D-Backs 2 5 0
WP- Kershaw (19-5)
LP- Hudson (16-10)
S- Jansen (4)
The Dodgers fight off their inevitable division elimination tonight by avoiding a sweep by the D-Backs. Clayton Kershaw clinches his 19th victory of the season even after being ejected in the 6th inning after hitting Parra in the elbow. Lindblom and Jansen both hold the lead for Kershaw, striking out 8 D-Backs between them.
Kershaw starts out strong in the 1st inning sending down the snakes in order. The Dodgers score early on Hudson. Gordon leads off with an infield single, and Gwynn follows with a drag bunt single. Then they foolishly attempt a double steal with Bison at the plate and nobody out. Gordon is out at 3rd. Kemp then promptly singles in Gwynn giving the Dodgers a 1-0 lead and takes second on the throw home. Loney hits back to the box allowing Kemp to 3rd. Miles walks. Sands then singles off the glove of Bloomquist scoring Kemp, 2-0. Big Rod grounds out to end the inning.
|Gwynn Scores on a Close Play at the Plate in the 1st Inning|
In the third that bastard Parra doubles to right field. Sands attempts a diving catch, but the ball bounces on by him. The D-Backs fail to score.
Kersh strikes out both Hill and Goldschmidt in the 4th once again sending the snakes down in order. Hudson returns the favor and strikes out Carroll and Kersh in the bottom of the 4th.
Both pitchers swap 123 innings in the 5th.
The 6th inning becomes dramatic. In yesterday's game we saw Kershaw getting fired up in the dugout after Parra showboated all the way to 1st base after hitting a homerun off Kuo. Kershaw hits Parra on the elbow, and the ump immediately ejects him without warning. Mattingly runs out to argue and is ejected as well. Kershaw is seen yelling that they have to let him pitch from the dugout, but he must retreat to the clubhouse. Lindblom comes into pitch, and he steps up to help Kershaw get his 19th win. Lindblom proceeds to pitch two scoreless innings, striking out 5, and only allowing 1 hit to Montero in the 7th. He strikes out Hudson, Bloomquist, and Hill in the 6th then whiffs Goldschmidt and Young in the 7th. Way to go Lindblom!
|Hit Him Kersh!|
|Big Rod Talking Smack|
|Let Me Pitch! The Umps Give No Warning.|
Hudson pitches 7 innings, allowing 5 hits, 2 runs, 3 walks, 4 strikeouts on 101 pitches.
Eovaldi comes in to pitch the 8th inning and is really sketchy. Roberts doubles by the diving Sands. Parra then almost hits one out, but Sands catches it right up against the wall. It was literally inches from going out. Phewww. Roberts then scores on a groundball by Blum. 2-1. Cook comes in to relieve Hudson and strikes out Gwynn, walks Bison who steals second (#39). Loney walks. Miles then singles in Kemp! 3-1. Ziebler is brought in by AZ and Sands hits into a fielder's choice and Loney is out at home. Big Rod once again ends the inning, this time with a pop-up.
Jansen comes in to pitch the 9th. Hill singles to start it off. We pray. Upton whiffs. Goldschmidt whiffs. Montero singles in Hill, 3-2. Young whiffs!
We may not be contending this year, but we won't ever back down! This was a team effort to get Kersh that win. Remember, we play AZ one more time in the finale series of the year in AZ.
Tomorrow begins a four games series with the Pirates. Join us for our pregame tomorrow!