A month ago, the Dodgers were adrift. Riddled by injury, they were the season's biggest disappointment —their lineup unproductive, their bullpen unreliable, their rotation in constant flux, their manager's job status under scrutiny.
They owned a dismal 30-42 record on June 21. Now, rather remarkably, on July 21 they are 50-47 and still coming.
After the Dodgers swept the three-game series from the
If anything, the lineup appeared to get another boost when
Still, Kemp managed to give the Dodgers pause when he injured his left ankle while being thrown out at the plate in the ninth inning. He seemed to jam his foot awkwardly on the plate. He limped slightly as he headed back to the dugout and left the game.
The Dodgers exploded for seven runs in the second inning, and with
Unaccustomed as he is to the team scoring behind him, