Better Late Than Never for the Dodgers
Clayton Kershaw was lights out once again needing only a Russell Martin double in the eighth inning to beat the New York Mets 1-0 and earn his 10th win of the season.
“He’s pitched some great great games this year,” manager Joe Torre said. “He’s a special kid. He’s got a great calm about him.”
And that calm persisted despite some bumps.
In the first inning on a 2-2 count what appeared to be a foul-tip third strike by David Wright to end the inning was ruled merely a foul ball by home plate umpire Dana DeMuth as the Dodgers were leaving the field. Given added life, Wright lined a double up the middle to keep the inning going. Kershaw gathered himself and struck out Carlos Beltran to end the inning.
Kershaw got into some trouble in the fifth inning after allowing back-to-back two-out singles to Jeff Francoeur and Josh Thole. He got Dickey to hit back to the box to end the threat.
The Mets had a good opportunity to score in the sixth inning when leadoff man Jose Reyes got on base with a single. However Kershaw picked Reyes off when he tried to steal second which cost the Mets dearly since Luis Castillo followed up with a double. A great grab by third baseman Casey Blake on Beltran’s liner ended the inning.