The Los Angeles Dodgers had everything going for them on Friday night with the team’s best pitcher, Clayton Kershaw, on the mound, a five game winning streak, and winners in 16 of the last 19 games. The Colorado Rockies got a strong start from Juan Nicasio who out-dueled Kershaw for a 3-0 victory.
As the old saying goes in baseball, if you’re going to beat a great starting pitcher you have to get to them early. This was certainly the case on Friday as the Rockies jumped on Kershaw for three singles in the first inning.
In the inning a Troy Tulowitzki sac fly and a Wilin Rosario single would bring home two runs giving the Rockies the early lead. The next 18 of 22 batters would be retired by Kershaw as he only yielded three more hits and one more run the rest of the way in seven innings.
The Dodgers offense never got going all night and didn’t have more than one runner in any inning. Nicasio pitched well in seven innings not allowing a runner past second base.
With the loss and an Arizona Diamondbacks win, the Dodgers are now 2.5 games back guaranteeing that they will not be in first place before the All-Star break. Zack Greinke will try to start a new winning streak Saturday night against Tyler Chatwood.
WP: Juan Nicasio (5-4)
LP: Clayton Kershaw (8-6)
S: Rafael Betancourt (14)
Yasiel Puig left the game for the second straight night with the sore hip. The Dodgers said it is precautionary.