Wednesday night was another one to remember for the Los Angeles Dodgers as after outscoring the Miami Marlins 15-1 on Tuesday, they followed up with another blowout victory at Marlins Park.
While the offense was great for the Dodgers, slugging out 12 hits and nine runs, the most impressive part of the night was Clayton Kershaw’s performance. The long-time Dodgers ace struck out the first seven batters to begin the game, setting a franchise record and falling just one shy of tying the MLB record.
Kershaw carried a perfect game into the fifth inning and for the 21st time in as many opportunities this season, he was able to get through at least six innings of work.
Overall, Kershaw gave up just two hits in seven shutout innings while striking out 10 without issuing any walks. In addition to having a 12-2 record and 2.63 ERA this season, Kershaw now has 165 career wins, which ties Sandy Koufax for the most by a left-hander in franchise history.
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Edwin Rios had a career night offensively, hitting his first two career home runs. The accomplishment was all the more memorable as it came in front of family and friends and not far from where Rios went to college at Florida International University.
Rios also had a single and a walk on the night, reaching base four times in five plate appearances. He was razed by teammates in the dugout as they twice gave the rookie the silent treatment.
Justin Turner and Corey Seager went deep in Tuesday’s series opener, and they both left the yard again on Wednesday as they continue to heat up at the plate. Turner now has 12 home runs in his last 31 games after hitting just nine in his first 81 to begin the season.
Seager slumped a bit when he came off the 10-day injured list in the middle of July, but he has begun to find his form as of late. After going 2-for-5, he is 9-for-31 (.290 batting average) in his last eight games.