The 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.
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.