Padres @ Dodgers April 23, 2020: Darvish vs. Kershaw – Round 2

Clayton Kershaw. Photo by: Cody Bashore

The Dodger offense continued to stall out last night, as they dropped the series opener against the Padres. The Dodgers were once again stymied by Ryan Weathers, and a Jake Cronenworth double play helped give the Dodgers their first home loss of the season. Tonight, the Dodgers look to get back on track with a rematch of last Saturday’s showdown.

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7:10 p.m. Los Angeles
SS Tatis Jr. CF Betts
CF Grisham (L) SS Seager (L)
3B Machado 3B Turner
1B Hosmer (L) 2B Muncy (L)
RF Myers 1B Rios (L)
2B Cronenworth (L) LF Pollock
LF Pham RF Raley (L)
C Caratini (S) C Barnes
P Darvish (R) P Kershaw (L)

Clayton Kershaw gets the ball for his second consecutive start against the Padres. He was dominant Saturday in San Diego, allowing two hits and two walks over six shutout innings. Kershaw struck out eight Padres, but his highlight of the game was drawing a bases-loaded walk to break a scoreless tie in the fifth inning. Kershaw hasn’t allowed a run in 18 consecutive innings (since the first inning of his start in Oakland), and has yet to allow a home run this season.

Like last Saturday, Kershaw squares off against old friend Yu Darvish. Darvish allowed a run by walking the opposing pitcher in that game, which is not ideal. Other than that, he was more dominant than Kershaw. Darvish struck out nine and allowed only one hit (a Luke Raley single) in his seven innings of work. The Dodger bats have been painfully quiet since that game last Saturday. Including Saturday, the Dodgers have scored 10 runs and knocked 19 hits in five games. It won’t get any easier in the coming days, with Darvish, Blake Snell and Joe Musgrove slated to start the remaining games in this series.

Chris Taylor and Zach McKinstry were both scratched from the original lineup yesterday. Both are still out today. Max Muncy slides over to second with Edwin Rios getting the start at first. Raley remains in right field.


Taylor is considered day-to-day, but the Dodgers placed McKinstry on the 10-day IL.

DJ Peters has been called up for the first time in his career. In 2019, Peters slashed .260/.388/.490 at AAA Oklahoma City and hit 12 home runs in 57 games. He hit 23 across AA and AAA in 2019, but he’ll need to cut down on strikeouts (168 in 542 plate appearances).

Peters is Dustin’s 41st-ranked Dodger prospect. They’re calling it an oblique strain for McKinstry, who will be eligible to come off the IL next Sunday.


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First pitch is scheduled for 7:10 PM PST and will be shown on Sportsnet LA.

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