That's the look of steely determination.
Clayton Kershaw was a workhorse again last night; going 7.2 innings, giving up four hits, striking out ten and walking none. Per Doug Padilla at ESPN:
"To say it's a luxury (to have him) is an understatement," manager Dave Roberts said of that fifth day, when his ace takes the mound. "I think every time he takes the mound, you're looking at penciling in 10-12 strikeouts, eight innings. The pen is going to get rested. It's something that we don't take for granted around here. We appreciate Clayton."Unfortunately, the bullpen failed to maintain a win for Kershaw intact. Nevertheless, he did keep the Dodgers in the game long enough to allow then a chance to win the game. Adrian Gonzalez drove in the winning run for the Dodgers in the ninth inning. BTW, we did get a bit of an injury scare to Clayton. Via Ken Gurnick and Troy Provost-Heron at MLB.com:
Kershaw nearly became the latest Dodgers pitcher injured while batting in the fifth inning. As he grounded out, the bat broke and the barrel struck him on the right side of the neck. He never left the home-plate area while being put out, but was uninjured and continued.Both photos above via Jon SooHoo/LA Dodgers 2016. Go here to check out more pics bu Jon from yesterdays game. Below are more links to check:
"It just scared me," Kershaw said. "I've never really done that before, it was just shocking. I wanted to make sure I didn't have any stab wounds. It just stunned me."
- This Day in Dodgers History: In 1946 Boston Braves outfielder Bama Rowell became the first player to hit a Baseball that hit the Bulova clock located above the right field scoreboard at Ebbets Field. in 1962 Maury Wills becomes the 7th player in history to hit home runs from each side of the plate in a single game. It was against the Mets.
- Happy Birthday, Manny Ramirez!
- ICYMI: The Dodgers called up reliever Casey Fien over the weekend. He wore #50. Julio Urias had been sent down to AAA Oklahoma City.
- Via Terence Moore at MLB.com; "Bonds apologizes to Joc for miscommunication."
"I got a phone call from somebody about it, and I said, 'What? I did what?' So I just called the young man up maybe 45 minutes ago, and I apologized, because that's what he felt took place," Bonds said Friday in the visitors' dugout at Turner Field, where his team is playing the Braves this weekend. "What was really funny about that situation is that I didn't even know that it happened. I don't like talking to the media about these things, but I'm telling you about the phone call and that I apologized to the kid, because I've never done anything to a ballplayer like that in my life.
"How do the young kids say it nowadays? I didn't mean to 'dis' him. So I made a point today to call him up and apologize."
- Via Doug Padilla at ESPN; "Mets complain to MLB about Dodgers' use of electronic device."
"I don't want to make it more than it was, but we observed some members of the Dodgers organization using technology to establish defensive positions, presumably for use during the game," Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said Saturday. "We weren't sure that was appropriate. But Major League Baseball is going to look at that issue. So I don't really have any further comment."
- Hopefully, this is just a small setback. Via Ken Gurnick at MLB.com; "Soreness to keep Ryu from making next rehab start."
"He's going to keep tossing, but the intensity ... scar tissue, we're hoping it's something like that," said Roberts. "There's going to be some discomfort, but it's kind of up to the individual player and how much each player can tolerate. We'll re-evaluate depending on how he feels."
- ICYMI: Old friend James Loney has been traded from the Padres to the Mets, via roydjt of Gaslamp Ball.
Loney was signed in April to a minor league deal after being released by the Rays, who are on the hook for his $8M 2016 salary. That means that the Mets now have a veteran lefty first baseman who can hold down the fort for the league minimum.
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