Mid-day day games mean we’re all at work, so you get a Chad-ish recap from me today.
Clayton Kershaw was struggling a bit with his command today (which makes his 9 strikeouts and 1 walk more hilarious).The Diamondbacks managed to score three runs off of him in five innings, including a Brandon Drury (?) home run. Kershaw was removed after five innings, and the TV cameras showed him yelling at Don Mattingly after the decision was made. It made sense, though. Kershaw labored in the second, third, and fourth innings. The game wasn’t very meaningful, and it was hot at Dodger Stadium this afternoon. We’ll see a lot more starts like this – Don Mattingly wants to protect his pitchers before the playoffs, and there’s nothing wrong with that. There’s nothing wrong with Kershaw not liking the decision either, as we’ve seen before it’s in his nature.
The Dodger offense all came in the fifth inning, capped off by a Chris Heisey grand slam. Yes, that Chris Heisey.
Baseball is great.
The Dodger bullpen pitched another scoreless game and only Kenley Jansen even had to work very hard.
The win reduces the Dodgers’ magic number to four. The team will now fly to Colorado to begin a three game series against the Rockies. Given Coors Field’s ability to eat Dodger players, it might be best to see more lineups like today’s.