Before this series began, the Colorado Rockies young pitching staff was showing cracks, but they probably felt pretty good about themselves and their chances against the Dodgers. This early June series however, is serving notice to Colorado that climbing the mountain to the pennant is a long, tough road. And the Dodgers are a huge, home run hitting, excellent pitching, obstacle in their way.
Clayton Kershaw got the ball tonight, and he started out a bit shaky. He loaded the bases with one out in the first, but he is Clayton Kershaw after all, so he struck out the next two Rockies to get himself out of the jam. Pitch count:33
The Dodgers got on the board in the second. Logan Forsythe and Yasiel Puig walked, and Enrique Hernandez poked a single through shortstop to bring in Forsythe with the Dodgers’ first run of the night.
The Dodgers turned it on in the third, led off by red-hot Joc Pederson.
Coming into the fifth inning, Kershaw retired 11 Rockies in a row, with six strike outs, including striking out the side in the fourth. He got the first two out in the fifth to make it13 in a row, before giving up his first base hit in four-plus innings. He ended up surrendering two singles but that was it for the Rockies’ “threat”.
In the sixth, Kersh was right back at it, retiring the side and recording his 8th strike out. The trouble was that first inning ran his pitch count too high (33), so he finished the sixth at 103 pitches. The skipper sat Kersh and it was going to be up to the bullpen to preserve the win.
They did exactly that. Brandon Morrow, Pedro Baez and Sergio Romo combined to finish off the Rocks and get the Dodgers over the hump to their 50th win of the season. I liked the use of Romo in the ninth. It was his second night in a row out of the BP, and he was given the responsibility of closing. He did well last night, and tonight was a great opportunity for him to add to his confidence and that of his team behind him. Atta boy, Sergio!
Dodgers Win 4-0. They go for the their third series sweep in arow tomorrow. Don’t miss it!
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Sweet Sixteen: The Dodgers have hit home runs in 16 consecutive games. That ties them for third-longest streak in team history and second-longest since arriving in LA.
Sweeter 93: When given four runs, Clayton Kershaw is 93-0.
What a glove on the Wild Horse: Yasiel Puig came up with two outstanding catches in right field tonight.
Hold your horses: In a troubling development, Puig is showing signs of a tender hamstring. I’m hoping he gets the day off tomorrow.