After taking the first two games against the San Francisco Giants, the Los Angeles Dodgers were in position Wednesday night to sweep the Giants at home for the first time since June of 2013. They’re chances were in good hands as Clayton Kershaw entered the start a career 14-7 with an all-time best 1.63 ERA against San Francisco.
Kershaw opened the game by striking out Angel Pagan on a check swing, much to Pagan’s chagrin. Gregor Blanco lined to center and Matt Duffy grounded out to end a 1-2-3 first inning. Mike Leake also set the Dodgers down in order, including collecting his first strikeout of the night.
Buster Posey hit a leadoff single in the second inning, but was picked off by Kershaw soon after. Posey was ruled safe until Dodgers manager Don Mattingly successfully challenged the call. Kershaw struck out Marlon Byrd swinging and induced Brandon Belt into a ground out to end the inning.
Following a Justin Turner leadoff base hit in the bottom of the second, the Dodgers suffered a bit of a scare as Andre Ethier fouled a ball off the inside of his right knee. He remained down for a moment and was checked on by vice president of medical services Stan Conte and Mattingly before remaining in the game.
Ethier wound up striking out, then Leake allowed an RBI double to Carl Crawford that gave the Dodgers a 1-0 lead. Crawford advanced to third on a Pagan fielding error, where he was stranded by Yasmani Grandal and Joc Pederson.
Kershaw struck out two more in the third to give him 240 on the season, which moved him ahead of Chris Sale for first place in the Majors. The Dodgers ace then led off the bottom of the inning with a base hit to left-center field, but he was eventually stranded as Leake retired the next three batters faced.