At the time of the injury, Kershaw was expected to miss only four to six weeks. Los Angeles' six other playoff appearances since (1995, 1996, 2004, 2006, 2014, 2015) have all ended in the NLDS.
Los Angeles also came up empty after loading the bases in the eighth on three walks by reliever Hunter Strickland, as Austin Barnes to fly out to right fielder Hunter Pence to end the threat. In the midst of the best regular season in team history, the best pitcher in the game had injured his back - a back that has often carried the Los Angeles Dodgers in recent years. And the Dodgers had so many to exploit in the ninth, they hardly knew where to start.
That honorary first pitch will be thrown by 6-year-old, third-generation Dodger fan Elysa Shapiro, who will be making her first trip to Dodger Stadium and is being treated for leukemia at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. San Francisco's offense ranks 28th with 407 runs heading into Friday's game.
The Dodgers pitching ace spoke out about what hosting this event every year means to him and his family.
So many times in his career, Bumgarner emerged as an equalizer for the Giants - taking the mound, masking over his team's flaws and imbuing them with a sense of calm while outlasting an opponent to the final out.
Dodgers starter Alex Wood (12-1) got the win despite giving up four runs and eight hits over seven innings. "Watching these guys hit the past three games I've learned a lot". The Giants stood 33 ½ games out when they took the field. Kershaw was 15-2 with a 2.04 ERA, 0.88 WHIP, and 168 strikeouts versus just 24 walks.
Leake hasn't been too shabby for the Cardinals either. He will be opposed by RHP Jimmy Nelson (8-5, 3.38). He's 3-1 with a 2.37 ERA in his last five starts at Dodger Stadium.
Leake faces a good Diamondbacks lineup, but they are nowhere near as good on the road as they are at home.
For more FREE picks and analysis head over to our Free Picks page on Covers Experts. They are a team of destiny. This outing is made all the more disappointing for the fact that Blach gave up just one run in seven innings against the Indians in his previous start.
After starting his first game in five days, Hernandez will return to the bench in favor of Yasiel Puig in right.
They built their 2-1 victory on the backs of babes: 23-year-old Corey Seager doubled twice and 22-year-old Cody Bellinger twice singled him home, spoiling an otherwise Spartan seven innings from Ty Blach. In the NL Central, the Cubs have a 1.5 game lead over the Brewers. The Indians, on their own nine-game winning streak, have a 3.0 game lead over the Royals in the AL Central - the lead did not increase much due to the Royals own 9-1 run over their last 10 games. Take away his last start, he was worth about.225 WAR per start.
Typically, a late-July battle between the California-based foes has the potential to swing the pendulum in the National League West, but as you know, this was no ordinary Giants-Dodgers matchup.
Astros are 14-3 in Collin McHugh's last 17 starts vs. a team with a losing record. It will be held at the last Sunday home game of each month through August.
All this leads to the question of whether the Dodgers need to acquire another starting pitcher. Royals +126 @ Red Sox.
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