OK, this is getting a little ridiculous at this point.
Clayton Kershaw extended his scoreless streak to 36 innings last night by allowing just two hits over eight shutout innings in a 9-0 victory over the Rockies at Coors Field. We don’t see many shutouts at Coors Field, but of course, Kershaw isn’t your usual pitcher.
Kershaw struck out eight batters and walked just one in the victory. 17 of his 36 consecutive scoreless innings have come against the Rockies, as he threw his no-hitter against them back on June 18. He has allowed just 18 hits with a 45/5 K/BB ratio during his streak. The Dodgers’ ace now sits at 10-2 with a 1.85 ERA and 115/12 K/BB ratio in 87 1/3 innings over 13 starts this season.
As for his scoreless streak, it’s third-longest in Dodgers history. Don Drysdale threw 58 consecutive scoreless innings in 1968 before Orel Hersisher established the new MLB record with 59 straight scoreless innings in 1988.
The ALCS had a weird play in Game 4 on Tuesday night, but Game 4 of the NLCS did as well. This one involved Cubs outfielder Albert Almora, Jr. and his attempt to spark a rally in the bottom of the ninth inning against Dodgers reliever Ross Stripling.
After Alex Avila singled, Almora ripped a double to left field, past a diving Enrique Hernandez. The ball rolled to the ivy in front of the wall. Most outfielders there would’ve put their hands up, which would have alerted the umpires to call an immediate ground-rule double. Hernandez didn’t, instead fishing the ball out and firing it back into the infield. Avila had stopped at third base, but Almora kept running. Much to his surprise, he pulled up into third base to see his teammate standing there, resigned to his fate as a dead duck. Third baseman Justin Turner applied the tag on Almora for what he thought was the first out of the inning.
Almora, however, was then sent back to second base after the umpires correctly called a ground-rule double.
Unfortunately for the Cubs, the lucky break didn’t help as closer Kenley Jansen came in and took care of business, retiring all three batters he faced without letting an inherited runner score. The Dodgers won 6-1 and now lead the NLCS three games to none. They’ll try to punch their ticket to the World Series on Wednesday.