Tonight’s game was supposed to be the big showdown between the National League’s two big guns, Clayton Kershaw and Stephen Strasburg. It was a match up so anticipated, that Vin Scully braved a sore throat to come in to work. Like many of us, Scully was anticipating a great game.
However, none of that was to be, as Strasburg was scratched before game time with a sore back. On the bright side, we still had a Clayton Kershaw performance ahead of us.
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Justin Turner homered with two out to give the Dodgers the first lead of the game.
3rd inning Dodgers 1-0
Through the first three innings Kershaw sat the first nine batters he faced.
Corey Seager hit a ground rule double into Mannywood. He was brought in by an RBI single from Justin Turner. 2-0
5th inning Dodgers 2-0
Joc Peterson blasted a heatwave BOOM! It looked to me like it cleared the right field bullpen. 3-0
6th inning Dodgers 3-0
Kershaw kept them scoreless, with eight strikeouts and no walks. Bryce Harper: 0 for 3, with 3 Ks.
Corey Seager hit a gapper to left-center field, for his second double of the night.
7th inning Dodgers 3-0
Three singles scored a run, making it 3-1
With two out and a full count, Chase Utley singled up the middle to bring in a run. 4-1
8th inning Dodgers 4-1
Joe Blanton in to pitch.
Dodgers win! 4-1
Although we didn’t get the big showdown that we were hoping for, we did get an eight strikeout performance from Clayton Kershaw.
In addition, we were treated to Kenley Jansen breaking Eric Gagnê’s record, to become the all-time saves leader for the Los Angeles Dodgers.
The Dodgers offense remained just as hot as the city’s temperature. Justin Turner homered once again and had an RBI single. Joc Pederson also hit a mammoth home run in the fifth.
The Dodgers’ bullpen added to their NL’s best ERA numbers in keeping the Nationals scoreless.
Clayton Kershaw went 7 innings with 6 hits, 1 run, 0 walks, 8 Ks.
Home runs: Turner, Pederson
Doubles: Seager, Kendrick
Team with RISP: 2 for 6