Dodgers Report: Gordon Beckham
June, 2, 2014
By Mark Saxon | ESPNLosAngeles.com
LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers haven’t exactly gotten on a roll just yet, but they have made one critical fix to their team.
They no longer beat themselves -- at least, not very often. On Monday, they stood aside and let the other team self-destruct, as the Chicago White Sox made three errors to help hand the Dodgers a 5-2 win with Clayton Kershaw on the mound.
The win was the Dodgers' second in their past six games.
How it happened: Kershaw continued to have his share of struggles with breaking balls, and he gave up another extra-base hit to a right-handed hitter. But he persevered, and the Dodgers finally rallied -- with nary a hard-hit ball -- in the sixth inning to get him a win.
Kershaw (4-2) started the rally with the Dodgers’ second hit of the game, grounding a single into left field. The White Sox made two errors, and all five runs were unearned. The “big” blow was Justin Turner’s bloop single over Gordon Beckham’s head.
Kershaw struck out nine batters and allowed just four hits in eight innings.
Hits: If Jose Abreu were in the National League, it would be entertaining to see how he fares against Kershaw over the coming years. Abreu hit a Kershaw slider over the left-field wall in his second at-bat since coming off the disabled list. Abreu, a former teammate of Yasiel Puig’s in Cuba, is the third player in the modern era to hit at least 16 home runs in his first 45 career games. The others were both named Wally -- Berger and Joyner.
Kershaw has allowed 16 extra-base hits, 15 of them to right-handed hitters, so far this season.
Misses: It had been more than a month since Puig had a bad night, which is why he’ll probably be May’s NL Player of the Month. Puig reached base in 33 straight games before the streak came to an end Monday night. The streak was a fraction of an inch from continuing, but Beckham’s throw narrowly beat Puig to the bag after Puig misplayed his hard shot in the first inning. The Dodgers contemplated challenging the call, but bench coach Tim Wallach gave manager Don Mattingly the thumbs-down sign from the dugout. Puig did actually get on base, but it was via a Beckham error in the seventh.
Stat of the day: Since 1914, only four players have needed fewer games than Dee Gordon to steal their 100th career base. They are Vince Coleman, Tim Raines, Rickey Henderson and Alan Wiggins.
Up next: The teams’ continue their interleague series Tuesday, with Dan Haren (5-3, 3.28 ERA) opposing Hector Noesi (0-3, 4.33) in a game that begins at 7:10 p.m. PT.