Matt Kemp & Joe Mather Team Up For Game-Winning Homer

August 4, 2012 at 8:45 pm | Posted in Clayton Kershaw | Leave a comment

They say that all wins look the same in the standings, and that being the case, I suppose we’ll take this one and be happy with it. Still, the difference between a 3-1 win and potentially being shutout by one of the worst pitchers on one of the worst teams in baseball comes down to whether you think Joe Mather either could have caught Matt Kemp‘s two-run homer or actually helped push it over the fence, along with a Starlin Castro error in the eighth on a hard-hit Hanley Ramirez ball.

To point only to the ineptitude of Chicago is to deny Clayton Kershaw appropriate credit, of course, for not only did he allow only five Cub baserunners and one run over seven innings, he contributed two of the seven Dodger hits, making him the only batter with more than one. Kershaw has now allowed just one run over his last sixteen innings and two runs or fewer in five of his last seven outings; if not for one really, really bad inning in St. Louis on July 24, he’d be on a tear that might stop people from acting as though he’s suddenly turned into a shell of his Cy Young self.

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