Clayton Kershaw pitched seven innings in which he allowed two earned runs on five hits and struck out ten as the Dodgers beat the Rockies 4-2 in the series finale. Scott Van Slyke hit a solo home run and Kiké Hernández doubled in a run, providing run support for Kershaw.
Scott Van Slyke, who has had a slow start this year, started in left field against the lefty Tyler Anderson. In the second inning, Van Slyke hit a 2-2 cutter for his first home run of the year. Dustin Garneau set up low and away, but Anderson missed his target, throwing the ball higher than he should have. Van Slyke was able to get the barrel on the ball and drive it over the wall in left-center field.
In the fifth, the Dodgers did more damage to Anderson, who has charged with four runs (two earned), on six hits over five innings of work. With runners on the corners, Kiké Hernández doubled down the left field line, scoring Chris Taylor. The next batter, Corey Seager, hit a single into right field and Clayton Kershaw scored. Adrián González picked up an RBI on a fielder’s choice by Trevor Story.
Clayton Kershaw had a tough start to the game. The Rockies loaded the bases before any outs were recorded, but Kershaw managed to get out of the inning allowing only one run. Kershaw struck out Carlos González before Mark Reynolds hit a sacrifice fly, driving in the first run of the game. Kershaw responded by striking out Gerado Parra.
After the first inning, Kershaw settled down, retiring the side in the second, third, and fourth innings. In the fifth, he allowed a double to Trvor Story, then retired the next three batters he faced.
Keys To The Game:
Subs Stepping Up:
Before the game, the Dodgers placed Logan Forsythe on the 10-day disabled list with a fractured right toe. Chris Taylor was called up to play second in his place and went 2-3 with one run scored. On Tuesday, Justin Turner was hit by a pitch and x-rays were negative. The Dodgers still gave him the day off, so Kiké Hernández started at third base. Hernández went 2-4 with one RBI and one run scored. Both of his hits went for extra bases, a triple in the third, and an RBI double in the fifth.
A Costly Error:
In the fifth inning, Clayton Kershaw laid down a sacrifice bunt, but Tyler Anderson made an errant throw and Kershaw reached first base. This put runners on the corners for Hernández, who drove in a run with a double to left field.
The Dodgers have a day off on Thursday, then open a three-game series with the Diamondbacks. Alex Wood will take the mound for the Dodgers in the place of Rich Hill, who is back on the disabled list with blisters on his pitching hand. The D-backs will send out Taijuan Walker to face off against Wood. The game will start at 6:40 pm PT. It will be televised on SportsNet LA.