Clayton Kershaw showed why he is the Dodgers ace pitcher and a favorite to win the Cy Young award. Despite not being overpowering in terms of strikeouts, Kershaw turned in a complete game masterpiece winning 4-1 over the Padres. Kershaw is now 17-5 on the year and a dominating 10-1 with a 1.80 ERA at Dodger Stadium.
James Loney continued his hot streak with another homer. He has gone 18 for 35 in his last 8 games, raising his batting average from .254 to .275. Maybe he reads this blog and was tired of being called “Loweeny” all the time. If Loney continues his torrid streak through the end of the year, the Dodgers will have a big decision to make regarding his salary for next year.
Señor Winces, AKA Andre Ethier, went 3 for 4 with an RBI. Either his knee felt better, or he was grinning and bearing it.
Today Hiroki Kuroda takes the mound against the Padres Tim Stauffer. Kuroda has gone 4-1 in August with a 2.16 ERA. It is amazing what happens when the team scores runs for Kuroda. They scored 27 runs in his 13 losses before August. In his five games in August, they scored 28 runs.
This Day in Dodgers History
August 30, 1952 – Nine-time All-Star infielder Arky Vaughn drowns with a friend when their boat capsized while fishing in a volcanic lake near Eagleville, CA. The former shortstop and third baseman, who compiled .318 batting average and a .406 on-base percentage playing with the Pirates and Dodgers, was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1985.