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!