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Dodgers 6, Cardinals 0: Andre Ethier Is Still Alive, Clayton Kershaw Is Still Ridiculous

In baseball, it’s foolish to call any game a done deal before it even gets started, but with the way Clayton Kershaw has been pitching lately, I couldn’t fault you for saying it today. And all Kershaw did was continue his recent run of absolute dominance, throwing seven more scoreless innings against the Cardinals who beat him up so badly in the NLCS last year. Kershaw has now thrown 28 innings since allowing his last run, which scored on June 13th.

Kershaw lowered his season ERA to 2.04, and his season FIP down to 1.48. He struck out thirteen batters against two walks. Eight of the strikeouts were on his slider, three on his fastball, and two on the curve. It’s hard to put how good he has been into words. After today’s seven innings, he’s only 4-2/3 innings shy of qualifying for the ERA title. Even if he’s not quite “qualified” yet, he overtook Adam Wainwright for the NL lead in pitching fWAR with today’s effort. In June, Kershaw allowed three runs, struck out 61 batters and walked four. Just incredible.

Of course, Kershaw needs offense, too. At first, it didn’t look like he would get it. In Shelby Miller‘s first trip through the Dodger order, Kershaw was the only baserunner (he walked). The offense finally got a hit in the fourth inning, as Adrian Gonzalez bunted to beat the shift. Kemp singled over Mark Ellis‘ head to drive in Yasiel Puig, who reached base on a walk. Juan Uribe drove in Gonzalez on a sacrifice fly to plate the second run of the inning.

The fifth and final inning of Miller’s day was even worse, as the Dodgers scored four more runs. Puig doubled on a routine base hit to left, as he tends to do. Gonzalez drove in Puig with a single, then Kemp doubled Gonzalez to third. That set the stage for Andre Ethier. Since June 16th, Ethier has hit .188/.212/.219. Extending the window back to May 28th doesn’t do him any favors; Ethier hit .200/.244/.259 in that span with no home runs. But with runners on second and third with two outs, Andre Ethier hit a home run to right-center field to put the Dodgers ahead by six. Miller exited after the inning. He allowed six runs, striking out four (three in the first inning) and walked three.

After Ethier’s homer, the only other drama of the day was seeing if the Dodgers would set Scott Van Slyke‘s foot on fire. It’ll be worth seeking out a video replay of Scully’s call of the situation if it is posted online.

And of course, the Giants lost today, so the Dodgers are now “tied” for first place (the Giants still technically lead in winning percentage) after being behind by 9-1/2 games three weeks ago. They’ll try to continue their string of victories against Corey Kluber, one of the better pitchers in baseball so far this year, tomorrow night.


About

Daniel Brim grew up in the Los Angeles area and remains a Dodger fan despite currently residing in Salem, MA. As an engineer, he’s fascinated by the math and science behind the game of baseball, which probably explains a lot. He started “Blog To The Score” in late 2013 to dig deeper into the numbers behind the Dodgers. In its brief lifespan, it gained attention from local and national media. You can find him spending too much time in the comments section or on Twitter.


426 comments
Tony Fernandez (MSTY Most Informative Poster)
Tony Fernandez (MSTY Most Informative Poster)

This Kershaw not showing up on the WAR leaderboards because of lack of innings pitched reminds me of Hanley last year. 4th in the majors in WAR, in only about 70% of the time that other pitchers have had.

Disgruntled Goat
Disgruntled Goat moderator

we ready to make fun of the giants first place chemistry thing some more?

Disgruntled Goat
Disgruntled Goat moderator

i never did hear back from that nightengale guy. i just asked him how that worked out for him.

Ghost of Dang88
Ghost of Dang88

My gawd this team hates each other, they showed that with those horrible dance moves.

Lobo
Lobo

@DBrim I told my uncle about that and his first response was "next time they should try setting his beard on fire"

DBrim
DBrim moderator

They literally tried to set another player on fire

Jeremy_N
Jeremy_N

Not sure if this has been reported here or not. Vin Scully is going to be on the dan patrick show tomorrow morning.

DBrim
DBrim moderator

If only the Dodgers drafted him

Lobo
Lobo

@DBrim Then he'd have a hamstring injury too

 Kyle
Kyle

So what happened with VND and Chris Jackson?

M-P
M-P moderator

@Brooklyn Baby they were both in the wrong, let's leave it at that.

M-P
M-P moderator

who wants a bunch of words on chemistry? because they're scheduled for 8am PT

DBrim
DBrim moderator

I do I do

M-P
M-P moderator

@DBrim pfft, you could just read them now if you wanted

LA_Woman
LA_Woman

I'm leading. No, *I'm* leading.

M-P
M-P moderator

@LA_Woman just based on that URL I'm hoping it's "with anesthesia"

insideThePark
insideThePark

The new Transformers movie SURPRISINGLY had uneven storytelling, a plot full of holes and a number of mind-bendingly inconceivable scenes.

But lots of special effects and stuff blowing up. So...

insideThePark
insideThePark

Any House of Cards fans?

halfway thru season 1. trying so hard not to binge.

insideThePark
insideThePark

sunny, perfect day at DS makes SooHoo's job easy.

Purple Drank
Purple Drank

what the fuck is going on with my twitter feed

Lobo
Lobo

@Purple Drank And I think Chris Jackson may have just blocked her

insideThePark
insideThePark

eeesh.... she had a standing offer for free beer for him too.

insideThePark
insideThePark

I have a proposal that everyone should get a drinking card, similar to a driver license, to remit to a bartender on demand. chatty drunks, sleepy drunks, love everybody drunks get more lee-way

angry drunks, raging drunks etc. get cut off.

more beer sold at ballgames and less violence.

drinking profile ID cards FTW.

insideThePark
insideThePark

very cool. say hi to her and the little rebel for me.

Casey Goldman
Casey Goldman

Just saw X-Men: Days of Future Past.  It was some ol' bullshit.  The rest of the interwebs seems to be very high on this movie.  I'm wondering if anyone still here liked it and what they liked about it.

insideThePark
insideThePark

I liked it. Yes, continuity problems but let's assume the time travel changed everything and just be okay with that.

insideThePark
insideThePark

actually even X1 could be wiped, who says Wolverine doesn't join up some different time?

Lobo
Lobo

@TheDeliMan1 I enjoyed it but holy fucking god did they fuck up the continuity at the end

Lobo
Lobo

@TheDeliMan1 @Lobo As far as I can tell, everything from X2, X3, Origins, and The Wolverine has basically been wiped from the canon now.  And possibly X1 as well

Lobo
Lobo

@TheDeliMan1 @Lobo Actually I take that back, X1 can't have been wiped, if it was then Wolverine wouldn't be with the Xmen at all

insideThePark
insideThePark

#4 Jennifer Lawrence in body paint. nuff said.

insideThePark
insideThePark

#3 without giving away spoilers... SPOILER WARNING...

the X-Men struggling (to say the least) against the Sentinels (especially Storm near the end of the movie) was emotionally rough, near tragic.

insideThePark
insideThePark

#5 Adding a different wrinkle to the "frame story" style of storytelling with the Roberta Flack song waking up Logan at the beginning and end of the movie, a nice touch.