The Los Angeles Dodgers (93-52) snapped an 11-game losing streak Tuesday night in San Francisco, giving them their first win since September 1st against San Diego.
Questionable body language seemed to be a premeditating factor, but the Dodgers played with a purpose. A lot of emotions were flaring throughout the game, but that just shows how much they truly cared about turning the remainder of the season around. They didn’t lack energy, and it’s a sense of urgency that’s been missing since the final week of August.
It took a solid team effort. The team played freely, and the leaders took initiative when they were needed the most.
Clayton Kershaw (17-3) took the mound after a rough start against the Colorado Rockies last Thursday, and competed well in his third start since returning from the DL. He struck out six batters, and handled himself well despite giving up two runs.
Kershaw came to the rescue once again, but Chase Utley’s home run in the top of the 4th provided a huge momentum swing.
The Dodgers were scoreless through the first three innings and left seven men stranded on base until that ball traveled into the bay. Runs started accumulating immediately afterwards. Yasiel Puig (2 RBIs), Chris Taylor and Cody Bellinger had two hits each. Justin Turner also had a huge RBI double to give the Dodgers some insurance headed into the later innings.
Brandon Morrow really fared well in the 8th inning by striking out two batters, and putting the cutter/fastball combo on display. He’ll be a legitimate option in the bullpen during the postseason, but Dave Roberts wanted to make sure this losing streak was over… for good.
For any of you who thought #Dodgers Dave Roberts wasn't invested enough in ending this losing streak — Kenley Jansen on for a 4-out save
— Bill Plunkett (@billplunkettocr) September 13, 2017
Kenley Jansen allowed 3 hits in 1.1 innings pitched, but escaped a tough jam to earn his 37th save of the year.
On top of ending the slump, Los Angeles also clinched a spot in the postseason! Joshua Thornton of MLB.com broke it down below!
— Joshua Thornton (@JoshuaThornton_) September 13, 2017
A win is win, but it definitely feels good knowing that the Dodgers finally got over that slump and have clinched a spot in the playoffs! Up next is the crown for the National League West!