The Dodgers took the series win over the Reds thanks to an 11-4 victory in the rubber match of the three-game set. Backed by a barrage of four dingers, Clayton Kershaw got his 10th win of the season, still against no losses. Doesn’t mean anything in itself, but still quite cool in a way.
Kershaw gave up just two runs in 7.1 innings, striking out 10 batters in his 104 pitches for the game. The Reds never really got the chance to seriously knock him around, as he allowed just four hits and two walks. “We can always improve and get better, but we’re feeling confident after that win,” said Kershaw. As they should.
Of course, the offense was also a collective star for the Dodgers. Max Muncy, Corey Seager, Joc Pederson, and Mookie Betts all dingered in the game, with Betts in particular delivering a big blow via a grand slam in the 5th to turn a 3-2 nail-biter into a 7-2 laugher.
Aside from his dinger, Seager also had two singles and a walk to complete his perfect day. Not so perfect? Austin Barnes, who went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts and is now hitting an impressively shitty .118.
Oh yeah, Brandon Kintzler took over for Kershaw in the 8th and continued to pitch like shit, giving up two runs on two hits and a walk in 1.2 innings, raising his ERA to 5.40.
39-29 is still only a 93-win pace, so the Dodgers have some work to do in order to live up to expectations, but they’re getting there.