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Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Pudjitos Bomb helps Kershaw win his 11th

Dodgers 1 5 3
Giants    0 3 1

the battle of the aces part 2, didnt dissapoint once again, with both pitchers locking horns the whole day. with the weak offenses, runs were at a premium.
the dodgers snapped a four game losing streak, and a 6 game losing streak against the Giants. until today the Dodgers had lost 9 of the last 11 games at AT&T park. the Dodgers would hang on and win 1-0 in front of another sellout crowd.
kershaw dominated today, as his star continues to shine bright for the Dodgers.
Kershaw went 8 allowing only 3 hits, and no runs, he walked only 1 and struck out a season high 12 giant batters.
Lincecum pitched well also, striking out 7 through 7 innings.

Kershaw improves to 11-4 on the year with a 2.72 ERA. he leads the majors with 167 strike outs, and picks up his third win against the Giants. today was the third time he has had 11 or more strike outs ina a game, and the 6th time with at least 10.
Dioner Navarro provided the only run of the game with a solo bomb into the water in the 7th.

Kershaw laid down the law against the giants.

here is the first of many times the Dodgers would strand a runner or runners in scoring position today throughout the game.
in the top of the first, gwynn singles, and advances to second on a rowand throwing error. Furcal strikes out, Ethier loops out to short, Gwynn steals third, for his 13th steal of the year, but Kemp flys out to end the inning.

The Giants would start out by getting a runner to third, in the first two innings, in large part due to two throwing errors by Navarro.
with 1 out, Fontenot walks, steals second, and takes third on a terrible throwing error by Navarro. Navarro a graduate of the school of terrible throwing of coarse.
however, Rowand and Ross strike out.

in the second, Burriss singles, and goes to third on another navarro throwing error, but hes left there as Crawford grounds out to end the frame.

the Dodgers leave two more runners in the third off of Lincecum.  Gwynn walks, Furcal singles, but with two outs, Ethier flys out.

Kershaw retires the side in order in the third, and Lincecum pitches around a rivera double in the fourth inning.

Kershaw rolls along and has a 123 5th inning.  with 1 out in the 6th, ethier doubles into the right field corner, but Kemp and Rivera both strike out.

Kershaw strikes out the side in the 6th, hes a K machine.
with the game still scoreless in the top of the 7th, Navarro attones for his errors earlier in the game.  while leading off the 7th, he hits a solo homer into the Mccovey Cove water in right field. its Navarro's third homerun this year. remember he had a go ahead homer one game, and a walk off hit in another.
this was the first time in 11 years, the dodgers have hit a homerun into the san francisco water. Todd Hundley was the last dodger to do it.

Pudjito goes splash, after hitting his solo homerun over the right field wall into the water.

with the Dodgers up 1-0, kershaw starts to roll. he pitches around a burriss single in the bottom of the 7th.
Lincecum starts the 8th by walking Furcal. Lopex relieves Lincecum, and walks Ethier. Sergio Romo (Blackbeard Jr.) A.K.A. Blackbeard's Mini-Me, comes in to strike out Kemp, Rivera, and retire Navarro on a fly ball.

Kershaw who is basically unhittable right now, pitches the 8th, and strikes out the side, to give him his 12 strikeouts, a season high. he retires, Scheirholtz, Torres, and Fontenot.

Casilla works the top of the 9th, and with 1 out, theres a walk to Carroll, Oetljen hits for Kershaw and Sacrifices, theres a wild pitch sending Carroll to third, but Gwynn flys out.

move along to the bottom of the 9th, with the Dodgers nursing a 1-0 lead, Javy (Ice Man) Guerra comes into close up shop. Sandoval who had the day off, comes off the bench to pinch hit, and flys out deep to right, Ross lines out to left, and Brandon Belt strikes out to end the game. no heart attack today Dodger fans. Kershaw picks up his 1th win, Guerra his 6th save, and the Dodgers snap a 4 game losing streak.
Kershaw is one of the best in baseball right now, and hes only getting better.  he is a pleasure to watch, a sure breath of fresh air during this awful year.

the Dodgers return home, tomorrow is an off day, and then they open a 9 game homstand on friday night against the Nationals. Hiroki Kuroda will take the mound on friday night for the Dodgers on a 710PM start time on PT. join us for friday night's recap. have a great day Dodger fans. GO BLUE!

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