The Dodgers finished the first half of the season today against the Angels. Deck McGuire faced off against Clayton Kershaw. This was the final game against the Angels for the season. All these games have been very closely contested games and the Dodgers needed to win today to even up the series with the Angels. If the Dodgers won today they would end the season 10 games above .500 and in first place in the NL West.
The Dodgers won, 5-3, and finished the first half alone atop the NL West. After starting this season 16-26, they went 37-17.
— Pedro Moura (@pedromoura) July 15, 2018
The Dodgers got the scoring started in the the bottom of the 2nd when Yasmani Grandal connected with a solo shot. Andrew Toles then reached on an infield single. Chris Taylor then hit a single. Kiki Hernandez hit a fly ball to score a run followed by a single by Clayton Kershaw to score a run to make the score 3-0. It looked good at that point with Kershaw on the mound.
Kershaw got into trouble in the 4th. Justin Upton hit an infield single followed by a single from Ian Kinsler. Jefry Marte then hit a three run shot to tie the score. Who in the heck is Jefry Marte? Kershaw wasn’t sharp today but he kept the Dodgers in the game as he struck out 8 batters. In the bottom of the 6th, Cody Bellinger hit a single then turned it into a double and the Dodgers looked like they were cooking. Bellinger ended up getting picked off. Bellinger had two hits on the day.
— Chad Moriyama (@ChadMoriyama) July 15, 2018
Yasmani Grandal then singled and he ended up reaching base four times today. Andrew Toles then hit into a double play. In the top of the 7th, Kersahw couldn’t finish off Mike Trout on some close calls. Kenta Maeda came in and hit Justin Upton on the first pitch to load the bases. Maeda then struck out Ian Kinsler. In the bottom of the 7th, Kiki Hernandez hit a a solo shot and the Dodgers took a 4-3 lead.
In the bottom of the 8th, the Dodgers added some insurance. Cody Bellinger hit a single. Yasmani Grandal then also hit a single. This happened with two outs. Andrew Toles then hit a single and the Dodgers led 5-3. Kenley Jansen came in and closed the deal. Now the All-Star break for four days. Hopefully Manny Machado will be a Dodger.