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Dodgers 5, Brewers 1: Clayton Kershaw, complete player

Clayton Kershaw was his usual awesome self, and Adrian Gonzalez provided some early offense for the Dodgers in a series-salvaging 5-1 win in Milwaukee on Sunday.

Kershaw finished the day with this line: 8 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 6 K, 6/5 GO/AO, 100 pitches, 66 strikes.

The strikeouts were down a bit from normal, and he allowed two walks, but it was good enough to stop the Dodgers’ brief 2-game losing streak. Oh, and there was also this ridiculous play by the best pitcher on the planet and MVP candidate (foreshadowing for a post tomorrow).

Yep, he’s pretty good. That inning began with a flare double by Rickie Weeks. He was at third base with one out and Jean Segura at the plate. He tried a squeeze bunt that went foul up the first base line. The second attempt is captured in the GIF.

Kerhsaw even added an RBI single in the eighth inning that gave the Dodgers their fifth run of the day.

Kershaw walked the first batter he faced in Carlos Gomez, but he didn’t get any help from A.J. Ellis. On 2-2, Kershaw threw a borderline strike with his slider. Ellis’ inability to frame the pitch cost the Dodgers a strike, an out and ultimately, a run. In hindsight, it wasn’t that big a deal, but in a closer game, that could be a difference-making play. I know pitch-framing ability is probably overblown a little bit, but this is a prime example of why it’s so important.

Gonzalez continued his hot streak with two doubles and two RBIs. Since July 12, Gonzalez is hitting .333/.394/.548 (not including today’s game). With Hanley Ramirez having just gone on the disabled list, the Dodgers are going to need Gonzalez to keep up the hot hitting. Quietly, Ramirez’s replacement Miguel Rojas went 3-for-5 with a double. Sure, the first two hits were a bunt and infield single, but Rojas should get ample time at shortstop while Ramirez is out. Mmm, plus-defense at shortstop. But no, he won’t be the Dodgers’ shortstop in 2015.

It’s been a struggle on both sides of the ball for Ellis this season, but he finally got off the home run schnide by hitting his first one of the season in the eighth inning off Brewers’ reliever Marco Estrada. YayJ! He nearly hit a second home run in the ninth inning, but it was a foot or two short.

The Dodgers (67-52) travel to Atlanta where newest Dodger Kevin Correia (5-13, 4.94 ERA) will likely get a spot-start for the Dodgers against Braves’ ace Julio Tehran (10-8, 2.92 ERA). First pitch is scheduled for 4:10 p.m. Pacific. If the Royals take down the Giants (KC up 7-4 in the eighth at press time), the Dodgers’ lead in the National League West will be a season-high 4 1/2 games.


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.


561 comments
KMT59
KMT59

I was just looking at the scheduling by Friday we will have played 3 more game the the Gnats again

West Coast Ram
West Coast Ram

Going to see Lee pitch tonight in Vegas, excited to see him live.

BIah
BIah

I'm heading back east tomorrow for another round of college.  It was great spending another summer with you guys....Dodgers didn't have quite as dramatic a run this year as they did last but they are all the same sitting 4 games comfortably in first.  I'm not going to take another leave of absence but I don't know how much I'll be able to come on in the next several weeks.  I'll definitely be around for the playoffs, though.  Go Dodgers!

Chavez Ravine Fiend
Chavez Ravine Fiend

@LA_Woman I might be going to the game Friday too. idk about you but I am VERY dissapointed that the Correa trade pushed Kershaw to Saturday. I wanted to see my BOY pitch

Kewldood69
Kewldood69

Sooo, is Correia here for one start and then DFA city?

BIah
BIah

@LA_Woman

heheh challenging Kershaw.  What exactly is a pitch-off?

Chavez Ravine Fiend
Chavez Ravine Fiend

@LA_Woman didn't know boys and girls could play together in LL, its a good thing shes dominating tho showing that she belongs there

LASports96
LASports96

@LA_Woman I seen the highlights, she looked very good, actually (pitching wise, pervs)

LA_Woman
LA_Woman

@BIah Safe travels, Blah de Blah, We'll miss you. Glad you'll be around a little more this time, but, you know... have no qualms about dumping us if we get in the way of your studies. <3

ThtsaPaddlin
ThtsaPaddlin

@BIah The second year of college is where you really start learning how to play the game, i.e. maximizing success with minimal effort. See you around. 

Exhuasted Maths Cat
Exhuasted Maths Cat

Yep. It's not specifically boys, and there isn't a girls baseball league.

KMT59
KMT59

@LA_Woman @Chavez Ravine Fiend And I'm saying Thank You, Thank You, Thank you, instead of having hernandez, Haren, Ryu, Hernandez....I now have Ryu, Kershaw, Haren, Ryu

scottyc35
scottyc35

@Disgruntled Goat @Kewldood69 @LASports96 August 6: 6 innings, 3 runs in a 5-4 loss. July 31: 6 innings, one run in a 6-3 loss. July 7: 7 innings, 2 runs in a 2-0 loss. July 2: 6 innings, 2 runs in a 4-0 loss. June 16: 6 innings, 1 run in a 1-0 loss. You gotta remember, he'd been playing for one of the worst teams in baseball. click on that link and see for yourself

scottyc35
scottyc35

@LASports96 @scottyc35 @Disgruntled Goat @Kewldood69 of course, but the Twins would take a lower level prospect, or cash... they wanted to get rid of him anyway, he's been decent for us but is not a part of the Twins' future (nor is he part of the Dodgers' future, but he might help us for 2 months)