The Dodgers lost their second game in a row, and fifth in seven games against San Francisco, on Thursday in a 3-2 contest. The offense sputtered against Tim Lincecum, and the bullpen could not hold onto a 2-2 tie in the season-finale against the Giants.
The offense started the game with a two run-lead after scoring in the first and fourth innings. In the opening frame Carl Crawford tripled, and scored on a sacrifice fly from Adrian Gonzalez.
Juan Uribe led off the fourth inning with a double to center field and scored three pitches later on a Mark Ellis double up the right field line. That was all the scoring the Dodgers could muster up for the night, despite getting eight hits off Tim Lincecum in seven innings.
Edinson Volquez lasted five innings in his final start of the season. He gave up four hits and three walks for two runs, with four strikeouts, on his way to a no-decision.
Since the Dodgers will only be carrying four starters in the postseason, Volquez will not be considered in that regard, but he still has a chance to make the roster as a relief pitcher. Volquez has pitched 23 innings and allowed 18 hits for nine earned runs in his last four starts.
He was pulled after giving up two runs in the fifth inning to tie the game. The Dodgers then used Chris Withrow out of the bullpen. Withrow gave up no hits, walked one batter, and struck out two.
Paco Rodriguez took the mound in th eighth, but gave up the game-winning home run to Angel Pagan. The Dodgers lost 3-2.
They finished the season 8-11 against the Giants, and lost five of the last seven games they played against their northern rivals. They now travel home to Los Angeles to finish off the regular season against the Colorado Rockies.
Following that series they will most likely be opening up the playoffs on the road for the NLDS. The only possible option for home-field advantage in the first round is if they sweep Colorado, and the Chicago Cubs sweep the St Louis Cardinals.