Clayton Kershaw pitched a complete game in the Dodgers’ victory over the St. Louis Cardinals, 6 – 0. Kershaw is one of those pitchers where a line like “9 IP, 6 H, 4 K” inspires responses like “Really? That’s all?” Overall, I’m not so sure Kershaw has been as sharp as he was last year, but he’s still Clayton Kershaw.
Unlike other season when the Dodgers’ offense would be lucky to muster a run or two in support, the bats once again erupted to provide 6 runs. Other than Justin Sellers’ bomb, the rest of the hits were singles and doubles. The Dodgers, in effect, nicked and dimed their way to a victory. Is it as sexy as hitting all the home runs? No. But it’s still awesome. AJ Ellis continued his hit parade with a double, and Andre Ethier had a hit that was about 5 or 6 feet from being a home run (he settled for a ground rule double).
Dee Gordon was benched today, and Mark Ellis hit the disabled list, though there’s no real word on what exactly is wrong with M. Ellis’ leg. The Dodgers don’t exactly have depth at SS or 2B. Losing M. Ellis, Hairston, Jr., and Uribe means that the Dodgers must call on Sellers, Ivan de Jesus, Jr., and Aaron Miles (Note: I have a deep, irrational love for Aaron Miles, and have actually named my car, a white Ford Fiesta, for him.). If I could, I would send everyone on the Dodgers’ disabled list a GET WELL SOON, PLEASE card.
Lance Berkman came out of the game in the third inning with a knee injury, which appeared to occur after he stretched out to make a play at first. As a former soccer player, any sort of knee injury makes me cringe, so I would like to add Berkman to my GET WELL SOON, PLEASE mailing list.
The Dodgers have improved to a 27 – 13 record, maintaining a 6 game lead over the San Francisco Giants.