Dodgers 3, D-Backs 1: Clayton Kershaw Wants To Know Where The Pool Is

As you well know by now, the last time Clayton Kershaw visited Chase Field, he lasted only 1.2 innings, having given up seven runs on six hits and two walks. Today he got the ball at Chase Field again, and he pitched the Dodgers to victory against the Diamondbacks, 3-1, surrendering one run (none earned) in eight innings of work. Kershaw “struggled” and didn’t have his best command, walking two batters, including the first batter of the game on four pitches. But he limited the D-Backs to six hits and struck out 10, lowering his MLB-leading ERA to 1.73.

In a jam? That’s when he does stuff like this to Mark Trumbo.

DUDE SUCKS

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As for the offense, Matt Kemp got the scoring started with a two-run double.

No, I don’t know how he got his hands inside of that.

Scott Van Slyke added to the lead with a homer, and him and Yasiel Puig did their version of the Adrian Beltre/Elvis Andrus territory games.

To say it wasn’t all fun and games for SVS is an understatement though, since he later sprained his ankle on this ugly looking play.

And please, before you send me 500 tweets about Joc Pederson, just wait a bit to see if this is even serious or not.

I GOT TO RECAP A WIN

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-Justin Turner went 2-for-3 with a walk. He now has an .837 OPS. That is third on the team.

-Kenley Jansen closed it out in the bottom of the ninth for his 100th career save.

-Yasiel Puig is hitless in his last like 50 at-bats or whatever, but at least he’s walking now, and the fact that the team can score without him carrying them is a positive as long as he starts hitting down the stretch at some point.



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Jacopo (How is this a bad plan!)
Jacopo (How is this a bad plan!)

I hope the Dodgers clinch in Dodgers stadium and roll out one of those temporary pools into center field for the players to jump in. That would be epic.

BlueMarvin
BlueMarvin

Yesterday I didn't get to the "damn I wish work was done and I could be free" feeling until the end of the day.  Today, it has started 48 mins into it.  Sigh.  Gonna be a long day.

capnsparrow
capnsparrow

The main reason nobody can trade for Colon is Sandy Alderson. And a metric fuckton of dollars owed to a guy who has already pitched into his 40s

Disgruntled Uncultured Bastard
Disgruntled Uncultured Bastard

28 games remaining in regular season.  That means 5 pitching rotations +/-.    3 off days remain after today.  I imagine Donny is starting to look at how he can get Kershaw / Greinke / Ryu into a 1-2-3 rotation order

Sangro Azul
Sangro Azul

Was listening to Jon Paul morosi this or am saying we don't have a chance in the play offs vs Nats rotation

Southpaw Joe
Southpaw Joe

@capnsparrow jeez i was just talking about this kinda stuff yesterday, not clicking on anymore sites from dodi commentors

OCDodger
OCDodger

@BlueMarvin 

Try to poo, that always makes me feel better. Pooing at work rules 

BlueMarvin
BlueMarvin

@Uncultured Bastard  With all the usual disclaimers about "wins" ... it's still amazing that Kersh has an outside chance at 20, given he was injured for a while to start the year.  What an amazing pitcher, I'm so thankful that he ended up with the Dodgers.

ABSmileBunch
ABSmileBunch

@Sangro Azul Funny, Morosi was on the phone with the toronto sports radio this morning during my commute...I guess Thursday is his 'call in' day.

- Casey -
- Casey -

@Sangro Azul Even if it were true that the Dodgers lineup was completely overmatched (which its not), a playoff series is such a small sample size that EVERY team has a chance. Anything can happen in 4 to 7 games. Do not listen to that man. He is a dummy. 

BlueMarvin
BlueMarvin

@OCDodger @BlueMarvin  Odd suggestion.  But perhaps I can take my iphone with me, and play some Plants vs Zombies ... and if anyone asks why it took so long, say: "That's kind of personal, I can't believe you asked me that!"

Master of My Domain
Master of My Domain

Having watched Big Bartolo closely with the A's, post-suspension I see him as a huge(pun) upgrade over Haren,Beckett and the two current stop gaps. Someone mentioned yesterday that he may get one post season start so not worth the $$$ but isn't taking a start away from Fausto/Correia inherently

" worth the money"? He reminds me of Livan back when Livan was good but past is prime. Funny looking, overweight, unimposing then 3hrs later, you lose!

BlueMarvin
BlueMarvin

@Mike Petriello @capnsparrow   It should be clear that he'd be nice to have this year.  I think the pause would be whether that would be worth it given we'd also owe him 11k next year (and probably will have Haren too), or if it would make more sense to put that money someplace else during the offseason, like in a third ace.

OCDodger
OCDodger

@BlueMarvin @OCDodger @Mike Petriello @capnsparrow  

It's amusing to read people talk about trading away Ryu like it would be this totally beneficial, inconsequential thing, when literally the only reason most of the largest concentration of Koreans outside of Asia go to Dodgers games is to see Ryu. He must be making them some serious money 

BlueMarvin
BlueMarvin

@OCDodger @BlueMarvin @Mike Petriello @capnsparrow   Well money aside, he's also doing a pretty solid job pitching, and pitchers like him don't grow on trees.  Even in this day and age when pitchers seem to be dominating hitters, it's odd how difficult it can be to add an impact arm to the rotation or the pen.