Clayton Kershaw was nothing less than dominant against the Marlins as he fired 7 shutout innings, striking out 10 batters, including the first 7 he faced. Backed by another offensive explosion, Kershaw earned career win number 165, trying the great Hall of Famer, Sandy Koufax.
“I’ve said it before, but any time you’re mentioned with Sandy is a special thing for sure,” said Kershaw.
And Koufax-like he was. Pitching on 7-days rest, Kershaw took a perfect game into the 5th inning, allowed just 2 hits, and didn’t walk anyone.
Overshadowed by Kershaw’s dominance was another great offensive performance. Although not at the same caliber as last night, the Dodgers once again were great as an offense, scoring 9 runs on 12 hits.
It was capped by Edwin Ríos, who hit his first and second career homers. His first homer was hit to center field and extended the Dodger lead to 4-0. His second homer was a no-doubt shot to right field that hit the second deck and gave the Dodgers a 6-0 lead.
Stop me if you’ve heard this before. The Dodgers are going for the sweep today. Walker Buehler will take the mound for the Dodgers against Caleb Smith. Buehler is 10-2 on the year with a 3.08 ERA and he’s coming off a good start against Arizona where he threw 6 scoreless innings. Smith is 7-6 with a 3.71 ERA this year and allowed 6 earned runs in 4.2 innings in his last start. The game will begin at 12:05 pm.