The Los Angeles Dodgers struggled once again against lefties yesterday and followed it up with a predictable 3-0 loss. The Dodgers had their right handed line-up against the New York Yankees C.C. Sabathia who turned into the Sabathia of old against the boys in blue. The Dodgers hoped to rebound in the rubber match with Clayton Kershaw taking the mound. This was a matinee affair with Michael Pineda on the mound for the Bronx Bombers.
Kershaw was making his second start since returning. His last start against the Miami Marlins he went three innings and gave up five hits and two runs taking the loss. On the season he is 11-3 with a 1.81 ERA. Michael Pineda of the Yankees has underwhelmed this season with a record of 6-11 with a 4.94 ERA. What ended up breaking out was a pitchers duel and two rain delays. This game wasn’t much of a rumble in the Bronx as both teams couldn’t hit water if they fell out of a boat. An old Tommy Lasagna saying.
Since scoring 6 runs in 1st 3 innings of this series, #Dodgers are 11 for 75 (.147) with 2 runs scored in next 21 innings
— Bill Plunkett (@billplunkettocr) September 14, 2016
Kershaw was a lot sharper in this game. The game was stopped twice due to rain. Kershaw ended up going five innings yielding one hit and striking out five. Meanwhile Michael Pineda ended up going four innings giving up two hits and two walks. He left the game early due to an injury. The Yankees bullpen pitched the rest of the game just like the Dodgers bullpen did once Kershaw left.
In the fourth inning with runners on 2nd and 3rd for the Dodgers and one out Andre Eithier grounded into a double play. In the bottom of the fifth inning with Kershaw pitching a perfect game, Starlin Castro of the Yankees reached 1st base on an error by Justin Turner. Chase Headley then followed that up with a single to break up the no-hitter. Didi Gregorious then sacrificed the runners over. Kershaw then came back and struck out the next two hitters to preserve the shutout.
In the bottom of the 7th inning, two runners were on with Pedro Baez on the mound facing Gregorious. Baez got him to fly out. Then Luis Avilan came in and got Brian McCann to fly out. In the ninth inning is where all the action took place.
The inning started with Delin Betances facing Corey Seager. Seager reached first on an error by Starlin Castro. Seager then stole 2nd. Then Justin Turner came and delivered a double to score Seager.
Dodgers take a 1-0 lead on Justin Turner's double.
— Bryan Hoch (@BryanHoch) September 14, 2016
On the double by Turner when he slid into second his head hit Starlin Castro’s leg. Turner seemed to have some neck discomfort. Then Adrian Gonzalez line out advanced Turner to third. Yasmani Grandal came up and hit a grounder to Betances who tried to get out Turner at home and threw it to the backstop. Turner scored to make it 2-0. The Dodgers scored two runs because of two errors by the Yankees. Kenley Jansen then came in and got the save for the Dodgers. There seemed to be a lot of life in Jansen’s fastball. The Dodgers take the series from the Yankees and coupled with the Giants getting swept by the San Diego Padres, the Dodgers are 5 games up in the NL West and the magic number is 13.
— Bill Shaikin (@BillShaikin) September 15, 2016
The immediate concern is the status of Justin Turner.
"I jammed up my neck a little bit," Justin Turner tells @alannarizzo after the game. "I'll probably be a little bit sore tonight."
— Eric Stephen (@truebluela) September 15, 2016
Well since hearing that I can sleep well tonight. So it’s on to Arizona.