Mostly all the starters took the field for the Los Angeles Dodgers on Saturday night to back their ace Clayton Kershaw. The best pitcher in the game didn’t disappoint tossing seven scoreless innings to beat the San Diego Padres 4-0.
Kershaw struck out 10 while only giving up three hits on his way to his 15th victory of the season. With his league leading 1.88 ERA, Kershaw will try to become only the 21st pitcher in Major League Baseball with a minimum 162 innings pitched to have a 1.88 ERA or lower.
The offense was provided by two big swings that provided two runs each. In the top of the fourth inning A.J. Ellis launched a line drive into the left field corner that cleared the wall to put the Dodgers up 2-0.
In the top of the seventh inning is when the shot of the night happened. Yasiel Puig drilled a Tim Stauffer pitch that the great Vin Scully described as, “A high fly ball from here to you.” It’s always a fun thing to see Vin Scully get as excited about a homer such as Puig’s Saturday. If you missed the call I included it right here.
Zack Greinke will take the mound in the series finale tomorrow against Andrew Cashner. In five appearances, including two starts, in 2013 Cashner has a 1.83 ERA with no decisions against the Dodgers. Greinke is 2-0 with a 1.80 ERA in three starts this year against the Padres so expect a pitcher’s duel.
WP: Clayton Kershaw (15-9)
LP: Burch Smith (1-2)