The final game of Gotham City vs the City of the Angels brought with it another great marquee matchup: Clayton Kershaw vs King Kong, Bartolo Colòn.
This one was going to be well worth the watch (if you’re one of the 40% of LA residents lucky enough to have access to the Dodgers on tv). Here’s what happened.
Two pitches, two singles.
Justin Turner up. Base hit! One run in.
Yasmani Grandal – three run bomb! Dodgers up 4-0.
2nd inning Dodgers 4-0
Chase Utley with a solo bomb to the Endless Dodger Dogs pavilion. 5-0
5th inning Dodgers 5-0
Pitch check: Kershaw 56, Colon 58 – but that’s the only thing close between these two pitchers tonight.
8th inning. Dodgers 5-0
Kershaw has sat the Mets down like an outs machine.
Nothing much happened offensively for the Dodgers since the onslaught in the first two innings.
9th inning Dodgers 5-0
Kershaw dominated, and finished the game out, his second CG of the season, 14th of his career.
Dodgers Win 5-0
Clayton Kershaw was magnificent and almost flawless tonight. At times he almost seemed to be toying with the Mets hitters. His curve ball was working tonight, and when it is on, it is a beautiful thing to behold. He even inspired the HP ump tonight to add extra oomph! to his strike three calls when Kershaw struck someone out with that magnificent, sweeping curve.
Although the offense scored five runs tonight, they fell into a troubling pattern that I’ve seen too many times this season: They strike and score early, and then the bats just shut down for the rest of the game. Do they get complacent? Do they lose focus? Who knows. What I do know is sometimes this costs them games when the bullpen can’t hold the lead.
Luckily Kershaw was dominant tonight, so those runs held up. He also provided needed rest for the boys in the pen and after the come one-come all bullpen blowout last night.
The Dodgers split the series with the Mets, and turn to face the Cheatin’ Cardinals tomorrow night.
Clayton Kershaw (5-1) tossed 109 pitches for a CG with 3 hits, 0 runs, 1 walk, 13 K’s. ERA 1.74
Home runs: Grandal, Utley
Team with RISP – 2 for 3 <— When this is fixed, everything else takes care of itself.