It was an interesting night of baseball at Chavez Ravine on Tuesday evening. The Dodgers and Rockies, in a battle for first, each had their share of miscues. Grounders were being booted, easy plays being thrown away, and walks galore. In the end, the offense came through for Los Angeles.
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— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) September 19, 2018
It was a night to forget for Clayton Kershaw. He walked five batters and gave up two runs, though one of them was unearned. He also very uncharacteristically struck out just three batters. He finished out the night tossing seven innings on 97 pitches.
Kenta Maeda followed up Kershaw’s performance with a gem of an inning. He struck out Nolan Arenado, Matt Holliday, and Ian Desmond on just 10 pitches. He certainly looks like he could be a dominant force out of a potential playoff bullpen.
Kenley Jansen came on to pitch the ninth in a tied game and worked around a leadoff single. Scott Alexander threw just two pitches in the tenth and induced a groundout. And Dylan Floro came on to strike out the next two hitters.
The bats were relatively quiet in this one, but they earned this one anyways. Matt Kemp singled to right on his bobblehead night in the first to drive in Manny Machado. The next run wouldn’t come until the fifth inning on a little bit of luck. Chris Taylor hit a chopper down the third base line that Arenado could not get him out on. Nolan tried to throw back to third to back-pick Barnes at third, and the ball got away.
The game remained tied until the tenth when Chris Taylor came up with one away. He took a 2-2 slider from Adam Ottavino and parked in halfway up the left-field pavilion for a walk-ff shot.
The Dodgers extend their lead in the National League West to 2.5 games. They play one more against the Rockies Wednesday before starting a three-game series with San Diego on Friday. Walker Buehler gets the start, facing off against Tyler Anderson. Buehler is coming off of an eight shutout inning performance against St Louis over the weekend.
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