Red Birds Snap Dodgers Road Streak but Clayton Kershaw Still Reigns Supreme

Dodgers 1 9 0

Cardinals 5 8 1

WP- Kelly (3-3)

LP- Kershaw (10-7)

HR- Beltran (20), Adams (9)

Thanks to the ongoing feud between Time Warner Cable and CBS, I was unable to watch the Dodgers game on Tuesday evening. Instead of watching Clayton Kershaw pitch a solid 6 innings while allowing 2 runs on 6 hits while striking out 5 and walking 2 on 90 pitches, I instead had to listen to the Dodgers game the old-fashioned way. Rick Monday and Kevin Kennedy aren’t the worst of the bunch, but my annoyance at the situation caused me to be in a foul mood from the start. While two greedy corporations are fighting over the millions in profits that they net after charging their customers exorbitant fees, I am without my Dodger baseball. Perhaps I am spoiled nowadays with my big screen TV and my reliable Dodger baseball telecasts. I remember a time when half the Dodger games weren’t televised at all. Those were dark times indeed.

 

Aug 6, 2013; St. Louis, MO, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw (22) delivers a pitch against the St. Louis Cardinals during the first inning. Mandatory Credit: Scott Rovak-USA TODAY Sports

So bear with me during this continuing cable provider blackout. It’s extremely frustrating to be denied something that should never be withheld from Dodger fans. Every Dodger fan, whether you are living in market or not, should have access to your Dodgers for every game of the season and postseason. In this day and age, if you are paying good money for cable service your Dodger baseball feed should be constant and uninterrupted. Next season we will hopefully not have these issues when the new Time Warner contract begins, but this season could be something special. The Dodgers have been playing on a historic level, and I do not want to miss one inning.

Perhaps it was better that I didn’t have to witness the bunting and Brandon League on the big screen tonight. The Dodgers epic road win streak came to an end tonight, but it sure was glorious while it lasted. All good things must come to an end, but there was a child-like hope within me that wanted the streak to continue forever or maybe just a few more games to break the Major League record of 17 consecutive road wins. Even Clayton Kershaw could not prevent the loss tonight, and our bad luck ace was once again tagged with the loss, his seventh of the season, even though he pitched admirably. Kershaw’s ERA still is under 2.00 (1.91), and even though the Dodgers continue to slight him his deserved run support, Kershaw will certainly garner Cy Young Award votes.

Joe Kelly and Clayton Kershaw both pitched well through the first half of the game. The Cardinals scored two runs in the bottom half of the fifth inning on a Jon Jay double, a RBI single by Tony Cruz, a double by Pete Kozma, and a scoring groundout hit by Kelly.

The Dodgers notched one run in the top of the sixth thanks to a lead-off double by Carl Crawford followed by a RBI single by Adrian Gonzalez. The Dodgers would sour the rally after Yasiel Puig and Andre Ethier both singled to load the bases up with one out. A.J. Ellis disappointingly grounds into the inning ending double play. We still love you, A.J.

Brandon League is terrible. He allowed two homeruns in the bottom of the eighth inning. Photo: Scott Rovak-USA TODAY Sports

 

The Dodgers squander another scoring opportunity in the top of the seventh which would end up costing them the game. Juan Uribe doubled to lead-off the frame, but then Don Mattingly calls for Nick Punto to bunt Uribe over to third. Keep in mind that Uribe is already in scoring position. Now, you can argue that Uribe would have a hard time scoring on a single, but Don Mattingly could have used a pinch-runner (Dee Gordon is available off the bench). Of course the bunt fails miserably, and Uribe is out at third on the fielder’s choice. Skip Schumaker grounds into a force out. Carl Crawford draws a walk, but Mark Ellis pops out to end the inning and any hopes of scoring.

J.P. Howell comes in to relieve Kershaw in the seventh, and the southpaw retires the side in order. The Dodgers can’t do anything in the eighth as Puig and Ethier both strike out swinging against St. Louis reliever Trevor Rosenthal.

I’m sure glad I wasn’t watching the bottom of the eighth inning on television. Brandon League returns to form as he allows not one but two homeruns to the Cardinals. Carlos Beltran hits his 20th homerun of the year with one out, and Matt Adams hits a two-run shot after League had walked Matt Holliday. Mattingly has to hook League before the last out, and Carlos Marmol induces a groundout from Jon Jay to mercifully end the three-run frame. Brandon League is still terrible. He may have had a few good innings recently, but he cannot be allowed to pitch in any game that is within reach.

