Final Score: Dodgers 13, Cardinals 2
- Clayton Kershaw recorded his 16th win of the year, the first time it’s happened since Billingsley won 16 in ’08. He also struck out 8, including Albert Pujols, Matt Holliday and Lance Berkman, to become the youngest pitcher to record back to back 200 strikeout seasons since Doc Gooden. He also lowered hist ERA to 2.51. So, he’s not too bad.
- The offense started early, with 8 runs in the first 3 innings. Rod Barajas homered twice, since Dioner Navarro was obviously holding him back. Kemp smashed a bomb just left of center for his 29th homer of the season, a career high and it was estimated at 438 feet. Sellers and Carroll had 3 hit days and Andre Ethier was the only batter to go hitless, though he did walk twice.
- 6 for 8 with RISP. That makes up for some 0′fers. Only 4 runners left on base. This is the first series in St Louis that the Dodgers have won since 2003.
The finale tomorrow will feature Hiroki Kuroda and Jaime Garcia. Kuroda faced the Cards on April 14 and gave up 6 runs on 10 hits thru 5 innings. Garcia was his counterpart in that matchup and allowed 3 runs in 5 innings for the win. Game time is 11:15pm Pacific.