The windy city was in full effect yet again on Thursday afternoon. Winds were up to 20 MPH. The wind may have been blowing out to left field, but it didn’t affect (in a bad way) the two home runs in the first inning off the bats of Matt Kemp and A.J. Ellis. Kemp started off the scoring with a 3-run blast to deep left field, but he wasn’t the only one with a HR in the first inning. A.J. also hit a HR later that inning, a two run home run, to make the score 6-0.
“Not so fast!”, said the Cubs, probably. They responded in the bottom of the first and put up 3 runs on the almighty Clayton Kershaw, yeah I was as surprised as you are. But those three runs were the only runs Chicago would scrap against Kershaw on the day. Kershaw threw 4 shutout innings after that. Despite being limited to only 5 innings, CK earned his 20th win of the season and remains the best pitcher in the League. His ERA dropped… .10 points. 1.80 ERA now for Clayton, which is also a ML best.
Rest of the game: The Dodgers scored 8 more runs.
The Dodgers hit a total of 4 home runs on this windy afternoon. A.J. Ellis has 2 of them, Kemp and Puig each with one HR.
“He’s made me look good for so many years, it was nice to help him,” said A.J. Ellis after slamming a pair of HR’s to help pad the lead on Thursday.
Now on to the other side of the pitching matchup. Edwin Jackson had himself a tough day, or should I say tough inning. Jackson was unable to get out of the first inning and lasted 2/3 inning allowing 4 hits on 5 ER. This was Jackson’s first start since being put on the DL with a right lat strain on August 20th. His outing was Frias-like, except it took Mattingly 8 runs to figure out that the Dodgers needed to go to the bullpen in last Wednesday’s massacre with the Rox winning it 16-2. Jokish had 3.1 innings of relief allowing only 1 ER, while Dan Straily surrendered SIX ER in just 1.1 innings. The last 3.2 innings were well-handled by the rest of the Chicago bullpen.
Before the win, the Dodgers magic number to clinch a playoff spot was one. The win got them in. The Giants took a loss so now that means that the magic number to clinch the NL West is down to a measly 6 games! Oh how sweet it would be to clinch at the Chavez Ravine in front of all of your fans against the San Francisco Giants. I’m getting chills just thinking about it.
Dodgers player of the game: A.J. Ellis 2-4, 3 R, 4 RBI, 2 HR, 1 BB. The slugging cather, at least yesterday he was, smashed a pair of home runs, to help Kershaw earn his 20th win, and lead the Dodgers to win number 88 on the season.
Game 3 of the series is this morning at 10:05 AM at Wrigley Field.
Roberto Hernandez 8-11, 4.06 ERA vs. Felix Doubront 4-5, 5.00 ERA