You don’t see Clayton Kershaw taken to the woodshed like this every day.
The Diamondbacks pummeled the Dodgers’ ace last night, beating him up for seven runs on six hits in an inning and two-thirds. Things actually settled down for a bit after that and the Dodgers even managed to pull close — it was 9-7 after the Dodgers scored five runs in the sixth — but Arizona kept on hitting and made this one into a laugher with nine unanswered runs after that.
Paul Goldschmidt homered twice, had a career-high six RBI and set a team record with five runs scored. Chris Owings homered, triples and doubled. A.J. Pollock and Eric Chavez homered. Martin Prado had three RBIs. Even the Dodgers’ secret bullpen weapon — catcher Drew Butera — couldn’t help put out the fire. He allowed two runs on two hits, including a homer.
Here are the rest of yesterday’s box scores:
Diamondbacks 18, Dodgers 7
Yankees 7, Pirates 1
Cardinals 4, Braves 1
Cubs 3, Brewers 0
Astros 6, White Sox 5
Mets 5, Nationals 2
Athletics 6, Indians 2
Phillies 12, Reds 1
Tigers 6, Red Sox 1
Padres 8, Rockies 5
Royals 1, Orioles 0
Twins 4, Mariners 3
Marlins 5, Giants 0
Blue Jays 4, Rangers 2
Angels 6, Rays 0
I hope you don’t have any plans tonight at around 10PM Eastern time, because that’s when we get a pitching matchup for the ages as Max Scherzer will take on Clayton Kershaw at Dodger Stadium. When they meet tonight it will be the first time two pitchers with three or more Cy Young Awards have matched up since 2006. That year, and in 2005 and 2000, Roger Clemens faced Greg Maddux. In 2001 Clemens faced Pedro Martinez.
Kershaw won his hardware in 2011, 2013 and 2014, with an MVP award in 2014 to boot. Scherzer collected trophies in 2013, 2016 and 2017. Each has started the 2018 season in Cy Young form. Kershaw is 1-2, but that record is due to poor run support. He has a 1.73 ERA and has struck out 31 batters and has walked only three in 26 innings. Scherzer is 3-1 with a 1.33 ERA and a whopping 38 strikeouts to only 4 walks in 27 innings.
This will be the third time that Kershaw and Scherzer faced each other if you include the playoffs. The first meeting was a decade ago when both were rookies. They most recently faced off in Game 1 of the 2016 NLDS, way back when Scherzer only had one Cy Young Award to his credit. Kershaw beat Scherzer in that playoff game and the Dodgers beat Scherzer’s teams in the two regular season matchups, with neither guy setting the world on fire. As so often happens in baseball, the hype hasn’t been matched by reality.
Still, there’s always a chance it will. And even if, in the end, this turns into a slugfest, the first couple of innings should at least give us some hope of something good. I’ll be watching.