LOS ANGELES, CA — An hour and a half before the Dodgers took the field on Saturday, the first wave of loud cheers was heard throughout Dodger Stadium. The early commotion had nothing to do with something that occurred in the stadium, but instead what was taking place nearly 400 miles north in San Francisco.
The fans had just finished watching Wilmer Flores fly out to center field in the 10th inning as the Giants fell to the Padres. Those cheers extended into the home clubhouse, where all of the Dodgers players were watching. Just like that, the Dodgers had an opportunity to make the final game of the regular season interesting, provided they could pick up a win of their own in the middle game against the Brewers.
Sure enough, Los Angeles gave the fans plenty of more reasons to cheer as they stayed hot at the plate and Julio Urías won his 20th game of the season in the 8-3 victory over Milwaukee on Saturday at Dodger Stadium.
With the win, the Dodgers picked up their 105th victory of the season, the most by any defending champion since 1969. But more importantly, they now head into the last day of the regular season one game back of the Giants in the National League West race.