MVP versus MVP. Such a batter versus pitcher matchup had never been seen before. Mike Trout, the reigning AL MVP was set to hit against Clayton Kershaw, the reigning NL MVP. Kershaw got the best of Trout, causing him to go 0-for-3 with a strikeout.
Clayton Kershaw entered the game riding a 29 inning scoreless streak. After throwing 8 scoreless innings against the Angels today, Kershaw extended his streak to 37 innings. Last week, Kershaw’s teammate Zack Greinke had his 45 2/3 innings scoreless streak snapped. Kershaw is exactly one complete game shutout away from breaking that feat.
Kershaw set the tone of the game. In his 8 innings, he only allowed 2 hits and struck out 7 batters, while only walking one batter. Kenley Jansen recorded his 19th save of the season, but allowed a run for the second straight game. He struck out 2 batters, walked 1 batter, and gave up 2 hits.
Andrew Heaney was very effective for the Angels. He threw 5 1/3 innings for the Angels and allowed 2 earned runs. He allowed 1 run but left a runner on first base when he was pulled from the game. Fernando Salas came in and gave up a 2-run home run to Yasmani Grandal, and one run was charged to Heaney.
The Dodgers were led offensively by Yasmani Grandal, who went 3-for-4 with a 2-run homerun. Grandal also went 3-for-4 yesterday too. Scott Van Slyke also contributed an RBI on a sacrifice fly.
The Angels’ bats were absolutely stifled by Kershaw. Manager Mike Scioscia was ejected early in the game for arguing balls and strikes. One may have thought this could have ignited the offense to rally engine their manager, but they simply could not touch Kershaw. Albert Pujols went 2-for-4 and drove in the Angels’ only RBI.
Kershaw improved to 9-6 on the season and lowered his ERA to 2.37. Heaney suffered his first loss of the season, falling to 5-1. His ERA rose to 1.97.
What is next for these clubs?
With the CJ Wilson season-ending injury, the Angels called up Cory Rasmus to assume his spot in the rotation. Rasmus, the younger brother of Astros outfielder Colby Rasmus, will get the nod tomorrow in the Freeway Series finale. May Latos, who was a trade deadline acquisition for the Dodgers, will be on the bump tomorrow as well. The Angels have dropped 5 straight games and look to avoid getting swept for a second straight series. The game will be at Dodger Stadium at 1:10 PM.