Kershaw’s Brilliance and Bellinger’s Two Homers Give the Dodgers a Win

Friday, August 14, 2020
Copyrighted by Sarah Morris, 2020

The Los Angeles Dodgers traveled to Anaheim Friday. Behind a brilliant seven-inning performance by Clayton Kershaw and two home runs by the slumping Cody Bellinger, the Dodgers defeated the Los Angeles Angels 7-to-4.

After last Saturday’s outing against the San Francisco Giants, many sportswriters wrote off Clayton Kershaw as a washed-up starter. After all, Kershaw is thirty-two years old and allowed three home runs to the weak Giants.

The Dodgers understood Kershaw needed an extra day of rest, but Kershaw’s team did not have a day off. Unlike most teams, the Dodgers found another quality starter in Tony Gonsolin. Both Julio Urias and Kershaw responded to the extra rest.

Through the third inning, Kershaw had a no-hitter as he changed speeds with expertise. He used both his famous curveball and slider. The first and only hit that Kershaw allowed was a solo home run by Anthony Rendon. He struck out six. Kershaw’s endurance allowed manager Dave Roberts to rest the Dodger bullpen who faltered Friday.

Since Justin Turner collected his 1000th Major-League hit, he has been on fire. In the fourth inning, Turner singled in Austin Barnes. AJ Pollock grounded into a fielder’s choice scoring Corey Seager.

From Opening Day, people have worried about Bellinger. During the quarantine, Bellinger tinkered with his batting stance in hopes of improving. So far, it has not worked. During a normal 162-game regular season, not many people would be Bellinger’s .181 batting average and only one home run after twenty-one games. However, in 2020, the Dodgers have played more than 1/3 season, and the 2019 National League’s MVP is having an awful season. People are talking about how bad Bellinger is and/or what is wrong with Bellinger.

Friday, Bellinger blasted two solo home runs. This might relax Bellinger and let him stop trying too hard. One of his problems has been he wanted to succeed that he has been pressing. His offensive woes have not affected Bellinger’s stellar defense.

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