The Dodgers bullpen sat and waited to be called upon. Could they pulled off the Cubs if Kershaw had to make an early exit, or hold a slim lead and get the Dodgers to Kenley Jansen?
That question was partly answered quickly when the Dodgers failed to score despite loading the bases in the bottom of the first inning. In the meantime, Kershaw was looking pretty good early on. His fastball had good snap and the curve ball was dropping in nicely.
Max Muncy crushed a solo home run in the bottom of the third to put the Dodgers up two to zero. Kershaw gave up a double to start off the fourth, and he was driven in on a two out base hit to get the Cubs within one run. The Dodgers roared right back in their half of the fourth Austin Barnes led off with a base hit, and Kiké drove him home with a two out gapper to right CF
The Dodgers went up 3-1.
Clayton Kershaw finished Tuesday at just over 60 pitches and five complete innings, 4 hits, 6 Ks. He looked very good over the afternoon, despite an extended run of early baserunners. His curveball looked the best I’ve seen all season.
Walker Buehler took over in the sixth, and immediately gave up a solo home run to Almora. The Cubs were knocking Buehler’s pitches all around the park. Despite that, the Dodgers sent him out for the seventh inning. Buehler gave up a massive lead off double, which was cashed in by another double. He didn’t get a single out and was pulled with men on second and third, with the Cubs holding their first lead of the day, 4-3.
I can see allowing a crafty, grizzled veteran like Kershaw a rehab start at his home stadium. Doing it with young, inexperienced pitchers simply played out as a mess. Buehler hadn’t pitched since June 8th. Was sending him out in a close game against a big club like the Cubs really a smart move?
Erik Goeddel took over on the mound and the Cubs broke the game wide open with a bases clearing double by Anthony Rizzo. Chicago went up 8-3, but that didn’t last very long, as Goeddel quickly gave up a two run home run. Cubs up 10-3.
The Cubs added another run in the eighth, and Justin Turner had a two run blast in the ninth, but the game had already been over for a while. The Cubs won decisively and the Dodgers were left with too many wrong answers to their questions.