If there was any place the Dodgers' bats were going to breakout, it had to have been Coors Field, right? Clayton Kershaw not only whent 7.0 IP with 5 H and 2 ER (1 BB, 7 Ks), he also went 3-for-4 with an RBI and a run from the plate, to help lead the Dodgers to an amazing 18-hit victory. 18 hits is only nine times the number of hits we had Sunday, or more hits than we had in the entire three-game series in St. Louis.
Joc Pederson and Howie Kendrick each had three-run HRs to help the cause (the Dodgers broke open the game in the sixth with a six-run frame), but it was Kershaw who was the man today, with a great effort obscured only by a two-run Nolan Arenado HR in the fourth.
Andre Ethier and Jimmy Rollins each had solo shots in the second inning to give the Dodgers a short-lived 2-0 lead. Very cool to see everyone getting into this, however: Adrian Gonzalez went 4-for-4 with a run; and Rollins' 2-for-4 effort lifts his batting average to .209. Happy days!
Scoreboard watching: Pirates @ Giants is in play now, with the Giants wasting a bases-loaded, no-out chance in the sixth (scoring no runs). 4-2 Pittsburgh, bottom 7.
UPDATE: The Giants lost, 4-3.