Sometimes one run is all you need and it was all the Dodgers needed on Tuesday night to defeat the White Sox 1-0 to record their tenth consecutive win. Clayton Kershaw tossed seven shutout innings to extend his winning streak to eleven consecutive decisions. The Dodgers have now won 30 of their last 34 games and have not lost consecutive games since the beginning of June.
The Dodgers played a sloppy game as the bats were unable to capitalize on opportunities against opposing starter Miguel Gonzalez throughout the game. The Dodgers left 11 men on base, were 1 for 10 with runners in scoring position, grounded into four double plays, and left the bases loaded three different times. They made two defensive errors and yet still won the game. Even when the Dodgers play poorly they still win. Me thinks this is their year.
Dodgers 1 9 2
White Sox 0 8 0
The only run of the game came on an RBI single from Cody Bellinger in the opening frame. Chris Taylor starts the game by reaching on an infield single and then stole second base. Corey Seager walked, and after Justin Turner struck out, Cody Bellinger singled up the middle to score Taylor and give the Dodgers an early lead. It looked like the Dodgers would score many more runs, but that did not happen. The bats just couldn’t get anything going all night. Gonzalez walked five in six innings, but got had his two-seamer working well and was able to wiggle out of jams all night long.
Double play 1-
That came in the first inning when Joc Pederson grounded into a 3-6-1 DP to end the first inning.
Meanwhile Kershaw was in control for most of the game. Despite allowing a single, walk, and a stolen base in the first inning he was able to get out of it. Kershaw racked up two more whiffs in the second despite allowing a single to Tyler Saladino, and a catcher’s interference on Kevan Smith.
Double play 2-
The second double play came in the top of the third for the Dodgers. Taylor singled again, and was immediately erased when Seager grounded into a 3-6 DP. Turner then doubled, but after an intentional walk to Bellinger and an unintentional walk to Logan Forsythe, Joc was struck out.
Move to the bottom of the fourth. It was Kershaw’s turn to induce a double play as the Dodgers turned the tables on the Pale Hose. Smith grounded into the double play after Yolmer Sanchez had singled. There would be more double plays and runners left stranded.
Double play 3-
The third double play for the Dodgers came in the top of the fifth. Seager doubled, and after Turner struck out again, Bellinger walks. Forsythe would then ground into the 6-4-3 double play. You know just to mix it up a bit.
Kershaw worked out of some trouble in the bottom of the sixth. After he struck out Jose Abreu, he gave up consecutive singles to Avisail Garcia and Matt Davidson. For some reason Saladino tried to bunt. Not sure if this was a safety squeeze, but Grandal catches the pop up for the second out. Sanchez then grounds out to third and the Dodgers are out of it.
Move to the bottom of the seventh. With the Dodgers still up 1-0, Kershaw gets Smith and Adam Engal to ground out. Tim Anderson bangs a single into left, but with juicer Cabrera at the plate he picks off Anderson to end the inning.
Double play 4-
Top of the eighth: Of course the game couldn’t end without the Dodgers grounding into yet another double play. In this frame Bellinger and Forsythe single and the White Sox have Dan Jennings intentionally walk Kike to load the bases. With nobody out, Grandal strikes out and Yasiel Puig grounds into the inning ending more standard 4-3 double play.
Pedro Baez pitched a scoreless bottom of the eighth, but not without some fright. Melky Cabrera’s line drive to right field looked like a sure hit, but Puig laid out like superman to make an incredibly awesome full extension catch. As Oscar would say….And then Puig happened. Damn right he did.
Baez got through the rest of the inning without issue. The Dodgers go down in the top of the ninth without scoring and in comes Kenley Jansen to pitch the bottom of the ninth with the Dodgers leading 1-0. There was no room for error.
Davidson would lead off the ninth with a long drive to deep left that Taylor caught in front of the wall. It was just a loud out thankfully. Kenley quiets the crowd by getting pinch-hitter Alen Hanson to ground out. Sanchez would single to keep the White Sox hope alive. But not for long as Kenley would whiff Omar Narvaez to end the game. Dodgers win! Ten in a row!
Chris Taylor had one heck of a game going 4 for 5 with three singles and a double. He scored a run, stole a base and is now batting .300 on the season.
Kershaw’s pitching line: 7 IP 0 ER 7H 1 BB 7 K ERA-2.07