June 29, 2017
Clayton Kershaw struck out 12 batters and Joc Pederson hit a three-run home run as the Dodgers defeated the Angels 6-2 on Thursday night at the Big A. The victory salvaged a split of the four-game series between the cross-town rivals.
Kershaw became the first 12-game winner in the majors this season, improving his record to 12-2. He gave up just one unearned run over seven innings.
The Dodgers also got solo home runs from Yasiel Puig and Chase Utley in the fifth inning. Pederson’s sixth-inning home run came off of J.C. Ramirez (7-6), who took the loss.
The Dodgers have hit 50 home runs in the month of June. That breaks the franchise record for home runs in a month, which was set in 1953.
Both teams exchanged runs early on. Utley delivered a sacrifice fly in the 3rd inning, scoring Logan Forsythe. Albert Pujols reached on a fielder’s choice to shortstop, which allowed Cameron Maybin to score in the 4th.
Kole Calhoun came up with an RBI single in the 8th inning off of Luis Avilan, which was all the scoring for the Halos.
Kenley Jansen recorded the final four outs for his 18th save of the season, but their was drama in the 8th inning.
Brandon Morrow hit Yunel Escobar with a fastball in the shoulder, which resulted in both benches and bullpens clearing. No fights occurred, but Escobar was furious with Morrow, who was his former teammate in Toronto. That also loaded the bases for the Angels with one out.
Morrow then struck out Luis Valbuena, then Jansen came in to retire Martin Maldonado, who flied out to center.
The Dodgers improved their record to 53-28 and have taken a 2.5 game lead over Arizona in the NL West. The D’Backs will be visiting Dodger Stadium next week. The Angels are 42-41 and one game out of the last AL Wild Card spot.
The Dodgers now travel to San Diego to take on the Padres for a 3-game weekend series. Alex Wood(8-0, 1.86 ERA) goes for the Dodgers on Friday. Clayton Richard (5-7, 4.42 ERA) is on the mound for the Padres.
Meanwhile, the Angels will host the Mariners for a three-game set at the Big A. Parker Bridwell (2-0, 2.95 ERA) gets the ball for the Halos. Sam Gaviglio (3-2, 3.38 ERA) goes for the Mariners.