Other than a Nick Punto single in the ninth, the Dodgers go down without much of a fight. Kershaw gets the loss while Joe Kelly gets the win. Kelly allowed just one run on 6 hits while striking out one and walking 2 on 88 pitches. The Dodgers fall to 62-50 on the year, and they lose a game in the standings since Arizona won. The Dodgers lead the division by 5 games.

 

Aug 6, 2013; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Joe Kelly (58) delivers a pitch against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the first inning. Mandatory Credit: Scott Rovak-USA TODAY Sports

The road win streak came to a dead end on Tuesday, but the streak was impressive nonetheless. It’s clear that the Dodgers need Hanley Ramirez back in the lineup, and without the slugger their offense is placid. Ramirez is reportedly feeling better, and we hope that he can return soon.

Game three will be televised on ESPN and Prime Ticket, so I will not be so bitterly angry tomorrow since I’ll be able to enjoy the game on TV. Ricky Nolasco will take on Rookie of the Year candidate Shelby Miller at 5:15 p.m.

Have you been affected by the Time Warner blackout? Let us know in the comments.

Topics: Clayton Kershaw, Joe Kelly, Los Angeles Dodgers, St. Louis Cardinals

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  • Victor Ochoa

    It is really stupid that we can’t see our Dodger games because of Time Warner and CBS and also more stupid that we the Dodgers fans have to call them to complain….C’MON……GG DODGERS !!!!!!!!

    • Stacie Wheeler

      Did you call and complain? What did they say?

  • Riley

    I have to disagree with the title of this article. Kershaw did not reign supreme, he lost.

    • Stacie Wheeler

      He still is the best in the game regardless of wins & losses.

    • LasordasLair

      When did Kershaw become the new Kuroda? They never score runs for him anymore.

  • Rhonda Wood

    Stacie, you should call Time Warner, and thank them for not having this game on! Clayton should go to Donnie, look him in the eye, and tell him, “you put League in in one more game I pitch, and I will not resign, with the Dodgers next year”! Kersh would have 16 or 17 wins, if not for his guy! Clayton pitched his azz off, and got his usual run support. Both Ellis’ keep coming up with the bases loaded or 2 men on, and less than 2 out, a DP was the usual result, they are both not hitting again. The inning they got 2 runs, M Ellis is playing so far back against their pitcher, they score the winning run on a ground out, that run should have been cut down at the plate, St. Louis has NO team speed at all! I hope they get Wilson up soon, and he still has his stuff, League, and Marmol, ARE NOT TO BE TRUSTED, in any game, no matter what the situation! Man do we need Hanley back in the lineup, Puig, and Crawford played, very well again along with Clayton, who made a great DP on a line drive hit right back at his face, at least he did not get hurt, it was the only thing good in this game! Hopefully we start a new streak tonight, this race is not over by a long shot! Tim W.

    • Stacie Wheeler

      The DPs are frustrating. Unfortunately League & Marmol will probably stick around with Sept. roster expansions around the corner. They are both awful however. I’m glad I missed League’s atrocious 8th inning homerun derby.

    • Quasimodo

      League worked hard to get another chance to do what he likes to do. And Guerra’s working hard to do the same thing. League isn’t the reason for last night’s loss – though he took two steps back at a time I was failing at trying to like him, the team did the harm. Yep, the team that gave its fans an amazing run let the pitcher, who keeps on giving, down. Buster Olney points out that Kershaw ranks 88th of 91 qualified starters for run support. That’s not bad luck – that’s a team that has a different mind-set when Kershaw takes the mound. Cheers for the team who gave us so much fun. But boos for the team who refused to let Kershaw give us more. Dodgers, go to a shrink and get your heads on right before the next time Kershaw take the mound. You’re lucky League is taking as much of the fall as he is. But your failure didn’t go unnoticed! 88th dammit!

      • LasordasLair

        I agree with this. from what I’ve noticed, they seem to let up at the plate in the games Kershaw pitches. It’s like they have a mindset that well Kershaw is gonna throw a shutout, so all we have to do is eek accross one or two runs and we’ll win easily. I can’t prove it, but it seems that way since they just stopped scoring runs for him. Although that horrible bunt play in the seventh ended the game. That was their last chance to score, and they bunted it away. They better score alot of runs tonight with Nolasco on the hill.

      • Rhonda Wood

        Quasi, their bats cooled off after the Toronto series! Hanley and Puig, and Crawford, have carried the team along with some great pitching! They just got to get Haney and Kemp back in the lineup, Andre is not hitting again also!

        • LasordasLair

          Well he did get that broken bat single in game one. And that was crucial. But he has tapered of a bit. A few others have too. They really need Hanley back and to stop bunting. The key to winning is not bunting ever