Clayton Kershaw took a 3-0 loss at Dodger Stadium last night despite pitching seven innings and striking out ten batters. The lack of run support is nothing new for the veteran Kershaw, who had what would be considered an off-night for him, but a quality start for most pitchers. Still, Kershaw pitched well enough to win while the Dodger offense could only muster four hits. Kershaw’s final line: 7 innings pitched, 3 runs (all earned) on six hits, striking out ten batters while only walking one. Two of the runs came in the first inning when Kershaw opened up giving up hits to Dexter Fowler and D.J. LeMahieu before striking out Carlos Gonzalez and then giving up a sacrifice fly to Troy Tulowitzki, bringing home Fowler. Wilin Rosario then singled to drive in LeMahieu and the Rockies came out of the first inning with a 2-0 lead.
Kershaw would only give up one more run on three more hits over the next six innings. LeMahieu drove in a run with a single in the top of the fifth and the two teams’ bats fell relatively silent after that. Adrian Gonzalez led off the bottom of the ninth with a single, but the Dodgers failed to cash in any runs.
The Rockies’ Juan Nicasio pitched seven innings of three-hit, no run ball to pick up the win, he improves to 5-4 on the season. Kershaw picks up the loss, dropping him to 8-6 and will enter the All Star Break with a league-leading ERA of just 1.98. Rafael Betancourt picks up his 14th save of the season.
Also of note: Yasiel Puig left the game after the fifth inning due to continued aggravation of his hip injury. No word yet on whether Puig will attempt to play today. Puig was replaced in right field by Scott Van Slyke.
The Blog will be at Dodger Stadium again today. Fan Photo Day on the Dodger Stadium field starts at 1 p.m. today, with Dodger players out on the field to be photographed by fans and with fans. The game itself will start at 4:15. Zack Greinke (7-2, 3.91 ERA) will face Tyler Chatwood (5-2, 2.74 ERA) in game three of the four game weekend series.
In the spirit of fansmanship and fan experience, The Blog has three in-stadium experiences to share with you from last night. The first is a fan interview with a long-time friend of the Blog who is taking in what may be his final game at Dodger Stadium before moving to Portland, Oregon. Mark Adams is, by his own admission, not a die-hard Dodger fan, but always enjoys a good game, even if I have to prompt him about being at the comeback on Opening Day in 2005.
The second scene is the Seventh Inning Stretch as experienced from the Right Field Pavilion. Mark provided us with some Spanish language “Take Me Out To The Ballgame” and the sining probably rates as “horrendous” overall, but then it’s followed up with a quick interview from Ryan and Craig who came out from Simi Valley and shared their favorite Dodger Stadium experiences with The Blog.
Lastly, we bring you some Friday Night fireworks from Dodger Stadium. The shows are always spectacular and are a great way to cap off a Friday night ballgame.
The Blog will be back with you from Fan Photo Day at the ballpark later on this afternoon.
- Game Night in Los Angeles: Friday Night Fireworks (ericsdodgersblog.wordpress.com)
- Juan Nicasio lights out for Rockies in L.A. (denverpost.com)
- Rockies beat Dodgers 3-0 to end LA’s win streak (timesleader.com)