Dodgers 5, Rockies 0: Clayton Kershaw faces the minimum over 6 shutout, a pair of J.D. homers gets him to career #300

After having their four-game winning streak snapped and getting a day off, the Dodgers are looking to start another one and began their series at the dreaded Coors Field against the Rockies with a comfortable 5-0 victory.


The Rockies started Connor Seabold, who I had honestly never heard of before, which usually somehow results in a shutout.

Thankfully though, after a quiet 1st, the 2nd started with a Max Muncy walk, had a David Peralta double, and Jason Heyward got hit to load the bases. James Outman battled back from a 1-2 count to single for the first run of the game, and Miguel Rojas managed to scratch another across with a sacrifice fly.

In the 3rd it was a Freddie Freeman single that started things off, but after two outs it looked like he might be stranded, before J.D. Martinez came up with his 17th homer for a 4-0 lead.

After stranding a lead-off double in the 4th, Seabold got his first clean inning in the 5th, but that was the end of his night.

That brought in Brad Hand for the 6th, whose first pitch was deposited into the left-field seats by J.D. for his 300th homer of his career and 18th homer of the year for a 5-0 lead.

The Dodgers didn’t add on in the final three innings, only threatening in the 9th with a two-out double.


As the title mentioned, Clayton Kershaw was absolutely cruising. He got the first 12 batters he faced before issuing a walk in the 5th, but that was erased by a double play. The first hit he surrendered came with two outs in the 6th, but even that was erased on a pick-off. Thus, he faced the minimum batters needed in his start.

Surprisingly, Kershaw was the one that told Dave Roberts he was done, and you hope it’s just the altitude/fatigue.

6 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K, 79 Pitches

As a result, Brusdar Graterol came out for the 7th, and he gave up an infield “single” that Muncy didn’t play well, and then a clean single up the middle for the Rockies’ first RISP of the game. However, he also got out of any trouble by inducing an inning-ending double play.

The 8th belonged to new pen sensation Ryan Brasier, who breezed through a seven-pitch frame. That left Phil Bickford to close the game out in the 9th, and things were not as easy for him. While he got a pair of strikeouts, he also walked the bases loaded. Three fucking walks when all they wanted was to not use Evan Phillips.

With the save situation in play, Roberts turned to Phillips, and he made things exciting by getting an out on a fly ball hit to the warning track.



Bobby Miller, promo model.


Giants45-34 (2 GB)
Dodgers44-34 (2.5 GB)

*Either still playing or will play later.

The two teams will meet again tomorrow at the same time of 2:40 PM HT/5:40 PM PT/8:40 PM ET, and it’ll be another pen game from the Dodgers against Kyle Freeland (4.54 ERA/5.12 xERA/5.65 DRA).

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