INDEPENDENCE DAY SHOWDOWN IN THE WEST GOES TO CLAYTON KERSHAW

Clayton Kershaw

LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Before the game even started, The Arizona Diamondbacks received good news as they received one of the stars back in A.J. Pollock. He was activated from the disabled list for a strained right groin. Pollock was placed on the DL back on may 15.

Clayton Kershaw of the Los Angeles Dodgers was the story on the night. He dominated the Arizona offense and kept them off balance all night. Through his seven innings of work, Kershaw at times was overpowering with 11 strikeouts on 117 pitches. His efforts led him to his major league leading 13th win of the season, and he has not lost in 12 consecutive starts.

With the 11 strikeouts on the night, for Kershaw (13-2) it was the 57th career 10- plus strikeout, and sixth on the season. The Dodgers are 38-8 when Kershaw strikes out 10 or more batters.

Arizona’s only player that had any success was Chris Iannetta who had two walks and a single on the night.

The Diamondbacks (52-32) got their first hit with one out in the seventh inning as Chris Owings was able to beat out an infield hit.

Los Angeles (56-29) got things started in the first inning scoring a single run. Then added two runs in the third inning, highlighted by a Justin Turner home run, his eighth of the season.

Patrick Corbin (6-8) of the Diamondbacks seemed to fight his control as he was unable to pitch out of the fifth inning. With 94 pitches, he was pulled after 4.2 innings.

Manager Torey Lovullo talked about the performance of his lefty, “I thought he had good and bad moments. He could have really fallen apart. He only gave up three runs over four innings. We sent him back out there to try and get through that fifth inning, but we thought the match up was more favorable going to the bullpen. He did everything he possibly could for as long as he could and that’s what your supposed to do.”

The Dodgers added a single run in the eighth to increase their lead to 4-0.

In the ninth inning, Arizona showed some life. With Paul Goldschmidt and Brendon Drury reaching base with hits, leading to Daniel Descalso smashing a home run, his sixth of the season, cutting the deficit to 4-3.

That would be the final score of the game at Dodger stadium in front of 53,159 fans in attendance.

Descalso who was 1-for-4 on the night now has a hit in eight of his last nine games.

Note: In his return, Pollock was 1-for-4 on the night. He was 0-3 against Kershaw, and 1-1 off Pedro Baez.

Through the first eight games, both teams have won four each.

Next up is game two of the series, with first pitch at 7:10 PM MST

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