Tonight brought the first visit of the Zinzinatti Reds (as the venerable Vin Skully calls them) to Chavez Ravine. The Reds had only won three road games up to this point, and sat 16 games behind the Cubs. How would they fare running into the buzzsaw known as Clayton Kershaw?
Kershaw, for once was not trying to stop a losing streak. He was actually trying to build upon yesterday’s marathon over the Padres and get a humble two-game winning streak going.
Here’s how it went down.
Zack Cozart, the Reds lead off man, hit a first pitch double. Was it an omen?
Not for this inning, it wasn’t.
Kershaw had been (mostly) Kershaw for the first three innings. However, only one K.
Kershaw with a lead off single – also the Dodgers’ first hit.
Justin Turner DP to kill the inning.
4th inning No score
Nothing. Now three games in a row the Dodgers have not scored in at least the first four innings.
5th inning No score
Clayton Kershaw was on and running wild! I guess he figured if he don’t score, we don’t score.
6th inning No score
3 up, 3 down. Kershaw has settled in and retired eight in a row.
Justin Turner walked.
Advanced to second on a bad pick-off throw.
Adrian Gonzalez check swing bop for a base hit.
First and third for Howie Kendrick.
DP but score Turner. 1-0
7th inning Dodgers 1-0
Kershaw vs Reds – 11 in a row. 5 Ks
8th inning Dodgers 1-0
Kershaw vs Reds – 14 in a row
9th inning Dodgers 1-0
Kershaw vs Reds-
To chants of “MVP” Clayton Kershaw struck out two more and got a fly ball to Puig for the final out.
17 Reds sat down in a row, 102 pitches.
Kershaw – errrrrrr – Dodgers Win! 1-0
Clayton started out a little roughly – at least by his standards – but settled into a groove soon enough. By the fourth he was mowing down Reds quickly and efficiently.
At one point he was running and sliding around the bases like Bugs Bunny. And just like we believed with Bugs, we believed Kershaw could do it all. He did enough tonight to continue his utterly unconscious 2016.
On the other hand, the rest of the Dodgers are apparently unconscious in the bad way. For the third game in a row, the offense did not score through the first five innings. After scoring one run on an “excuse me” swing by AGone, the bats went right back to sleep for the rest of the game.
This was due to the fact that:
- Roberts and Co. continue to bat the mostly unproductive Justin Turner (0 for 2 with a walk) at the top of the order.
- They continue to bat powerless Adrian Gonzalez at the top of the order.
- They continue to sit their home run leader (Joc Pederson) against left handed pitching.
I don’t see anything igniting offensively until these things change.
Clayton Kershaw went all 9 with 2 hits, 1 walk, 7 Ks. ERA 1.48
Team with RISP: 1 for 7 See above.