RF Yasiel Puig struck out three times against Giants RHP Tim Lincecum on Thursday in the Dodgers' 3-2 loss to the Giants. Puig, who homered in the Dodgers' only win of the three-game series, has only two three-strikeout games this season. Both came against the Giants. All-Star LHP Madison Bumgarner fanned Puig three times July 6.
3B Juan Uribe wasn't considered much of a defensive shortstop for the Giants before signing as a free agent with the Dodgers. A move to third base in Los Angeles changed that reputation big-time, however. Uribe was flawless in the field Thursday at San Francisco, moving him within three games of setting an all-time Dodgers record for fielding percentage among third basemen. Uribe, who has just five errors in 283 chances this season (.982 percentage), is trying to best the Los Angeles record of .978 set by 3B Adrian Beltre. Uribe could afford to make one more error in the Dodgers' final series against the Rockies and still set the record.
OF Andre Ethier is not likely to play again in the regular season, according to manager Don Mattingly. Ethier continues to have pain in the outside of his left ankle when making turns while running the bases. The Dodgers sent him back to Los Angeles for an MRI and CT scan Wednesday. The tests showed healing in the injured area, and the Dodgers have not ruled out Ethier for the postseason.
RHP Edinson Volquez might have pitched his way onto the postseason roster Thursday even without recording his first win as a Dodger. The club's fifth starter held the Giants to four hits over five innings, leaving a 2-2 tie after throwing just 74 pitches. Volquez is winless in six starts for the Dodgers, but he nonetheless is on a nice roll as the postseason approaches. He allowed just three earned runs in his past 11 1/3 innings. Likely to be used as a long reliever if he makes the postseason cut, Volquez has 17 strikeouts in his past 17 innings.
LHP Clayton Kershaw will be chasing two small pieces of history when he makes his last scheduled start of the regular season Friday night in Los Angeles against the Rockies. Kershaw can become the first pitcher since RHP Greg Maddux (1993-95) to record the best ERA in all of baseball for three consecutive seasons without working up much of a sweat. His lead over the current runner-up, Miami RHP Jose Fernandez, is so big -- 1.88 to 2.19 -- Kershaw could allow seven earned runs without recording an out and still finish ahead of the rookie, who is done for the season. Kershaw also will be attempting to be the first Dodgers pitcher since LHP Sandy Koufax in 1966 to complete a season with an ERA under 2.00. If Kershaw pitches seven innings -- his season average -- he would finish below 2.00 by allowing four earned runs or fewer. Kershaw is 9-5 with a 3.76 ERA in 22 career starts against the Rockies.