Clayton Kershaw pitched 8 shutout innings Wednesday, getting 12 strikeouts and retiring 25 out of 29 batters as the Dodgers defeated the Giants 1-0. Tim Lincecum also pitched good allowing only a 7th inning solo home run by Dioner Navarro. This reminds me of the Dodgers teams of the early 1960’s that depended on great pitching and had to scratch for runs.
From May 1, 1961 until June 1, 1966, Sandy Koufax pitched ten games in which the final score was Dodgers 1, other team 0. All games were complete game shutouts except for one in which Sandy got a little help from Ron Perranoski.
Time will tell whether Kershaw will continue to put up those kind of numbers, but at the same stage of their careers, Kershaw is way ahead of where Koufax was at the same age.
Colletti Cans Coach
Ned Colletti fired Dodger Hitting Coach Jeff Pentland following Tuesday’s game. He cited a lack of focus by the team’s struggling offense as reported by Tony Jackson in his ESPN Los Angeles blog. Colletti said he wanted to send a message to the players. I’m afraid that the only message he has succeeded in sending was for a player to get out of LA as soon as they hit free agency.
After Wednesday’s 1-0 victory in which the Dodgers were 0 for 13 with runners in scoring position on the first day new Hitting Coach Dave Hansen was in charge, Jackson tweeted:
A Dodgers position player who shall go nameless, as we entered clubhouse after game: `Well, that change of hitting coaches worked out well.’”
Way to help the team morale, Ned.