Jake Arrieta hasn’t lost a game yet this season, but the Dodgers have played well on the road, and their lineup finally reflected something I have advocated for weeks – the dumping of Justin Turner out of the top third of the lineup.
The change only came about because JT was getting a rest, but either way, I liked the Dodgers’ chances with Adrian Gonzalez batting third, and the young power hitters, Joc Pederson and Trayce Thompson, batting behind him. Scott Kazmir was on the mound for the boys. Here’s how it played out.
Scott Kazmir delivered well in the first three innings, keeping the Cubs scoreless. Unfortunately, Arrieta was performing as advertised, and shutting down the Dodgers as well.
4th inning No score
Scott Kazmir was visited by the Dodgers’ trainer at the mound before the inning. They checked something on his pitching hand and Kazmir went back to work. He began the inning at 54 pitches.
He kept the Cubs scoreless again, and recorded his fifth strike out.
5th inning No score
Kazmir mowed the Cubs down once again.
6th inning No score
Dexter Fowler gave the Wrigley faithful a thrill, and the Dodgers Nation a scare when he took a Kazmir pitch all the way to the center field wall, but it stayed in and Pederson made the catch.
Ten straight retired, only one hit, and no score on 89 pitches for Kazmir.
Would the Dodgers score and get a lead for him?
7th inning No score
The Dodgers finally got something going against Arrieta. Arrieta got the first two Dodgers out, and then walked three straight (Carl Crawford on four pitches) to load the bases.
Justin Turner came up. Quickly he was down two strikes, and then watched a borderline pitch land for a called third strike. Turner had to absolutely protect the plate, and protect the inning at that point, but he didn’t. The Dodgers were done, nobody scored.
Kazmir out and Joe Blanton in.
Blanton held them scoreless.
Jake Arrieta out now. Clayton Richard in.
New pitcher and the top of the Dodgers order.
Chase Utley got a lead off single to right.
Corey Seager with an infield single! Two on and nobody out.
Adrian Gonzalez went to left with a solid single! Dodgers on the board 1-0
Joc Pederson with a deep fly out to advance Seager to third. Trayce Thompson walked to load the bases again.
Howie Kendrick with a RBI sac fly to score Thompson. 2-0
Blanton still in.
Easy inning for Joe.
9th inning Dodgers 2-0
Carl Crawford opened with a single.
Enrique Hernandez followed with a single. Crawford was going on the pitch, so he ended up at third.
Corey Seager blasted a deep home run to the scoreboard in right field to score three and break the game open! 5-0
Adam Liberatore in. Three up, three down.
The Dodgers win! 5-0
Scott Kazmir paired his fastball with an excellent change up to match Jake Arrieta, scoreless inning for scoreless inning. For the first seven innings the Dodgers were kept quiet, as expected, but once Arrieta left the game, the Boys in Blue got to work.
The Dodgers’ lineup with the new and improved front four batters came through to start the rally in the 8th, and got the team on the board. Turner will probably be back in the lineup tomorrow, but I just gotta hope Dave Roberts is going to take a fresh look at the team, and keep Turner in the lower third of the batting order, where he truly belongs.
Scott Kazmir went 6 innings with 1 hit, 0 runs, 1 walk and 7 Ks. ERA 4.38
Home run: Corey Seager
Team with RISP: 2 for 7 Better tonight.