Found June 27, 2013 on
Fox Sports West:
LOS ANGELES Clayton Kershaw was all smiles. And maybe, just maybe, a little relieved. He got that old feeling back on Wednesday night.
The feeling of being back in the win column as the Dodgers got past the Giants, 4-2, completing a three-game sweep. With the win, the Dodgers extended their season-high win streak to five games and swept their Bay Area rivals at home for the first time since April 2009.
Individual wins arent something that you can put a whole lot of stock into as a starting pitcher but its kind of a team stat and so it feels good to get these wins as a team, Kershaw said.
The Dodgers' ace entered the night third in the National League in ERA, second in opponents batting average, third in strikeouts, third in innings pitched, and fourth in WHIP but had just a 5-5 record to show for himself.
He was 0-3 in his last six starts but on Wednesday night it all came together for his first win since May 20.
Kershaw (6-5) went eight-plus innings, allowed four hits, two runs and struck out seven.
His lone mistake on the night was a 2-1 pitch that resulted in a two-run homer for Buster Posey over the left field wall in the fourth inning to put the Giants up 2-1.
Aside from that, Kershaw was his usual self against the Giants on Wednesday night, improving to 10-4 lifetime with a 1.33 ERA against them. San Francisco had a plan to try to attack him early in the count. When they werent having success it spelled doom.
You take the risk there when you try to hit him early of leaving his pitch count really low and it allows him to stay in longer, Mattingly said. If you dont get to him, then you got to deal with him all night.
Run support had been an issue in his previous starts, but the Dodgers offense provided just enough. The 2-4 hitters Yasiel Puig, Adrian Gonzalez, and Hanley Ramirez went a combined 7 for 11. Ramirez, who had two of those hits, drove in a run, and scored a run and extended his hitting streak to nine games. Hes also now registered an RBI in six straight games, giving the Dodgers skipper flashbacks.
Im watching him tonight and Im thinking Manny (Ramirez), Mattingly said. Honestly, when you see him you think like that. Hes just that good.
Ramirez scored on an Andre Ethier single to right to tie the game 2-2 in the bottom of the sixth. A.J. Ellis then doubled to left to knock in Ethier and give the Dodgers a 3-2 lead as part of a three-run sixth inning against Giants starter Tim Lincecum (4-8).
It all equaled win No. 6 on the season for Kershaw, who gets back above the .500 mark on the season.
I got (the chance) to keep going, Kershaw said. I didnt have to take a loss tonight, so that felt good.
Its just fun to come to the clubhouse right now.
BEST OF MAXIM
Yasiel Puig homers in the Dodgers 3-1 win over the Giants Monday night.
It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. At least that is how author Charles Dickens summed up 18th century England in “A Tale of Two Cities.” Today, that saying might apply to sports fans.
The NBA and NHL just concluded a very thrilling postseason and sports junkies now have to get their thrills...
We are nearing the mid-way point of the 2013 MLB season with the All-Star break looming in the near future. Many highly touted rookies have enjoyed early success at the major league level thus far into their young careers.
First and foremost is Yasiel Puig, the man is an absolute beast and has been destroying major league pitching since his promotion. Puig was called up after the...
The Los Angeles Dodgers find themselves in the basement of the ultra-competitive National League West. Still, Los Angeles is determined to upgrade its roster, according to Jim Bowden of ESPN, specifically at starting pitcher and third base.
Dodgers determined to up-grade 3B and pitching over next five weeks
— JIM BOWDEN (@JimBowdenESPNxm) June 25, 2013
When it comes...
The Dodgers need pitching depth and appear to be getting it, while also stealing a pitcher from their rival Giants, Padres and Rockies. That's hitting two birds, with one stone.
According to Mark Saxon of ESPN Los Angeles, the Dodgers are "deep into talks" to acquire Miami Marlins starting pitcher Ricky Nolasco.
Acquiring Nolasco would give the Dodgers a pitching...
Young Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig has gone from being a well known Cuban outfielder, to signing with the Dodgers on seven-year, $42 million deal, to being called up, to future all-star. All of that, in one year? That's what people are talking about.
Yasiel Puig has been the talk of MLB with his outstanding defense, power hitting and his ability to drive runs in during key...
Chris Anderson, the Los Angeles Dodgers first-round selection (18th overall) of the 2013 MLB First-Year Draft, made his debut today with the Class-A Great Lakes Loons.
The right-hander Anderson pitched two full innings on 27 pitches (20 strikes), and allowed only one hit off the bat of Arizona Diamonbacks prospect, Ronnie Freeman.
Oh, I forgot to mention something. Anderson struck...
Here’s a quick update on some rumors from Dodgertown.
Jayson Stark says the Dodgers are not actively dangling right fielder Andre Ethier. Don’t buy it. The Dodgers are shopping him and he stands as the most probable player to get traded in my opinion. I see him going to Boston for two reasons. The Red Sox owe us a favor after last summer, with Boston having the monetary resources...
After nearly a month on the disabled list with a strained hamstring, Matt Kemp has returned: the Los Angeles Dodgers activated the outfielder from the D.L. on Tuesday afternoon.
Kemp will return to center field and bat fifth in the Dodgers’ lineup tonight against the San Francisco Giants.
In all, Kemp was sidelined for 28 games, prompting Don Mattingly to play Andre Ethier in center...
The last time the Dodgers pulled a series sweep of any team this season was opening weekend against the Pirates.
The Dodgers record after that series stood at 4-2. Clayton Kershaw started the season out with 16 scoreless innings. Zack Greinke looked sharp and had not yet suffered the collar bone injury that set him back from getting into a good rhythm until the middle of June...
Source: Getty Images
Yasiel Puig see ball hit ball far. The Dodgers’ 22-year-old stud hit his seventh homer Monday night in just his 20th MLB game. He’s doing just about everything right. Minus a gaffe in Monday’s game in right field, he’s making highlight plays defensively and offensively. MLB Network’s Heidi Watney tweeted Monday night that Puig is the first player in...
The Dodgers are zeroing in on Ricky Nolasco, according to multiple sources. However a deal isn’t close at this time, tweets Jim Bowden of ESPN and MLB Network Radio. The Marlins are still feeling out all of their options with as many as six teams in the hunt.
This morning Hank Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle said the Dodgers are “on blitzkrieg” to acquire Nolasco...
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Matt Kemp made a marvelous catch for the final out in his first game back from the disabled list to preserve the Los Angeles Dodgers' 6-5 victory over the slumping San Francisco Giants on Tuesday night. Mark Ellis and Hanley Ramirez each hit a two-run homer for the Dodgers, and rookie Stephen Fife pitched effectively into the seventh inning. Los Angeles...
Welcome to the fourth Profcast episode!Last night, our host Bryan Curley chatted with Profcast veterans Paul Beck (twitter) and Adam Nodiff (twitter).In this episode, the Professors cover a bevy of players — old and new — as they talk about the resurgence of previously struggling Hanley Ramirez, Yovani Gallardo, and Giancarlo Stanton while also covering newcomers Mike Zunino...
After missing time with a hamstring injury, Matt Kemp saved the
Dodgers with a ninth-inning catch in his first game back.
Clayton Kershaw outpitched Tim Lincecum in the seventh regular-season matchup between former Cy Young Award winners, rookie Yasiel Puig had three more hits and the Los Angeles Dodgers rallied to beat the San Francisco Giants 4-2 on Wednesday night for a three-game sweep of the defending World Series champions.
Kershaw (6-5) allowed two runs and four hits in eight-plus innings and...