The Dodgers had their best pitcher on the mound in Clayton Kershaw facing the Dodgers achilles heel in a left hander named Clayton Richard. Petco park is looking more like a home game for the boys in blue these days. The game started off slow with Kershaw on the mound overmatching the Padres. The Dodgers right handed lineup had to figure out Richard and his funky delivery.
In the fourth inning the game finally picked up. Justin Turner singled followed by a walk by Franklin Gutierrez. Of course the man of the rookie phenom Cody Bellinger singled in a run. Yasiel Puig singled later in the inning to collect an RBI. Dodgers took a 3-0 lead.
In the top of the 5th, Kiki Hernandez doubled in two runs to give the Dodgers a 5-0 lead and you figure the game was over at that point. The Dodgers knocked Richard out and to no one surprise Kershaw won the duel between the Claytons. Franklin Gutierrez left the game with an apparent minor injury. Later confirmed to be hip tightness. Another DL stint I bet. Kershaw was overwhelming the Padres for 7 innings.
In the 8th inning Kershaw allowed a solo shot to Ryan Schimpf who actually has hit Kershaw well. The Padres should’ve started Schimpf. In the ninth with the game well in hand a moment occurred for the Dodgers and a young phenom.
Cody Bellinger who hit two homers yesterday, then proceeded to hit a grand slam. That slam cemented his hot start and his knack for dramatics. His bunts to get on base show his mental acumen for the game. Bellinger is here to stay. The Dodgers have to make room for him. This weekend in San Diego a star is born.
Weather permitting we will see if we have a game tomorrow. The Dodgers won a laugher 10-2. Kershaw rebounded from his bad start against the Giants. He improved to 5-2 on the year. The Dodgers will go for a sweep tomorrow if they play a game.