Clayton Kershaw took the mound this morning, hoping to give the Dodgers a two-game winning streak.
The game featured a tweaked lineup for the Dodgers, with Adrian Gonzalez batting fifth for the first time this season. Trace Thompson moved up in the batting order to bat clean up.
They also sat Joc Pederson, despite his emergence from a slump, and two home run performance last night.
Men on the corners and two out for Adrian Gonzalez. You struck out, making it five strikeouts in a row, after earning a golden sombrero last night.
1,2,3 for Kershaw with two strikeouts.
Kershaw gave up a homer 1-0
5th inning Dbacks 1-0
Dodgers have done nothing up to this point.
Paul Goldschmit missed a homer by a couple of inches, but he got an RBI. 3-2
7th inning Dodgers 3-2
Kershaw,at 86 pitches, gave up a lead off double, but escaped trouble.
8th inning Dodgers 3-2
Dodgers offense back to sleep.
9th inning Dodgers 3-2
Kenley Jansen vs Dbacks
Dodgers win! 3-2
The Dodgers’ bats were quiet until the sixth, when they got Van Slyke’s three run homer in the sixth. The boys won, but there still remains the situation of very few rallies, and very few innings with scoring.
That said, today’s positives far outweigh the knocks. The Dodgers turned around a road trip that began roughly (two losses in SF), and ended things by taking two of three from Arizona.
Scott Van Slyke has missed most of the season with a back injury, and was experiencing a slow start in his return to the lineup. It was great to see SVS drive the ball deep for a home run and a double, especially on a day that it made all the difference. Hopefully, Van Slyke will build on today and get a hot streak going.
Kershaw maintained his dominant numbers, (11Ks, 1W) and held the Dbacks to two runs through seven. Kenley Jansen also imposed his will on the Diamondbacks, securing his 19th save of the season, and tying Eric Gagne at 161, for the most saves in Dodgers’ history.
Clayton Kershaw went 7 1/3 innings with 5 hits, 2 runs, 1 walk, 11 Ks, 1 HR. ERA 1.58
Home run: Scott Van Slyke
Team with RISP: 1 for 4