Yasiel Puig #66 of the Los Angeles Dodgers points the sky to celebrate a double as second base umpire Mark Wegner and shortstop Josh Rutledge #14 of the Colorado Rockies look on during the second inning at Coors Field on July 2, 2013 in Denver, Colorado. Puig went on to score in the inning.
The Dodgers have been in last place since May 5th, but with Clayton Kershaw’s complete-game shutout over Colorado on Tuesday, and a lot of help from the rest of the NL West they find themselves tied for third place.
Homer Bailey, of the Cincinnati Reds, threw the first no-hitter of the 2013 season, which is great and all, but all that matters to Dodger fans is that it came against the Giants. San Francisco is 8-2 in their last 10 games and now find themselves in the NL West cellar.
Enjoy it down there Giants fans, because the surging Dodgers will not be back down there anytime soon.
The Dodgers won in dominating fashion in Colorado Tuesday 8-0. Kershaw gave up just four hits with seven strikeouts and no walks. Only one Colorado player managed to get into scoring position, and Michael Cuddyer’s 27-game hitting was snapped.
Kershaw is now 7-5 on the season with a National League leading, 1.93 ERA.
Every starter got a hit besides Matt Kemp, who missed a home run by a few feet, and Kershaw. While most games lately have had one identifiable “big inning,” the Dodgers scored at least one run in six different innings on Tuesday.
Yasiel Puig went 3-5 with a single, double, home run, and two strikeouts, while Adrian Gonzalez, Hanley Ramirez, Andre Ethier, A.J. Ellis, and Juan Uribe also all had multiple hits.
This team is clicking all throughout the order, and getting strong performances on the mound every night, while the rest of the NL West is going through an ugly stretch. In the last 10 games the Dodgers are 9-1 while the rest of the division is a combined 10-30.
The Diamondbacks lost again, their eighth in ten games, and have just a 2.5 game lead over the Dodgers. It really shows something about this division that the Dodgers are still four games under .500, but just 2.5 out of first.
The Dodgers go for four in a row on Wednesday with Zach Greinke on the mound in Colorado, facing Tyler Chatwood.