Dodgers' Clayton Kershaw: Strikes out just one in no-decision

Dodgers' Clayton Kershaw: Strikes out just one in no-decision

Kershaw allowed two runs on six hits while striking out one over six innings in Wednesday’s loss to the Athletics. He did not factor into the decision.

Kershaw was not his usual dominant self in this one, getting just four swinging strikes and striking out a season-low one batter. Nonetheless, it was still good enough for a seventh consecutive quality start, and it was the third time in his last four outings he didn’t issue a walk. The veteran lefty is once again posting sterling ratios with a 2.58 ERA and 1.07 WHIP, and now sits at 99:19 K:BB over 101.1 innings of work. He’ll take on the Giants next on Monday.

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Mike Fiers says first A's start is Wednesday vs Dodgers, Clayton Kershaw

Mike Fiers says first A's start is Wednesday vs Dodgers, Clayton Kershaw

The newest member of the Oakland A’s won’t have to wait long to make his debut.

Newly acquired pitcher Mike Fiers will make his first start for the green and gold on Wednesday against Clayton Kershaw and the Los Angeles Dodgers, he told reporters Monday. 

The 33-year-old right-handed pitcher tweeted he is “honored and excited” to come to the East Bay.

Less than a week ago, it first appeared Mike Fiers was headed to Oakland.

The Detroit Free Press’ Anthony Fenech reported shortly before the deadline that the A’s and Detroit Tigers were working on a deal centered on the starting pitcher. But, the clubs couldn’t reach an agreement in time.

So, what changed between July 31 and Monday? The return, according to Tigers general manager Al Avila.

“Back then, we were dealing about possibly one player, now we negotiated two players,” Avila told reporters Monday (via The Athletic). “So we feel good that out of these two players, we’re going to probably come up with somebody, or two guys, that we feel good about – as opposed to before we didn’t.”

Avila and the Tigers will choose two players from a list, receive their medical information, and then formally complete their return, the general manager said. The team expects to selct prospects playing in Single-A and Double-A, MLB Network’s Jon Morosi reported Monday. 

That would presumably exclude pitcher Jesuzs Luzardo, who just moved up to Triple-A, and infielder/center fielder Jorge Mateo, who’s also in Nashville and began the season as Baseball America’s No. 64 prospect.

Dodgers' Clayton Kershaw: Beats Pirates for second win

Dodgers' Clayton Kershaw: Beats Pirates for second win

Kershaw (2-4) allowed two runs on four hits while striking out two over six innings in a win over the Pirates on Tuesday. He did not issue a walk.

Kershaw was efficient, completing the six frames on 74 pitches. The Dodgers‘ offense did its part against Ivan Nova and helped Kershaw get into the win column for the first time since April 15. Kershaw has built up gradually since skipping a rehab assignment and may be limited again next week against the Padres in his fourth start back from the disabled list, but his restrictions figure to be mostly lifted from there. While his strikeout rate is trending in the wrong direction, there is hope that with improved health he can still be a big difference maker for fantasy owners in the second half.

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Max Muncy hits two home runs in Dodgers 8-3 win

Max Muncy hits two home runs in Dodgers 8-3 win

LOS ANGELES —— Before this gets lost in the offensive madness that was the Dodgers 8-3 win over the Pirates, let’s remember who started for the Dodgers in this game.

Clayton Kershaw made his third start since returning from the disabled list and he pitched six innings and gave up two runs and four hits. Kershaw struck out two and had no walks.

So now we can move on to the players with the bat and boy did the Dodgers swing them again on this night.

The Dodgers jumped out in front when Joc Pederson and Max Muncy hit back-to-back home runs in the first inning. For Pederson, it was his third leadoff home run of the season.

The Pirates scored their first run in the second inning. Elias Díaz had a leadoff double and David Freese followed with a run-scoring single.

Muncy hit his second solo home run to make it 3-1. This was the second time this season he has hit two home runs in a game, the first time was on June 3rd at Colorado.

And in a game with some repetition, Díaz doubled again in the fourth inning and Freese singled him home for the Pirates second run of the game.

Yasmani Grandal tripled to start the bottom of the fourth, it was Grandal’s first triple since August 4, 2016. Chris Taylor, who tripled in his first at-bat, homered to left to end the solo home run stretch.

Grandal joined the home run party with a leadoff homer in the sixth, Taylor followed with a double. Dovydas Neverauskas was brought in to replace Iván Nova and then he gave up a Kiké Hernández two-run homer.

Taylor had his second career game with a double, triple and home run, the first one was against Arizona in 2016.

Nova pitched five plus innings, he gave up seven runs and nine hits. Nova also became the first Pirates pitcher to give up five home runs in a game. The six home runs that the Pirates gave up is the most home runs the Dodgers have ever hit against the Pirates in one game.

Yimi García replaced Kershaw in the seventh, he allowed a Freese solo home run. JT Chargois came into the game in the eighth inning and retired all three batters he faced.

Erik Goeddel came in for the Dodgers to pitch the ninth inning and struck out the side to finish up the game for the Dodgers.

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The Dodgers will conclude their series against the Pirates as Rich Hill takes the mound against Joe Musgrove. The Fourth of July spectacular begins at 5:10 p.m.

Tuesday particulars

Home runs: Joc Pederson (13), Max Muncy 2 (20), Chris Taylor (10), Yasmani Grandal (12), Kiké Hernández (15), David Freese (5)

WP – Clayton Kershaw (2-4): 6 IP, 2 runs, 4 hits, 2 strikeouts

LP – Ivan Nova (5-5): 5+ IP, 9 hits, 7 runs, 2 walks, 3 strikeouts, 5 home runs

This Clayton Kershaw should be good enough for Dodgers

This Clayton Kershaw should be good enough for Dodgers

There were two outs and Russell on first when rookie David Bote endured a bit of batting hell. The poor soul saw three pitches and appeared to be completely befuddled by all of them, the bat never once leaving his shoulder. A 92-mph fastball, a 73-mph curve, and another 92-mph fastball. All strikes, an inning-ending K, and Bote just stood at home plate and stared into the sky.

7-run 7th vaults Cubs to 11-5 win over Dodgers

7-run 7th vaults Cubs to 11-5 win over Dodgers

The Cubs took advantage of Clayton Kershaw’s departure by scoring nine runs in the sixth and seventh innings to surge to an 11-5 victory over the Dodgers and earn a split of their four-game series at Dodger Stadium.

Albert Almora Jr. hit Walker Buehler’s second pitch of the sixth for a home run, and consecutive hits by Willson Contreras and Anthony Rizzo set up a sacrifice fly by Addison Russell to tie the score.

Rizzo hit a bases-clearing double off Erik Goeddel in the seventh, and Russell capped a seven-run rally with a two-run home run.

The Cubs’ seven runs were the most allowed by the Dodgers in an inning this season.

Rizzo has four hits, and Javier Baez added three.

Russell hit a two-out single off Kershaw in the fourth to score Baez with the Cubs’ first run.

Rizzo continued his success against Kershaw by hitting a single in his first at-bat and is 5-for-16 (.312) lifetime against him. But Rizzo tried to stretch his single into a double and was thrown out easily for the first out of the second inning.

Kershaw was making his second start since coming off the 10-day disabled list.

Cubs starter Jose Quintana walked Kershaw in the second, which set up a two-out RBI single by Kike Hernandez.

Max Muncy followed in the third with his 17th home run, but Quintana managed to keep the Cubs within striking distance in his 5 1/3 innings.

Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner hit a two-run home run off Luke Farrell in the ninth.

The Cubs open a nine-game homestand Friday against the Twins.

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