Dodgers Highlights: Clayton Kershaw Saves Dave Roberts, Bats Show Up vs LHP
The Dodgers entered Wednesday’s game in a precarious spot. They got the win on Tuesday but it came at a cost to the bullpen. Thankfully, Clayton Kershaw was the man set to make his 8th start of the season and hopefully play the bullpen savior. Kersh put on a vintage performance against the Brewers to pick up his National League best 6th win of the season and help give his Dodgers a happy flight home to LA.
After a slow start, the offense got to Milwaukee starter Wade Miley starting in the 4th inning and tagged him for 7 runs.
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Let’s take a look at the highlights!
Freddie Freeman and Will Smith went back to back in the 4th to give the Dodgers the lead.
The Brewers got a run back on a solo homer off Kershaw in the bottom of the inning.
The Dodgers loaded the bases in the 5th inning and Freddie came through again with a 2 RBI single.
In the 6th, the Dodgers blew it open, chasing Miley and posting a 4 spot in the inning. Miguel Vargas continued his hot streak with a no doubter 2 run bomb. It was a beautiful shot and a pretty swing from the rookie second baseman.
Vargas has home runs in back to back games for the first time in his career and has 7 extra base hits in his last 9 games.
The Dodgers wrapped up the 6th inning with a David Peralta pinch hit RBI single off the glove of first baseman Luke Voit and a bases loaded sacrifice fly from Mookie Betts.
While the bats were huge, the story of the game was Clayton Kershaw who gave the team just what the doctor ordered with 7 exceptional innings. He allowed just 1 run on 5 hits while striking out 8 and walking none.
The lone available Dodger reliever, Wander Suero, tossed two scoreless innings to secure the 8-1 final and happy flight home for LA.
The Dodgers win their fourth straight series and pushed their division lead to 2 games over the Diamondbacks.
One Important Take Away from This Series
The Dodgers entered the series knowing they would be facing two lefty starting pitchers. They beat both of them. For a team that has struggled mightily vs LHPs, it was huge.
Miguel Rojas just missed out on a three hit game but did pick up his third two hit game this season. He had three hits and a walk over the last two games, a big factor in the Dodgers getting to back to back lefties.
Quote of the Game
“That was huge for us. we needed Clayton to step up for us and he did just that.” – Freddie Freeman
The Dodgers are off on Thursday before welcoming the Padres to Dodger Stadium for a three game series starting on Friday. Dustin May will open the series and the lineup is expecting to welcome back DH J.D. Martinez from the IL.