‘Kershaw wins 12, Bets 36’ LAD wins 3rd straight, gives up career-high 7 runs in loss to KBO veteran Kelly
Los Angeles Dodgers Clayton Kershaw has won six straight starts to improve to 12-0 on the season.
Kershaw started the Dodgers’ home opener against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Tuesday at Dodger Stadium and pitched five innings of one-run ball with three hits and three strikeouts to lead the Dodgers to a 9-1 victory.
In four starts since returning from a shoulder injury, Kershaw has allowed four runs on 10 hits and five walks in 17 innings, lowering his ERA from 2.52 to 2.48.
Kershaw has won six straight divisional games since June 3 against the New York Yankees. His last loss came on May 22 against the St. Louis Cardinals, meaning he has gone 6-0 in his last 10 starts. The Dodgers are 15-5 in Kershaw’s starts this year. He’s an ace.
It’s been six days since his last start against the Cleveland Indians on April 24. In that game, Kershaw pitched two innings of one-hit ball with four strikeouts and one run before a rain delay was declared. The next day, Victor Gonzalez pitched the second game, and the Dodgers used five more pitchers to win the suspension game 6-1.
Kershaw threw 42 strikes out of 79 pitches. His 31 fastballs touched a high of 91.3 mph and averaged 89.6 mph, and he threw 27 sliders, 15 curves, five changeups, and one sinker. His fastball averaged 1.6 mph less than his season average of 91.2 mph, but he minimized the damage by striking out five in each inning.
Kershaw gave up back-to-back singles to Tommy Pham and Christian Walker in the top of the first, but got Rueredes Gurriel Jr. to fly out to center field to end the inning. In the second, he got Gabriel Moreno to ground into a double play with runners on first and second, and in the third, he got a strikeout to end the inning. He kept the momentum going in the fourth, retiring Walker, Gurriel Jr. and Evan Longoria.
Kershaw, who had been pitching well, gave up a solo home run to Corbin Carroll in the top of the fifth inning with a 6-0 lead. A four-pitch 73-mph curveball outside on a 1B2S pitch went over the middle of the plate. Two batters later, Ketel Marte singled to right and was hit by a pitch, but he got Buddy Kennedy to swing and miss on a slider to preserve the win.
Arizona starter Meryl Kelly took the loss, allowing seven runs on 12 hits in five innings. She walked three and struck out just one. The 12 hits were her most in a game and the seven runs were her second of the season. He improved to 10-6 on the season and saw his ERA jump from 2.97 to 3.31.
The Dodgers jumped out to a three-run lead in the first inning with runners on first and third on David Peralta’s double to right and Jason Heyward’s double up the middle. In the second, leadoff hitter Chris Taylor walked and stole to put runners in scoring position before coming home on Miguel Rojas’ single up the middle to make it 4-0. Four hits and an error combined for two runs in the third, and James Outman’s RBI double in the fifth made it 7-1, before two solo homers by Mookie Betts and Will Smith in the sixth put the game out of reach.
Betts, who has entered the NL MVP race in earnest, went 2-for-3 with a home run, a walk, a stolen base and two RBIs, raising his average to .314 (154-for-490) with 36 homers, 94 RBIs, 112 runs scored and a 1.020 OPS.스포츠토토
With their three-game winning streak, the Dodgers improved to 82-49 and remained in first place in the NL West. Arizona slipped to 69-64, dropping to third in the West and into the fourth wild-card spot.