Stratton perfect in very short start

Nolan Arenado is congratulated in the dugout after hitting a solo home run during the third inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers Sunday Sept. 10 2017 in Los Angeles. (AP
Stratton perfect in very short start
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14 September, 2017

Vin Scully's objectivity was legendary and his refusal to engage in happy talk was ultimately proof of his respect for the game, the players and all those who care about baseball. I'm not reading too much into that, yet.

The Colorado Rockies, fresh off a four-game sweep of the Dodgers in Los Angeles, picked up another road win in the NL West on Monday.

With their one win in the 17-game span a 1-0 victory, they have zero comeback victories in the last couple of weeks.

But the best arm at AT&T Park belonged to Clayton Kershaw.

Kershaw (16-3) will pitch Game 2 on Tuesday night, opposed by the Giants' Johnny Cueto (7-7). He was supposed to take the September pressure off Kershaw, but hasn't, and at this point you'd wonder if he'll be part of the post-season rotation. "I thought tonight was better".

Well, it's safe to say that my wish has been granted beyond measure. The Dodgers stranded seven runners in the first three innings.

Despite the fact that we are still in first place (as of this writing), it's tough to be a Dodger fan right now.

"This needs to happen", Kershaw said.

"I just focus on what I have that day", he said. "We needed this one".

Patrick Corbin took the loss on Friday, while Robbie Ray continued his dominance with the win on Sunday.

Posey collected two hits and two RBIs, and Pence scored twice for the Giants (57-89).

The very next hitter Chris Taylor hit a roller to shortstop Tomlinson with Kershaw running the throw went to third, but Kershaw avoided the out with an adept slide and suddenly the Dodgers were in business. "A lot of days off are spent traveling". "They battled, competed. We just came up a little short".

The Dodgers got even against Stratton's replacement, left-hander Ty Blach, in a four-run fourth.

Vin Scully often said that the roar of the fans had enchanted him from childhood; he respected the fans, and we trusted him.

The Dodgers are in the midst of a historically bad run.

The Dodgers stranded 13 baserunners, the Giants 11.

This weekend the Dodgers visit Nationals Park for a three-game series that will be a huge factor in the push for the post-season.

Gray was placed on the disabled list April 14 with a stress fracture in his left foot and didn't return until June 30.

Again, it seems like there is always something going wrong for the Dodgers recently.

"I don't really see us as putting pressure on ourselves", infielder Chase Utley said before the game.

It was generously scored a double.

But enough about the Dodgers' slouch to the playoffs.

"As far as looking back at two weeks and you win one game, I think that seeps in", Roberts said. Just consider how dramatically a win or loss could impact the course of the Gators' season. Dodgers 1B/OF Cody Bellinger's three intentional walks were the most in the majors since Washington Nationals RF Bryce Harper had three on May 8, 2016. Although a hot month can add to our understanding of a team's chances in October, the idea of late-season momentum remains a myth.

The Dodgers waited out two rain delays for a total of 3 hours, 32 minutes Monday night, only to blow a 5-4 lead in an 8-6 loss that manager Dave Roberts labeled "disappointing". Rams quarterback Jared Goff, who was more of a punch line in his rookie season than an actual NFL player, looked downright competent. The play originally was ruled a fielder's choice.


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