When the Los Angeles Dodgers send Clayton Kershaw to the mound, we expect to see him dominate his opponents at the plate. However, we do not necessarily expect to see Kershaw dominate the opposing pitcher while he is at the plate. We got that special treat Monday night as the Dodgers defeated the Colorado Rockies 11-4 at Coors Field.
Kershaw (W: 4-3, 3.73 ERA) had nearly as many hits himself as he allowed to the Rockies. He was 3 for 4 at the plate with 1 RBI and 1 run scored. On the mound, he pitched seven innings, allowing two earned runs on five hits. He walked one, struck out seven, and served up a home run.
With the scored tied at two in the top of the sixth, the Dodgers started a six-run rally. Enrique Hernandez singled home Andre Ethier, who led off with a triple, with the go-ahead run. Kershaw followed with his third hit of the night to drive home Jimmy Rollins (Hernandez was picked off). He then scored on Joc Pederson's two-run home run (14) before Howie Kendrick competed the big inning with an RBI single of his own to make the score 8-2.
Kershaw looped a single in the second and smacked a double off the left-field wall in the fifth. He is 5 for 27 (.185) with 2 RBI on the season.
Ethier (7) and Rollins (6) each hit solo home runs in the second to give the Dodgers the early 2-0 lead. Hendrick added a three-run shot (5) in the eighth to give them their final tallies.
Down 2-0 in the bottom of the fourth, Colorado tied the game on Nolan Arenado's two-run bomb (13) off Kershaw. It was his third home run at home, which should silence critics who claim that he hits for power only at Coors Field. He has hit 10 home runs on the road.
The Rockies got two more in the top of the ninth, but by then, the game was well out of hand.
Kyle Kendrick (L: 2-7, 6.55 ERA) allowed six runs (five earned) on 10 hits in 5 1/3 innings. He walked two, struck out one, and served up both second-inning home runs.
On Tuesday, the Rockies and Dodgers play two. In Game 1, L.A.'s Juan Nolacso (1-1, 1.29) faces Colorado's Jorge De La Rosa (1-2, 6.51) at 3:10 p.m. EDT. Game 2 begins at 8:05 and features Zack Greinke (5-1, 1.48) against a yet undetermined Rockies starter.