Tuesday, 22 August, 2017

Surging Dodgers go for sweep of Indians

Damon Campbell | 19 June, 2017, 05:16

The Indians' third baseman that night was Casey Blake, who had a single and a double against Kershaw.

Cleveland Indians fans in attendance at Progressive Field on Tuesday, myself included, witnessed one of the greatest pitchers to ever take the mound lead his team to a victory. The Dodgers are now 41-25 overall and 16-15 on the road.

Grant Dayton came in to face Brantley, though, and this time Zimmer beat Puig's throw home on a sacrifice fly to right-center field. He left a ball nearly dead center in the middle of the plate and Puig crushed it.

Puig gave someone the ol' double bird as he ran to first base.

Kershaw himself was seemingly kept off balance all night, at least by his sky-high standards.

Tied 2-2 in the eighth, Enrique Hernandez drove a solo home run to right field off Miller that led to a four-run eighth to take the lead and put the game out of reach.

Indians ace Corey Kluber turned in another strong outing since his return to the disabled list and made some history while doing it. Kluber allowed two runs on four hits and a walk and struck out 10 in seven innings. That allowed a run to score.

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He tried to play a ideal shot and barely got it out, then chipped down to 5 feet and missed the putt, making double bogey. He had said his breathing exercises over putting didn't mean he would always have good days, and this was a bad one.

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So, getting a win, and an impressive one at that, will be vital. India vs Canada is set to begin at 6.30pm IST, 2pm BST. After the India match, we just motivated the guys.

The teams look like two ships passing in the night. Taylor pulled a double into the left field corner, moving Grandal to third.

Jorge Bonifacio drove in three runs and snapped an 0-for-13 drought, Alex Gordon added two hits and two runs, while Whit Merrifield had a bases-loaded triple to help Kansas City to a win in its first appearance at AT&T Park since the 2014 World Series.

Thanks to Daniel Robertson they nearly did, though, because after Bradley Zimmer finally made an appearance in the game, things started to miraculously happen.

In Minneapolis, Eddie Rosario hit three home runs and drove in five runs and the Twins set a franchise record with 28 hits while batting around in two different innings. I think with a lot of bullpens, nights like this happen fairly regularly. He was replaced by INF Erik Gonzalez.

Nine years later, Kershaw has a 1.31 ERA in games in which he has faced either a current or future Cy Young Award victor, allowing 23 earned runs in 22 starts. Of course it didn't matter in the end with Bellinger's dinger, but Kipnis's slowly declining defense isn't fun to watch.

Roberto Perez of all people belted a 430-foot bomb off Clayton Kershaw of all people. He'll always have that. "I was lightheaded. I knew my heart was going too fast and I had one of the trainers check me".

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