After the Los Angeles Dodgers’ bullpen gave up Friday night’s game, the team will lean on Clayton Kershaw to help deliver a win against the Milwaukee Brewers Saturday.
The last time Kershaw took the mound was Sunday, when he pitched eight innings and limited the bullpen’s usage. Over the course of the afternoon, he only allowed the Brewers to score once before Kenley Jensen closed out the game.
The Dodgers should expect to see Kershaw stay in the game in the later innings. On the year, Kershaw leads the Majors in complete games with five and has only failed to pitch less than seven innings twice.
Opposing Kershaw is Yovani Gallardo, who picked up a win against the Chicago Cubs in his last start. He showed control by not walking a single batter, collected six strikeouts and allowed just one run. The win improved his record to 7-6 and lowered his ERA to 3.44.
Gallardo has been a better pitcher on the road than in Milwaukee. He comes into Saturday’s game boasting a 5-2 road record with a 2.74 ERA.
Gallardo’s last appearance against the Dodgers came in May of last year when he also faced Kershaw. Gallardo gave up three runs over six innings but couldn’t compete with Kershaw, who pitched a complete game in the Dodgers’ 3-1 win.
Juan Uribe was placed on the disabled list, which moves Justin Turner into the lineup at third base. Turner previously filled in admirably when Uribe missed time in May and June, and has been one of better bench players for the Dodgers.
In his first season with the Dodgers, Turner is hitting .305 with three home runs and 24 RBIs.
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