LOS ANGELES—Clayton Kershaw (6-2) just gave Colorado fans another reason to hate him. Thanks to the Dodgers most recent victory, Kershaw recorded his 20th career win against the team from the Rocky Mountains, surpassing Randy Johnson for most wins against the franchise. It was a hard fought game, one in which Kershaw wasn’t too proud of after spending seven innings repeatedly working himself out of trouble while allowing two runs and seven hits.
“The box score doesn’t tell the whole story,” said Kershaw. “It wasn’t pretty. Nothing was great about it by any means. The guys got some runs early for me. It wasn’t pretty, but I’ll take the win any day of the week.”
Speaking of early runs, that’s all this leftie needs to record the win. After Friday night’s victory, Kershaw improved to 89-0 in the regular season after the Dodgers gave him at least four runs. That’s exactly what they did early on Friday night. The most pivotal inning of the game was early on in the second inning, when an erratic Tyler Chatwood (3-5) doomed his team with three costly walks that all resulted runs.
“You’ve got to throw the ball over the plate and if they beat you getting hits, you can live with that,” Chatwood said.
Chatwood, who only lasted four and two-thirds innings, had to live with surrendering five runs in the second inning alone. Chase Utley’s two run triple put the first runs on the board, giving the Dodgers a 2-0 lead. Joc Pederson followed with a double that improved their lead to 4-0. Rising star Corey Seager had to get in on the action too. He capped the inning with an RBI double. Dj LeMathieu and Carlos Gonzalez hit a RBI single in the third and fourth innings respectively, which made the score 5-2 going into the fifth. The Rockies were unable to score again though.
Cody Bellinger continues to be an invaluable addition to the Dodgers lineup. He has been a key part of the Dodgers winning 11 out of their last 14 games. On Friday, he belted an insurance home run in the eighth inning, which marks his seventh long ball of the year. Despite playing in only 16 games this season, Bellinger just surpassed Yasiel Puig for the team lead in home runs this season. It seems like manager Dave Roberts has something good to say about the youngster after every game.
“He doesn’t scare off,” said Dodgers manager Dave Roberts of Bellinger. “He stays in there against the left-hander. We know McGee. He’s heavy fastball. But for Cody to look fastball and adjust to the hanging breaker and elevate it pull side, he put a good swing on it. Jake’s got a good arm and got beat with the second-best pitch.”
The Dodgers will look to come within a game of the National League West lead as they take on the division leader again Saturday evening. LHP Alex Wood (3-0, 2.73 ERA), who has struck out 30 batters in just under 30 innings of play will grace the mound again for Los Angeles. Rockies’ LHP Tyler Anderson (2-3, 6.69 ERA), who had his most recent start pushed back due to inflammation in his left knee, will look to reverse his recent troubles as he takes on the Dodgers.