By Jon Weisman
August 22, 2013: Vin Scully announces return, Dodgers win, 6-0.
July 29, 2014: Vin Scully announces return, Dodgers win, 8-4.
August 28, 2015: Vin Scully announces return, Dodgers win, 4-1.
I do see a trend, though it hasn’t hurt to have Clayton Kershaw on the mound for two of those three games.
Tonight, Kershaw tied a season high with 14 strikeouts — one shy of the career high he set in his June 18, 2014 no-hitter — in the Dodgers’ third victory over the Cubs in five meetings this year.
Kershaw allowed a fourth-inning home run to Anthony Rizzo that tied the game at 1, but then retired the next 10 batters he faced, striking out seven, and didn’t surrender a hit the rest of the game. He threw 108 pitches in his eight innings of work.
Though Kershaw had his 31-inning home scoreless streak broken, the big lefty finished August with a 1.24 ERA and 51 strikeouts in 45 innings. He is the first Dodger pitcher to have at least 50 strikeouts in August since Hideo Nomo in 1995, according to Baseball-Reference.com.
Since May 26, Kershaw has a 1.28 ERA with 163 strikeouts in 126 2/3 innings.
Chase Utley, who tripled in the Dodgers’ first run (his first RBI with his new team) in the third inning, scored the go-ahead run from second base in the sixth on a wild pitch and throwing error. Los Angeles pushed across two more runs in the inning for breathing room.