The Los Angeles Dodgers and the Washington Nationals began a tough series Monday night in L.A. The matchup was originally supposed to be Clayton Kershaw and Stephen Strasburg but Strasburg was benched due to a strained back and Yusmeiro Petit made a spot start in his place. Strasburg would have been the tougher challenge for the Dodgers’ hitters, but Kershaw was still able to shut down the Nats offense. Through seven innings of work, and a super hot night in L.A. Kershaw allowed one run off six hits and struck out eight while allowing zero walks.
Joe Blanton came in for relief and allowed a hit but it didn’t change the outcome of the game. Kenley Jansen then came on to close out the game and get save 162. Jansen struck out two of the three batters he faced and now stands alone as Los Angeles’ all-time save leader.
The Dodgers put on a decent offensive effort getting on the board early and just stacking up a few runs after that. Justin Turner is still on fire and hit another home run and driving in two runs. Corey Seager smashed two doubles and scored a run and Joc Pederson hit another homer himself. The Dodgers scored 4 and won 4-1.
Facing a tough team both pitching wise and offensively and coming out with a win was a great way to start the series for the boys in blue. Hopefully, Kazmir Julio Urias can do the same the next couple of games and get us at least one more win in this series as the Dodgers will travel to Pittsburgh this weekend for another tough go. The San Francisco Giants lost to Pittsburgh today so the Dodgers gained a game in the standings.
Justin Turner 2 (32)
Joc Pederson 1 (32)
Chase Utley 1 (25)
Dodgers Home Runs
Justin Turner 1 (10)
Joc Pederson 1 (13)
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