Dodgers 2, Brewers 0: The Stars Lead the Way

carl_crawford_openingday2013The heroes may have been few for the Dodgers today — Clayton Kershaw, Carl Crawford, & Nick Punto (!) were really the only ones who did anything of note — but sometimes, you just need the big dogs to take care of business.

I’d say Kershaw & Crawford did that and then some, wouldn’t you agree? Kershaw struck out 12 hitters for the fifth time in his career (including his career-high of 13, back in 2009), and did so without a single walk. That 12/0 combination is something he’s done just once before, in 2010 against the Cubs. Only one Brewer reached third base, and at one point Kershaw retired 18 consecutive batters. For any other pitcher, this would be a phenomenal achievement. For Kershaw, it’s almost par for the course. He’s. Just. That. Good.

Of course, were it not for Crawford’s two longballs, we might be sadly watching Kershaw walk home with another no-decision, because the offense was stagnant once again. Other than Punto, who had three singles, and Juan Uribe, who had one, no other Dodger reached base against Kyle Lohse and Mike Gonzalez.

For Crawford, his two homers doubled his season total and put him into the team lead with four; it was also the sixth time in his career he had two homers in one game.

With the win, the Dodgers even their record at 12-12 headed into what’s suddenly an interesting series against Colorado, who called up top third base prospect Nolan Arenado to make his debut today.

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Yes, Yasiel Puig was arrested early this morning in Tennessee, and no, that’s not great. The best I can say here is that at least reckless driving isn’t drunk driving, but even that’s small comfort. As you remember, it became a fun sport for some to insist that he “was ready” and that the Dodgers were foolish for not bringing him up; well, here’s evidence that he’s not ready. Being ready for the big leagues means more than just learning how to hit a curveball, and this isn’t the first we’ve heard about some attitude issues here. Here’s to hoping Puig learned a lesson today.

 

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Gilbert_Vengeance
Gilbert_Vengeance

I'm expecting the worst news about Hanley... usually I'm always optimistic but him leaving the stadium heavily wrapped and without speaking with reporters really worries me.This is how its been with my teams with injuries so I'm bracing myseIf for a set back

DeucesWild
DeucesWild

@Antonio G I'm really hoping he's playing on Tuesday. Or a pinch hit grand slam at the very least, it's common courtesy 

Lobo
Lobo

@The Monocle We've already got negative nancy.  He's got to be Debbie Downer

Gilbert_Vengeance
Gilbert_Vengeance

@Lobo dude I'm always optimistic when it comes to injuries ... this one just gives me a bad feeling and i really hope my feeling is wrong. Wish you guys banged on other negative people this hard when being real downers..

Cochito Commish
Cochito Commish

@LA_Woman I don't really mind it. I'll post on it every now and then but I only get like 6-8 likes while all my friends get 50+ likes, hah.

Cochito Commish
Cochito Commish

@LA_Woman I can actually set it as no wait and no trade vetoes, hah. I won't do, anarchy would ensue.

LA_Woman
LA_Woman

@Antonio G  And I was teasing because you said your patience percentage is in the negatives -- so your preferred waiver wait time should probably be NEGATIVE one hour!

Cochito Commish
Cochito Commish

@LA_Woman Because I totally spaced on some work I needed to finish and fantasy baseball escaped my mind for a while. It's whatever, no biggie. As long as people don't veto, I'm good.