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Dodgers 4, Giants 2: The Dodgers had the NL West title in the bag on Friday, holding the Giants to two runs and taking the lead on Cody Bellinger‘s three-run blast in the third (an NL-best 39th home run, to boot). Feels like the Giants should get some extra credit for a ninth-inning Pablo Sandoval home run off of Kenley Jansen, but alas: they struck out thrice following the homer, leaving the Dodgers with the division title and their 98th win of the year. Next up: the Cubs, whose magic number sits at five heading into Saturday’s contest against the Brewers.
You gotta figure the Arizona Diamondbacks have been waiting a while to do this. When they clinched the top NL wild-card spot on Sunday, part of their celebration included going for a dip in the pool at their home ballpark, Chase Field. If you’re well schooled on your baseball beefs, you’ll remember that the Dodgers celebrated in the Chase Field pool when they won the NL West in Arizona in 2013.
Juan Catalan has been to many memorable games at Dodger Stadium. In the early 1980s, his Uncle Thomas took him to see Fernando Valenzuela pitch. Juan and his brother huddled in the cheap seats, passing binoculars back and forth as they marveled over the legendary Mexican player. And when he was 18, Juan was sitting in the left-field pavilion when — in the bottom of the ninth inning — “a Joe Schmo from the Dodger bench” blasted a two-run homer. As it sailed into the stands, Juan was there to catch the ball. But neither of those moments are as poignant as his May 12, 2003, outing to see his beloved Los Angeles Dodgers. His team lost 11-4 to the Atlanta Braves, but the game would help save his life.