Despite off-days next Monday and Thursday, Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said he will keep his starting pitchers in turn for the two-game series in Oakland next Tuesday and Wednesday.
That means Clayton Kershaw will take Tuesday’s start and Mat Latos will pitch Wednesday.
Looking ahead, the Dodgers will host the San Francisco Giants from Aug. 31 to September 2. Right now, if no pitcher skips his turn in the rotation, Kershaw and Zack Greinke will miss that series entirely.
“We haven’t set it yet,” Mattingly said of his rotation for the Giants series. “We’re just talking about it.”
PITTSBURGH — Clayton Kershaw‘s streak of 37 consecutive scoreless innings ended one batter into Friday’s game against the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Pirates leadoff hitter Gregory Polanco hit a solo home run to left-center field on Kershaw’s first pitch of the game, ending a streak that began July 3. Kershaw had made four starts since then without allowing a run, pitching eight or nine innings in each game.
Remarkably, the streak wasn’t the longest of Kershaw’s career or even the longest by a Dodgers pitcher this season. Kershaw threw 41 consecutive scoreless innings in 2014. Zack Greinke‘s streak of 45 ⅔ innings without allowing a run ended last month.
Polanco’s home run was his sixth this season. It only appeared to come out of nowhere:
Zack Greinke hit his fifth career home run in the third inning of the Dodgers’ 10-8 win over the Philadelphia Phillies. (Associated Press photo)
PHILADELPHIA — Zack Greinke
did it all, for better or worse, in the Dodgers’ 10-8 win over the Phillies. Even after giving up six runs in six innings his ERA is lower than Clayton Kershaw
‘s last season, so where does the Greinke-for-MVP candidacy stand
? The box score is here.
The Dodgers’ lead in the National League West is 2 ½ games over the San Francisco Giants, who play the Cubs on Thursday night.
The Phillies’ radio color commentator lobbed a verbal grenade at Joc Pederson yesterday based on something Pederson never said.