By Earl Heath, Contributing Sports Writer
Clayton Kershaw pitched eight strong innings limiting the Chicago Cubs to a run as the men in blue went on to a 7-1 win at Dodger Stadium. This helped turn the tide as they recently were swept by the Padres and were no hit in the first game of the series by the Cubs.
The veteran was in command all day as he struck out a season high 13 batters. He last accomplished that in July 2017 against the Royals.
“I was getting some swings and misses,” said Kershaw. “I was able to use both sides of the plate.”
In one inning all Kershaw (9-7) needed was three pitches to retire the side. The Cubs were so eager to get to him the first three batters each swung at the first pitch. He gave up just four hits and walked just one. He now has 124 strikeouts third most in the National League. He had 70 of his 101 pitches go for strikes.
“Its hard to imagine him being any better,” said Roberts. “He was just in complete control, you saw that from pitch one.”
Phil Bickford came in for a one, two, three ninth striking out two of the three batters he faced.
A lot of damage was done in the second when Zach McKinstry also known as Z-Mack gave Kershaw all the runs he needed blasting his first career grand slam and second of the weekend. Later in the inning Cody Bellinger went uptown with a two-run shot that gave L.A. a 6-0 lead.
“I had a good count on me and that helped set things up,” Bellinger said. “Then I got a pitch I could drive.”
Later in the sixth with one out Mookie Betts tripled and scored on a sac fly to right by Bellinger’s giving him his third RBI of the game.
The previous night Julio Uriaus had a career high 12 K’s while scattering five hits and issuing just one walk over 5-1/3 innings. He left with the game tied at 2-2.
He was followed by, Kelly, Garrett Cleavinger, Bickford, and David Priced who pitched two-thirds of an inning got the win.
It was Bellinger’s turn as he hit a 2-0 pitch over the right-centerfield wall for the first walk-off for the Dodgers this year.
The Dodgers rebounded from a no-hitter in the opening game of the series by beating the Cubs 6-2. It was a much needed win as they lost four straight. Z-Mack got L.A. on the board early with a solo shot.
Later in the game A J Pollack and Max Muncy both went to “Rip City” when each of them hit two-run blast in the eight inning.
Tony Gonsolin did well during his fourth start of the season. He struck out seven while allowing just one run in five frames. The right hander is still having soreness in shoulder.
He got help from Joe Kelley and Blake Trienen who worked his way through a jam in the seventh. Kelley has not allowed a run in his last six appearances.
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