Ethier walkoff screencap

Dodgers 5, Angels 4: Clayton Kershaw is apparently human

It wasn’t a classic Clayton Kershaw game, and Andre Ethier came through — even if it wasn’t in his “Captain Clutch” fashion — but the Dodgers still pulled out a 5-4 win against the Angels on Tuesday night.

Ethier came in the ninth inning with runners on the corner and one out. He hit a weak chopper to David Freese at third base. Freese made a great attempt by bare-handing the ball, but Chris Iannetta — who hit a 2-run double off Kershaw early in the game — couldn’t hold onto the throw. Juan Uribe scored, but would have been out without the drop.

Speaking of Uribe, he got the Dodgers on the board with a 3-run home run after Kershaw allowed two early runs. It was a 447-foot blast to the pavilion in left field. JAZZ HANDS!

It’s fun we can be “disappointed” by a Kershaw performance like this, but here we are: 7 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 7 K, 8/0 GO/AO.

We really shouldn’t be surprised, but it’s amazing how much importance all managers place on saves. In the top of the eighth inning, Brian Wilson was brought into pitch to Mike Trout, Albert Pujols and Josh Hamilton. He got Trout to fly out, but went 3-2 on Pujols before throwing a lifeless 91 MPH fastball down the middle. Pujols deposited it into the Dodgers’ bullpen. Now, there’s no saying Kenley Jansen, who struck out the side on 11 pitches, wouldn’t have suffered the same fate, but the Dodgers’ chance of success is much greater with Jansen facing that trio than Wilson, who has struggled to be anything close to good the entire season. This isn’t an indictment on Don Mattingly (OK, maybe a little), but the save statistic in general.

Oh, and Joaquin Benoit would have looked pretty good facing Trout-Pujols-Hamilton in the eighth, but the asking price must have been, inexplicably, too high. The Padres are a mess. But I digress.

One more detour before the highly anticipated conclusion, courtesy of The Conman.

The Dodgers (64-50) travel down I-5 (I know SoCal folks call it The 5) to Anaheim continue the Freeway Series (or start a new one? Who knows) against the Angels (67-45). Dan Haren (8-9, 4.76 ERA) takes on Matt Shoemaker (9-3, 4.09). First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. AHT. Oh, and the Eastern time zone can pound sand (sorry Mike and Daniel).

The Dodgers were nice enough to sweep the Giants the weekend I got married. Maybe they can deliver a win on my birthday. With Haren going, I’m not holding my breath.


About

Dustin Nosler began writing about the Dodgers in July 2009 at his blog, Feelin’ Kinda Blue. He co-hosts a weekly podcast with Jared Massey called “Dugout Blues.” He does contracts and depth charts for FanGraphs and is a contributor/editor at The Hardball Times. He graduated from California State University, Sacramento, with his bachelor’s degree in journalism and a minor in digital media. While at CSUS, he worked for the student-run newspaper The State Hornet for three years, culminating with a 1-year term as editor-in-chief. He resides in Stockton, Calif., and has yet to be shot.


340 comments
Catfishin
Catfishin

@poop comes from the Bartolo Colon I wish I could run without having my shins and ankles hurt like crazy the next day. Do you have any medical remedies, doc? Anything more than 5 miles and I'm basically out of commission for a week.

Disappointed and Unhappy Bastard
Disappointed and Unhappy Bastard

Re:  Mike's article about Cutch's fractured rib...  I've had that.  And it SUUUUUUCKS!  Every damned breath expands your rib cage and brings pain.

tsneddy
tsneddy

Football starts today for me...any other hang egg coaches on this wonderful site

BlueMarvin (Not Freaking Out)
BlueMarvin (Not Freaking Out)

If Greinke opts out after 2015, and then we end up facing him with Kershaw on our side that day, I'm honestly not sure if such a game would be 1) exciting, or 2) sad.

Jeremy_N
Jeremy_N

am i correct that Greinke will be starting on Saturday the 9th in Milwaukee and Kershaw Sunday the 10th? 

tpmerrill
tpmerrill

Over/Under on # of HRs allowed by Haren tonight?

Hoze
Hoze

@tpmerrill as long as theyre with noone on base Im ok with 3-4 of them. 

DINGERS!
DINGERS!

More like how many innings? DO YOU WANT TO KNOW THE TERRIFYING TRUTH?

LET'S SEE THESE DODGERS HIT SOME DINGERS!

West Coast Ram
West Coast Ram

The term closer should never be used for your best reliever and the criteria for a "save" should be modified.  The game can be saved in the 7th inning with two on and no outs as easily as the 9th.  Why smart managers don't use their best reliever in high leverage situations instead of based on the inning is crazy.  I know captain obvious.

BlueMarvin (Not Freaking Out)
BlueMarvin (Not Freaking Out)

Just so I'm not blindsided if it happens... if there ANY chance the Giants claim Hamels and then actually work out a trade for him?

DBrim
DBrim moderator

Claim yes, trade probably not.

DBrim
DBrim moderator

Er, wrong reminder

Hoze
Hoze

@DBrim ?? Kershaw's GB% is really good?

thestevesaxtrio
thestevesaxtrio

Favorite parts of last night: 


1. Kershaw rebounding after a tough start to finish really strong

2. Kemp running around the bases like a maniac



thestevesaxtrio
thestevesaxtrio

quick heads up (not a complaint) that I have to clear my cache pretty much daily to get new content. Not sure if it's my computer or somethign going on with the site - but doesn't happen elsewhere.