Recap: Clayton Kershaw Throws 3rd Complete-Game Shutout Of 2016 Season
Recap: Clayton Kershaw Throws 3rd Complete-game Shutout Of 2016 Season
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There was no rest for the weary as the Los Angeles Dodgers, one night removed from playing 17 innings, opened a three-game series with the Cincinnati Reds. Some bullpen reinforcements arrived as Luis Avilan and Mike Bolsinger were recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma City.

Bolsinger was said to be available out of the bullpen on Monday night, though the plan held for him to start Tuesday in place of Ross Stripling. The Reds had Clayton Kershaw in an early jam following a Zack Cosart leadoff double and Billy Hamilton sacrifice bunt.

However, true to form, Kershaw battled and kept Cincinnati off the board. Adrian Gonzalez reached on an error with two outs and Howie Kendrick drew a walk, but Brandon Finnegan retired Trayce Thompson to end a scoreless first inning.

Kershaw picked up his first strikeout of the game as he retired the Reds in order in the second. Finnegan followed suit, getting Yasiel Puig swinging as he set the Dodgers down in order in the bottom half of the inning.

Tucker Barnhart led off the third with a base hit, but A.J. Ellis alertly threw down to second base after fielding Finnegan’s bunt. Kershaw proceeded to end another scoreless inning of work two groundouts later.

The left-handed ace started the bottom of the third with a single for the Dodgers’ first hit of the game. Kiké Hernandez flies out, then Justin Turner grounded into an inning-ending double play. Joey Votto received the benefit of a call on a full count to draw a leadoff walk in the fourth.

He was erased one batter later as Brandon Phillips grounded into a double play. Jay Bruce then rolled a grounder over to first base to end the inning. Howie Kendrick lined a one-out single to center and soon after stole second base.

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