The Dodgers and Phillies were back at it again Saturday night in Los Angeles, and it was a game to remember. Clayton Kershaw pitched a gem of a game, and Will Smith came up huge with a walk-off home run, the first of his career.
— Alanna Rizzo (@alannarizzo) June 2, 2019
Clayton Kershaw came into the game having allowed 6 home runs in his last 5 starts, tallying a total of 15 earned runs. That all changed in a big way Saturday, as Kershaw spun 7 innings of one-run ball.
Clayton gets Rodriguez swinging on the 91mph inside CHEESE! Dodgers remain up 2-1.
7 IP, 1 ER, 6 K, 0 BB on 95 pitches. GREAT outing by Kershaw! pic.twitter.com/kOuu6uk9kQ
— Dodgers Nation (@DodgersNation) June 2, 2019
The only run against Kershaw came in the 4th inning, partially aided by a Max Muncy fielding error on a grounder at third. Kershaw would have earned the victory, but Julio Urias gave up a game-tying two-run shot to Bryce Harper in the 8th inning to end that hope. It was however, the 17th straight regular season start that ended in a team win for Clayton Kershaw.
Will Smith’s Big Moment
If any good can be said of Urias giving up that bomb, it’s that it paved the way for Will Smith’s big moment. Smith battled against Phillies’ reliever Hector Neris, fouling off some pitches pretty hard. Smith launched one into left field that hung up for a while, but ultimately made it’s way out for the first home run of his young career.
That big moment pushed the Dodgers to a 40-19 record, making them the first 40-win team in baseball. They now sit 9 games ahead of the second place Rockies in the National League West.