Dodgers Sweep Nationals as Clayton Kershaw Outduels Max Scherzer – NBC Los Angeles
Clayton Kershaw pitched six innings of five-hit ball to win an excellent duel with Max Scherzer, and the Los Angeles Dodgers swept three video games from the Washington Nationals with a 3-0 victory Sunday.
Rookie Zach McKinstry homered and drove in all three runs for the defending World Collection champion Dodgers, who’re off to a serious league-best begin of 8-2 regardless of enjoying this sequence with out injured former MVP outfielders Mookie Betts and Cody Bellinger.
Kershaw (2-1) struck out six with no walks in his first dwelling begin since profitable his first World Collection ring. The Dodgers’ longtime star barely got here out forward within the fourth profession matchup between these two three-time Cy Younger Award winners, who’ve 352 mixed victories — 177 for Kershaw and 175 for Scherzer.
Scherzer (0-1) was simply pretty much as good as Kershaw, pitching six innings of three-hit ball with 5 strikeouts and a stroll. McKinstry drove within the sole run throughout the starters’ duel with a lucky double within the second inning when Victor Robles misplaced his lengthy fly ball within the solar.
McKinstry added the second homer of his massive league profession within the seventh, a two-run shot off reliever Tanner Rainey, giving the 25-year-old rookie a team-leading 10 RBIs this season.
Kenley Jansen pitched a flawless ninth for his second save.
Trea Turner had three hits for the Nationals, who’re 1-5 after beginning the season late and short-handed as a result of coronavirus woes. Washington was shut out for the third time in 4 video games, together with twice at Dodger Stadium.
Each Kershaw and Scherzer have posted profitable data in 11 consecutive seasons, the longest energetic streaks within the majors. Together with his victory, Kershaw improved to 177-77 in his profession, changing into solely the ninth pitcher to go 100 video games over .500 since divisional play started in 1969.
Max Muncy received a leadoff single within the second and finally scored when Robles misplaced McKinstry’s fly ball to the middle area wall within the hazy LA afternoon solar.
Scherzer stayed in his groove and retired the following 10 consecutive Dodgers, however his teammates could not crack Kershaw and the LA bullpen.
Kershaw wasn’t as overpowering as Scherzer, however he stored Washington scoreless with precision and guile. Together with his remaining pitch, he struck out Jordy Mercer on a full-count slider effectively under the strike zone to finish the sixth, stranding Turner on second and incomes one more standing ovation from the mini-sellout crowd of 15,049.
Washington’s first two batters within the eighth singled off Blake Treinen, however Juan Soto flied out to shallow heart on a 3-0, letter-high pitch whereas Treinen escaped the jam.
Nationals: Supervisor Dave Martinez hopes LHP Jon Lester, 1B Josh Bell, 2B Josh Harrison and OF Kyle Schwarber could be reinstated from the injured listing by Monday. They have been out all season underneath COVID-19 protocols. Their returns to the sphere possible will not occur concurrently as they ramp up their preparation, nonetheless.
Dodgers: Betts, who acquired his fourth Silver Slugger conscious pregame, missed the sequence with again stiffness. Roberts would not consider the issue is critical or persistent, and Betts hasn’t had a painkilling injection. “The coaching workers is encouraging him to remain energetic, swing the bat, run, play catch,” Roberts stated. “He’ll get therapy on the break day, after which we’ll see the place we’re at.”
Nationals: Eric Fedde (0-1, 27.00 ERA) takes the mound Monday at Busch Stadium when Washington opens a three-game sequence towards the Cardinals.
Dodgers: After a break day, Trevor Bauer (1-0, 4.15 ERA) makes his dwelling debut Tuesday when the Dodgers open a three-game sequence with Colorado.