LOS ANGELES, CA (News4usonline) – Statistically, the Los Angeles Dodgers (86-46) are still the best team in baseball. That can change in a heartbeat. If the Dodgers blink, like losing two of three games against the New York Yankees at Dodger Stadium this weekend, New York (85-47) and the Houston Astros (85-47) are waiting in the wings to claim that mantle.
The Dodgers are 40 games above the .500 mark in the win-loss columns. The nearest team in the National League West is the San Francisco Giants. Twenty games separate the Dodgers from the Giants. The Dodgers are having an incredible run this season.
And yet the Yankees comes to town and remind the Dodgers that they’re sitting right on their coattails should they slip up. Clayton Kershaw, the ace of the Dodgers’ pitching staff, tripped up a couple of times in serving up multiple home runs to the out-of-town visitors. Kershaw struck out a dozen Yankees hitters Sunday at Dodger Stadium.
In a lot of games that many strikeouts of opposing team’s batters would result into a win. The Yankees are not just any run-of-the-mill baseball team. They are the Yankees, whether you like them or not. That championship pedigree the Yankees have been known for, came through in the finale of a three-game series against the Dodgers.
The Yankees hit three home runs off of Kershaw to claim a 5-1 win in Los Angeles. DJ LeMahieu went yard on Kershaw in the first inning to give New York its first lead of the ballgame. Then came the judge. Aaron Judge hit his 16th home run of the season in the third inning to give the Yankees a lead they would not relinquish back to the Dodgers.
Mike Ford finished off the hit parade for New York with a solo home run in the top half of the sixth inning to give the Yankees a 3-1 cushion. The Yankees added two more runs in the eighth and ninth innings to build a safe lead. Starting with Domingo German, New York used five pitchers to shut the Dodgers’ hitters down.
In picking up his 17th win (17-3) of the season, German pitched six innings and struck out five batters. The combined five pitchers for the Yankees surrendered just five hits in the game
Kershaw gave up just four hits through seven innings of action. That wasn’t good enough for him or the Dodgers. Three of those four hits came courtesy of the Yankees’ home run makers. The defeat drops Kershaw’s record to 13-3.