Clayton Kershaw has always been a stopper for the Dodgers, but rarely is he the stopper of a Dodgers winning streak led by great starting pitching. But Kershaw was just on the wrong side of a one-run decision tonight, giving up 3 ER over 7.0 IP despite striking out nine. A two-run HR by Brandon Phillips in the first was enough to give Cincinnati an early lead, and though the Dodgers battled back to get two runs (one on a Yasiel Puig solo HR), we wasted enough scoring opportunities (0-for-7 with RISP) to give the game, and the series sweep, away.
The Pirates come into town tomorrow for a four-game set. Let's not get stuck underfoot of this game, Dodgers. Show some sole and get back into the W column!