then, in losing 20-of-26 before clinching the National League West on Friday, the offense looked vulnerable and the bullpen appeared to be on fumes.

What the Dodgers hope now is that clinching the division is the positive feeling they need to get back to being a championship contender.

"You still have work to do, you have to find that edge, find what you're looking for and get back rolling like we were before," Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager said. "(Friday's victory) was a really competitive game for us. We competed all the way through and that has what we had been looking for basically, just a full complete game."

The Giants wouldn't mind exposing more of the Dodgers' late-season flaws, even in a season when they are 60-94 and have essentially locked up last place in the NL West. San Francisco had actually been playing a better brand of baseball of late, winning three consecutive games before arriving in Los Angeles, including a brief two-game sweep of the Colorado Rockies.

There certainly will be no doubting the motivation of the always-intense Madison Bumgarner (3-9, 3.48 ERA), who will take the mound for the Giants on Saturday. Bumgarner has faced the Dodgers just once this season, holding them to seven scoreless innings on July 30. The Dodgers eventually earned a 3-2 victory.

Bumgarner is 14-9 with a 2.59 ERA in 28 appearances (27 starts) against the Dodgers in his career, but adding to his motivation could be that he is just 1-4 with a 3.24 ERA in his last eight starts against the Dodgers.

Since returning from the disabled list after a dirt bike accident in April, Bumgarner is 3-9 with a 3.48 ERA, going 0-4 with a 5.40 ERA over his last four outings.

The Giants enter their last eight games knowing they need to win three of them to avoid the second 100-loss season in franchise history.

"I mean, I believe we're way better than we've played this year," Bumgarner said, according to the San Jose Mercury News. "There's a lot of variables, and I'm not trying to make excuses for anybody, but I definitely believe in the guys we have here regardless of what's happened this year."

The Dodgers do have the best record in the National League and in the major leagues to play for so there is motivation to not completely shut down until the postseason. Also motivated is the Dodgers' Saturday starter Huyn-Jin Ryu (5-7, 3.46), who is trying to make a case for a postseason rotation role.

Ryu has pitched well over his last 11 starts, going 3-1 with a 2.62 ERA, while striking out 63 batters in 65 1/3 innings. Ryu would be vying for the role as the Dodgers' No. 4 starter in the playoffs, behind Clayton Kershaw, Rich Hill and Yu Darvish.

Ryu is 0-1 in two starts against the Giants this year, but that record is not of his doing. He has a 0.69 ERA against San Francisco this season, giving up one run in 16 innings. The left-hander is 4-5 in 11 career games against the Giants, posting a 3.36 ERA.

Updated September 23, 2017

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