So we got the sweep, and Clayton Kershaw went an eight full innings and allowed only one unearned run, in the fourth inning, when Yasiel Puig dove but couldn't come up with a short fly ball, and when the ball deflected to left fielder Scott Van Slyke, SVS fielded the ball but came up awkwardly and lobbed the ball into the infield, allowing the run to score. Van Slyke's injury (which SVS is blaming on the Chase Field grass) didn't look horrible on replays, and we hope the big bearded man is okay; however it was a big loss from the game since he had just stroked a solo HR in the third that put the Dodgers up 3-0 (Matt Kemp had a two-RBI double right before SVS' shot, but was thrown out by a mile trying to stretch it to a triple).
Luckily for the Dodgers, we didn't need any more runs than the three we scored in the third inning, as Kershaw was at his usual lights-out level (6 H, 2 BB, and 10 Ks). Kenley Jansen saw three batters in the ninth and struck out two of them, for his 38th save.
A.J. Ellis raised his average to .192 on his second-straight multi-hit game (2-for-3). Way to go! Mendoza line in reach!
Day off tomorrow. SVS' ankle could use the rest.