The Los Angeles Dodgers have had a tough time with their own division this season with a 5-16 record entering Friday night. Even Clayton Kershaw has yet to win against the NL West this year with an 0-2 record. Despite Brandon League blowing his third save in fourteen opportunities, the Dodgers came away with a 7-5 extra innings win over the Colorado Rockies.
Kershaw gave the Dodgers seven strong innings by Coors standards allowing three runs on eight hits. The Dodgers ace even helped himself out with a 2-for-3 night at the plate with two RBI.
The offense got going in the third inning with run scoring hits from Juan Uribe, Mark Ellis, and Adrian Gonzalez to give Kershaw a 3-0 lead. One of Kershaw’s hits came in the fourth inning knocking in two with a double to deep left. Five runs of support for Kershaw is usually more than enough but not in Denver.
The Rockies would answer right back in the bottom half of the fourth after three consecutive singles. Michael Cuddyer, with the latter of the three hits, would drive in one run while Wilin Rosario would groundout to score the other making it 5-2 Dodgers at that point.
The Dodgers lead would remain until the bottom of the eighth when Kershaw would exit after allowing the first two batters to reach base. Kenley Jansen would come in and load the bases with nobody out by hitting Cuddyer on a ball up and in. A run would score on the very next batter as Rosario grounding into a double play.
With a two-run lead heading into the bottom of the ninth League would come on to try and nail down the save. Try would be the key word as Todd Helton would tie the game with a pinch-hit two-run homer to send the game to extra innings where the Dodgers have yet to win.
The Dodgers would get that first extra inning victory thanks to RBIs from Luis Cruz and Juan Uribe in the tenth and Ronald Belisario nailed down the save.
Five of the Dodgers last six wins have come in starts by either Kershaw or Hyun-Jin Ryu which is good for the starters but might be bad for the team.
Zack Greinke (2-1, 4.38) will try and rebound from his last two starts in which he gave up 11 runs (9 earned) and 19 hits in only 8 innings combined. Greinke will be opposed by Jhoulys Chacin (3-3, 3.90).
WP: Brandon League (1-2)
LP: Rafael Betancourt (1-3)
S: Ronald Belisario (1)