Dodgers start off their series with the Cincinnati Reds the right way, with a win.
Clayton Kershaw was once again great. He pitched a complete game shutout tonight and only allowed two hits while striking out seven batters. The craziest thing is by Kershaw’s standards this was just an “average” start. Before tonight’s game he had a streak of six games in a row where he struck out 10 or more. Kershaw also walked a batter this evening. (GASP I know). Kershaw now has 95 strikeouts and only five walks on the season which still just blows my mind. Though he was not the strikeout pitcher we usually see, Kershaw got the Reds to hit into 16 ground balls. In the month of May, Kershaw has five wins, three shutouts, two walks and 55 strikeouts in just five starts and 42 innings. Can you say dominant?
The Dodgers would score their only run and the only run of the game in the bottom of the sixth inning. Justin Turner led off with a walk and then advanced to second on a throwing error. Adrian Gonzalez then came up and singled to center which moved Turner over to third. Turner would then score when Howie Kendrick hit into a double play. That was about it for the Dodger offense. A few hits here and there.
Brandon Finnegan was great for the Reds. He pitched eight complete innings and only allowed five hits and one earned run. Finnegan also got the Dodgers to hit into four double plays tonight which kept them from scoring and getting out of innings much faster. The kid stood his ground while facing Kershaw.
Tonight’s game ended with the crowd triumphantly cheering “MVP” with Kershaw on the mound in the ninth. A complete game shutout for the Ace and a win for the boys in blue that was much needed after yesterday’s never ending game.
The Dodgers will again face the Reds in game two of the series tomorrow at Chavez Ravine. First pitch is scheduled for 7:10 PM and Mike Bolsinger is expected to be the starter.