By Earl Heath, Contributing Sports Writer
The Dodgers opened a six-game home stand against Arizona with a 6-3 win. Chris Taylor knocked in a season high four runs while Julio Urius went six innings giving up just four hits. This was the 16th win in 19 games for the boys in blue.
Alex Wood was activated earlier in the week after missing thirty games because of shoulder inflammation. He came in and pitched a scoreless eighth inning.
Urius (3-0) had five strikeouts with no walks. The win was his first since Aug.1st.
Kenley Jenson got his league leading 10th save his league.
GAME TWO: In one of the few low scoring games of the year it proved to be a thriller. Mookie Betts hit his team leading 11th homer in the ninth to tie the game.
The D-Backs took a 2-1 lead in the top of the tenth when Kenley Jansen (2-0) walked Christian Walker with the bases loaded.
Max Muncy began the bottom of the inning as the designated runner on second. Chris Taylor sacrificed him to third, that’s when Junior Guerra (1-1) threw wildly to third that allowed Muncy to score and Taylor went all the way to second. A couple of batters later Will Smith ripped a single to left for his third career walk-off hit giving L.A a 3-2 victory.
“I thought it was a really well played baseball game,” said Dodger skipper Dave Roberts. “I think we’re so use to homeruns and offense but to get pitchers making pitches, and some defensive plays, low scoring where every pitcher, every baserunner was important.”
GAME THREE: It was an historical night for Clayton Kershaw who went six solid innings including retiring the first nine of ten batters he faced. He struck out eight. In the second inning the 32 year-old became the third youngest pitcher in MLB history to record 2,500 strikeouts. Only Noland Ryan and Walter Johnson reached the mark sooner.
Later in the game he surpassed Christy Mathewson’s mark of 2,502. He finished the game with 2,505. Kershaw is having a super COVID shortened season. His ERA is a career-low 1.50.
His strikeout rate is (10.25per nine innings) that’s his highest since 2017. His walks (0.722) and walks per inning is the lowest of his career.
His teammates helped by jumping out to an early lead. In the first Seager scored on a D-Back error. Chris Taylor knocked in Max Muncy with a RBI single to give LA a 2-0 lead after one. In the seventh AJ Pollack (7) hit the Dodgers first pinch-joe hit homerun of the season. Mookie Betts and Keke Hernandez later singled home a run each.
The Dodgers then dropped two of three games to the Rockies. In the series finally former Dodger Matt Kemp hit a two-run homer in the eight that proved to be the game winner. It was the first time all year the Men in Blue dropped a series. That overshadowed homers by Cory Seager (2),Chris Taylor and Will Smith who hit his third in five games. The Dodgers (at press time ) have won the last 8 of 10 games with an overall 30-11 record. They have the best won-lost record in the majors and the only team with 30 wins. It
DODGER NOTES: Justin Turner was recently nominated for the 2020 Roberto Clemente Award. Turner and his wife Kourtney founded The Turner Foundation in 2016. This summer they organized food delivery from local restaurants to the Dream Center and nearly 900,000 meals were provided to many in need. Turner has also provided meals to homeless military veterans and staffers at Children Hospital Los Angeles.
Joe Kelley and Pedro Baez could return from the injured list within the next few days.