With all the attention on the players that were traded one year ago this weekend, Ricky Nolasco went to the mound and dominated one of the best offenses in baseball this year. Nolasco’s eight innings propelled the Los Angeles Dodgers to a 2-0 shutout of the Boston Red Sox.
Since joining the Dodgers at the beginning of July, Nolasco has made nine starts allowing just 15 earned runs in 53 1/3 innings which is good for a 2.53 ERA. In the month of August he improved to 4-0 with a 2.08 ERA.
Nolasco’s best career month came in June 2009 when he posted a 1.91 ERA for the Marlins. Nolasco still has one more start left in August.
John Lackey was good for his part of the game with the complete game loss pitching all eight innings for the Red Sox. Lackey only allowed three hits all night but unfortunately one of those hits was a two-run homer from Hanley Ramirez that gave the Dodgers all they would need.
The Red Sox best look at the game came in the top of the fifth after Daniel Nava was hit by a pitch and Stephen Drew singled to put runners on first and second with only one out. The Dodgers best friend lately has been the double play and it showed up once again on a groundball to Juan Uribe to end the inning.
With the win the Dodgers move to their biggest lead of the season at 10 1/2 games ahead of the Arizona Diamondbacks who lost tonight. With 34 games left on the schedule the Dodgers magic number has been reduced to 25.
Kenley Jansen pitched a perfect ninth inning to pick up his 22nd save and lowered his ERA to 1.95 in 64 2/3 innings this year. Jansen has now struck out at least two batters in 30 of his 63 appearances.
WP: Ricky Nolasco (10-9)
LP: John Lackey (8-11)
S: Kenley Jansen (22)
-Time of game was 2:07