Kershaw Was Brilliant

Thursday, August 20, 2020
Copyrighted by Sarah Morris, 2020

On a pleasant Thursday night at T-Mobile Park, the Los Angeles Dodgers walloped the Seattle Mariners 6-to-1.

Before the game, the Dodgers put Pedro Báez on the 15-day Injured List. Báez sustained a right groin injury Wednesday. For the entire 2020 season, Báez has had a decrease in velocity. Although he has been effective, he has been better in the recent past. To replace Báez on the roster, the Dodgers promoted right-handed Josh Sborz.

Clayton Kershaw gave the Dodgers what they needed Wednesday. Although he allowed a solo home run to Kyle Seager, Kershaw pitched seven magnificent innings. He had a brilliant curveball that baffled the young Mariners. Kershaw has the second most strikeouts in the Dodger history. His ability to pitch seven innings enabled manager Dave Roberts to rest the weary Dodger bullpen.

Both Jake McGee and Adam Koralek pitched with brilliance to finish the game.

The Dodgers used wildness by Yusei Kikuchi to four runs in the third inning, and the highlights of the inning were Matt Beaty’s ground-rule double, AJ Pollock’s single, and Cody Bellinger’s single. In the fifth inning, Mookie Betts scored on a wild pitch. On the second consecutive day, during the eighth inning, Bellinger homered.

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