If this post comes out looking weird, and with a boring title, you can thank my internet for dipping out halfway through it, thus requiring me to finish it on my phone and denying you an animated gif of Jerry Sands‘ awesome grandpa. Thanks, Time Warner!
Tonight was something of an odd outing for Clayton Kershaw. He didn’t walk a single batter in his seven innings, which is excellent, and just the fifth time he’s managed that. (All, it should be noted, having come in the last ten months). But he also struck out four, an abnormally low amount for him, and gave up eight hits, tied for the third most he’s ever given up.
I suppose there’s a positive to be taken from that, in that while Kershaw was far from the most dominating we’ve seen him, he kept the damage to a minimum, because no one’s complaining about two earned runs in seven innings, right? Three of the eight hits came in the first, with the run scoring on a Geovany Soto double, and the other came on a ball that Alfonso Soriano crushed to left field in the 7th.
I knew Kershaw giving up a blast to Soriano sounded familiar, and indeed, this is what I wrote last July, just after Kershaw made it through another game without a walk:
while he did give up a homer to Alfonso Soriano, that ball was hit so hard that it was almost enjoyable to watch.
Besides Kershaw, we certainly shouldn’t minimize Ivan DeJesus, who drove in his first run on what should have been a double, Jerry Sands, who barely missed his first homer but still doubled in two, or Andre Ethier, who kept his streak going. But tonight we really should focus on two players who got nothing but garbage from us all during April, Juan Uribe and Jonathan Broxton.
Uribe had two hits, including a double, but just as importantly wowed the crowd (and Vin) with several excellent plays at third base. When he was signed, we never could reconcile why the fielding metrics liked a guy who really didn’t seem like much of an athlete, but he’s looked stellar with the glove, and his bat is picking up too.
Broxton, of course mowed down three Cubs on eight pitches in the 9th. It was his first clean inning since the Nixon administration. If only for one night, he let us breathe easily, and for that, we thank him.