Clayton Kershaw had one focus on Sunday afternoon in Los Angeles, and he was locked in. He played the role of stopper, on a picture perfect 75 degree day; he shut down the Arizona Diamondbacks to the tune of 12 strikeouts. He allowed only two hits and one run. No one was walked.
Chris Taylor paced the Dodgers offense with a home run and three RBI. Cody Bellinger had two more knocks, and Yasiel Puig had a big two-run double. The Dodgers have some hay to make. They’re now 5-9 on the year. They need to make the focus getting back to .500 or just above the remainder of the month.
The sad part is the homestand ends, and the Dodgers went 2-3. I love when the Dodgers play at home. They now head to San Diego for three late ones and then back home after a day off to host the Nationals next weekend.
The theme today – on Jackie Robinson Day – was Kershaw being at his very best so the Dodgers could survive some terrible play and get off the schneid.