Clayton Kershaw K’s 14 In Win Against Nats
The matchup between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Washington Nationals on Friday night was suspended and concluded early Saturday before the already scheduled game could at Nationals Park.
Dodgers’ Ace Clayton Kershaw (2.68, 7-6) was looking for a solid start as he went into Saturday with a record at .500 against the Nats’ Doug Fister (4.30, 3-5) who hasn’t had the season that he and everyone else had expected.
Kershaw did just what he had hoped, plus some as he went eight shutout innings allowing just three hits and struck out a stellar fourteen batters; a season high for the recent All-Star. He also struck out two batters in seven of the eight innings.
The Dodgers got on the board with an early one run lead in the top of the second with a RBI single by Yasiel Puig on a ground ball to second, which was deflected by Fister, allowing Adrian Gonzalez to score.
The Dodgers added to their lead in the top of the fifth, first with a RBI single by Justin Turner to send Homerun Derby runner-up Joc Pederson home to score after he was hit by a pitch to get on base. A sac fly by Andre Ethier then allowed Howie Kendrick to score and the final run was another RBI single by Puig to send Turner home, for a four run lead.
Fister went five innings allowing four runs on nine hits, walking two and striking out one. The Nats got on the board finally in the bottom of the ninth with one out, with a two run homer by Bryce Harper, his twenty-seventh of the season, on a fly ball to right center field off of LA’s RHP Kenley Jansen (ERA 2.38) who was able to strike out two more after the homer.
The Dodgers and Nats will play the series finale on Sunday afternoon at 1:35pm.
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