The Dodgers finally got off the floor on Sunday afternoon and defeated the Arizona Dbacks 7-2 to snap a franchise record eleven game losing streak versus the Snakes. On Jackie Robinson Day they made Jackie proud by jumping out to a 7-0 lead early and never relinquishing. Clayton Kershaw tossed seven innings of one-run ball with 12 strikeouts to earn his first win of the season. The win saves the Dodgers from a series sweep as they improve to 5-9 on the season.
Today, the Dodgers placed Logan Forsythe on the 10-day DL (right shoulder inflammation) and recalled infielder Breyvic Valera (#33) from Triple-A Oklahoma City.
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) April 15, 2018
The Dodger offense looked alive against mound opponent Zack Godley, who was far from Godley. Even with the news that Logan Forsythe was placed on the disabled list with shoulder inflammation the boys still bounced back in a big way. The Dodgers called up minor league infielder and powerhouse Breyvic Valera from Oklahoma City to replace him on the roster. He made his MLB debut later in the game and drew a walk. The following inning he played second base. In today’s match Enrique Hernandez manned the hot corner with Chase Utley at second.
Dodgers 7 8 1
Dbacks 2 4 1
The Dodgers scored one run in the second, and three in the third. They added one in the fourth and two more in the fifth. Lack of command was Godley’s undoing after issuing six free passes to the Dodgers. He walked two in the second inning along with a Nick Ahmed error on a Yasiel Puig grounder loaded the bases. Hernandez’s sacrifice fly plated the first run of the game.
Godley walked four in the bottom of the third inning and Puig’s two-run single into center scored two to give the Dodgers a 3-0 lead. One of the four walks was a Chase Utley bases loaded free pass that forced in a run. There were no walks in the bottom of the fourth to the Dodger hitters but Chris Taylor smashed his third home run of the season, a bomb into the left field pavilions. That made the score 5-0.
In the meantime, Kershaw was cruising along. He struck out Ketel Marte and Paul Goldschmidt in the top of the first inning. Kersh struck out Chris Owings and Daniel Descalso in the second frame. He notched two more punch-outs (Jeff Mathis, Godley) in the third inning, and A.J. Pollack and Descalso again in the fourth. The fifth inning saw the Snakes strike out twice more, and David Peralta and Marte again in the top of the sixth. Up until the seventh inning, vintage Kershaw had allowed just one hit, (A Peralta double in the third). Goldschmidt homered in the top of the seventh to cut the lead to 7-1, but Kershaw finished the frame without allowing anything else. Kershaw’s final pitching line looked like this: 7 IP 2H 1ER 1HR 0 BB 12K.
Kershaw’s performance was masterful and the Dodger bats continued to back him up. In the bottom of the fifth a double from Utley, single from Barnes and another double from Taylor scored two additional runs which put the boys in blue up by seven runs at the time. Taylor was 2 for 5 with three runs driven in and Cody Bellinger had two hits as well. The Dodgers were 3 for 10 with runners in scoring position.
Pedro Baez pitched a scoreless eighth inning notching two strikeouts of his own and Ross Stripling pitched the top of the ninth, and got the job done despite giving everyone a little scare. In the final frame, Peralta doubled and Marte reached on a ground ball single to center. Peralta scored to make the score 7-2. After Stripling pitched around Goldschmidt, Pollack flied to left. There was a pick-off tag play review that went against the Dodgers, but Descalso pops out and Owings grounds into a force to end the game.
Perhaps the real MVPs of the game were my girlfriend and I. While I may be horrible luck from the comforts of my living room, at the Ravine I’m actually a good luck charm. I haven’t seen a loss in person since 2016. I’ve got a good winning streak going. Maybe I should fly to San Diego on Monday? Shout-out to the Helpful Honda people for paying for everyone’s parking. If you don’t think it’s a thing, then let me tell that it is for real.
The Dodgers head south for a three-game series against the Padres in a battle for the NL West basement. Which club will claim the honor of fourth place? Tune in tomorrow to find out. Hyun-jin Ryu takes the mound for the Dodgers in the series opener. The Friars will give the ball to a lefty, Robbie Erlin with first pitch scheduled for 7:10 PM PST.