Kershaw Goes Five, Earns Win Thanks To Chris Heisey’s Grand Slam

Kirby Lee, USA Today Sports
Kirby Lee, USA Today Sports

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After a quick inning by Kershaw in the fifth, Austin Barnes pitch hit for him marking the end of his day. After Barnes flew out, Ruggiano hit a single to center that A.J. Pollock made a throwing error on, putting Ruggiano at third with one out. Corbin then walked the next two hitter loading up the bases with one out. Howie Kendrick then singled to center, driving in two runs and marking the end of Corbin’s day. Left-handed Reliever Andrew Chafin then came in and got a strike out before walking Ellis to load the bases again for Heisey. The center fielder was able to sneak one inside the left field foul pole for a grand slam, putting the Dodgers up 6-3 through five.

Juan Nicasio took over in the top of the sixth. Despite giving up a two-out double, walk and wild pitch, he was able to get out of the jam by striking out Jarrod Saltalamacchia to end the inning. Jimmy Rollins walked with one out in the sixth and made it all the way to third on a ground out by Joc Pederson, but the Dodgers couldn’t score him as Kendrick struck out to end the inning.

Dodgers manager Don Mattingly used two relievers, lefty J.P. Howell and righty Yimi Garcia, to complete the top half of the seventh. Neither reliever allowed a base runner.

After the Dodgers were unable to add to their lead in the bottom of the seventh, right-hander Chris Hatcher took over on the mound. Hatcher, who has pitched well of late and turned into closer Kenley Jansen’s set-up man, once again impressed as he pitched a perfect eighth striking out two.

The Dodgers put two runners on in the bottom of the eighth, but failed to capitalize.

Kenley Jansen came in and shut the door in the top of the ninth to earn the Dodgers a series split.


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