Kershaw Dominates; Turner Backs Ace; Dodgers Take Game 1

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Clayton Kershaw pitched seven shutout innings in which he carried a no-hitter into the seventh as the Dodgers beat the Diamondbacks 4-3. Justin Turner had a big night at the plate, as he went 2-4 with an RBI single and home run as he continued his case for the All-Star Final Vote.

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 Diamondbacks 3 6 0
 Dodgers 4 9 0

Clayton Kershaw truly looked like the Ace of the Dodgers’ pitching staff on Tuesday night. His pitches were hitting the target that Yasmani Grandal was setting up. The Diamondbacks, however, drove Kershaw’s pitch count up to the point that Dave Roberts began to worry about what he would do if Kershaw threw a no-hitter. Chris Owings made it easier for Doc when he hit an infield single in the sixth inning, ending Kershaw’s no-hitter.

“Honestly, I was thinking, get two guys out and get a flare or something,” Roberts admitted. “But you always the want best for the player and I’m a fan just like everyone is, but I think that reality setting in and thinking what’s best for Clayton and best for the Dodgers, to think about him getting to 130 pitches doesn’t make sense for anyone. After the infield hit, I know there was a little sigh of relief from me.”

Justin Turner started the Dodgers scoring as he continued his case for the All-Star Final Vote. He started the Dodgers’ scoring in the bottom of the first inning when he hit an RBI single that hit the very top of the wall. Logan Forsythe scored from second and gave the Dodgers a 1-0 lead. In the third inning, Turner continued his hot hitting with a home run. It went over the wall in center field and gave the Dodgers a 2-0 lead.

Later in the third inning, Chris Taylor doubled with one out, then advanced to third when Kiké Hernández grounded out. That brought Yasmani Grandal to the plate and he did not disappoint the Dodger fans. He hit a first-pitch fastball from Patrick Corbin into right field. Taylor scored and the Dodgers had a 3-0 lead.

The Dodgers did not score again until the eighth inning when Yasmani Grandal, once again, hit an RBI single. Taylor led off the inning with a single before advancing to second when Hernández grounded out. Taylor then stole third base, forcing the Diamondbacks to bring their infield in with one out. Grandal then hit a splitter into left field for his third hit of the night. Taylor scored and the Dodgers took a 4-0 lead.

The final insurance run that Grandal drove in proved to be very important in the ninth inning. Brandon Morrow entered to pitch the ninth inning and record the final three outs. Paul Goldschmidt doubled to lead off the inning before Owings grounded out. Brandon Drury then singled, forcing Dave Roberts to bring Kenley Jansen into the game. He induced a pop out for the second out before Daniel Descalso hit a home run. Jansen then walked a batter before striking out Chris Herrmann to earn the save.

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Making A Case:

Justin Turner continued his case to play on the All-Star team with a big night at Dodger Stadium. He hit an RBI single in the first inning, and then right after Orel Hershiser begged the fans at Dodger Stadium to vote for Turner, the Dodgers third baseman hit a home run. You can see how and why to vote for Turner here.

Ending The No-No:

Chris Owings ended Clayton Kershaw’s no-hitter with one out in the sixth inning when he hit an infield single. The hit made Dave Roberts’ decision about what to do with Kershaw much easier. Being his manager, Doc knew that it is not a good idea to stretch him but he also did not want to stop Kershaw from doing something he was capable of doing. When Kershaw allowed the hit it made Roberts’ decision much easier.

Up Next:

Zack Godley will pitch for the Diamondbacks and Alex Wood will take the mound for the Dodgers in what may turn out to be a pitcher’s duel in game two of the three-game series. In five games against the Dodgers, Godley has an ERA of 2.45 and has a batting average against of .135. Runs do not come easily against Alex Wood this year and nobody has beaten him so far in 2017. In his career, Wood has a record of 3-3 with an ERA of 3.60 against Arizona. The game will begin at 7:10 pm PT and be televised on SportsNet LA.

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