Pitching for the first time in the second half, Kershaw offset the seven hits he allowed by striking out seven. His team’s offense appeared designed to maximize irritation. The Dodgers (65-29) batted 1-for-10 with runners in scoring position, stranded 11 men and hit into four double plays.
Kershaw was pitching after nine days of rest. On the final day of the first half, he logged his first complete game of the season. The Dodgers had already decided to give him an extended break heading into the second half. Kershaw led the majors with 132 1/3 innings in the first half.
“I think it’ll benefit him tonight and moving forward, just to give him a little blow,” manager Dave Roberts said before the game.