Clayton Kershaw #22 of the Los Angeles Dodgers throws a pitch against the Philadelphia Phillies during the first inning at Citizens Bank Park on Aug. 17, 2013 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
The Dodgers beat the Phillies 5-0 on Saturday, but despite the final score it was actually a close game with the Dodgers wasting multiple scoring opportunities.
They were lucky to have their ace Clayton Kershaw on the mound, who pitched eight innings and gave up just three hits and one walk while striking out eight. It was another extremely dominant performance. He did not even give up a hit until the fifth inning.
Dominic Brown, John Mayberry, and Casper Wells got the only hits for Philadelphia, and Kershaw even erased Brown with a quick pickoff move. The scoreless outing lowered his season ERA to 1.80 and brings his record to 12-7. It was also his first career win over Philadelphia.
Just like last week he gave himself some run support since the rest of the team could only muster up one run while he was on the mound. In the fifth inning he doubled in Juan Uribe for the Dodgers' second run of the game on a drive down the left-field line.
Their other run came in the first inning on a hot hit from Adrian Gonzalez to first base, scoring Carl Crawford. It was a good start to the game, but was the only run they managed to score despite getting three straight hits and a hit-by-pitch to start the game.
It was not the only time they wasted scoring opportunities, the game was littered with some bad running plays from Juan Uribe, Hanley Raimrez, and Yasiel Puig. They also hit into four double plays on the night.
All throughout the game there was this impending feeling that the Dodgers may lose this one, despite another fantastic Kershaw start, with all those squandered scoring chances. Kershaw was not going to let that happen, and it all became a moot point in the ninth when Juan Uribe spanked a three-run homer deep into the left field bleachers giving the Dodgers a 5-0 lead.
The win was the Dodgers 10th in a row, and their 42nd in 50 games. This run is just so ridiculous, and hopefully it will never stop because it is too much fun to watch.
The Dodgers play an early game tomorrow, with a 10:35 a.m. start time on the West Coast, as they go for the sweep against the Phillies with Ricky Nolasco on the mound.
Tweets From #Dodgers Nation
Pitching. Hitting. General Dopeness. Kershaw.
— Lane Gillis (@LaneGillis) August 18, 2013
I fully support the love for Juan Uribe, just too bad it couldn't be this way the previous two years!
Juan Uribe is a hoot. #Dodgers
— Robby Huckvale (@robby_huckvale) August 18, 2013
But, I was told you can't buy chemistry?!
— Rick Mantz (@DRMustang22) August 18, 2013
Who knows? 112-50 still alive!
Will the #Dodgers Ever lose a Game?
— Roland Rodriguez (@Plazmyk) August 18, 2013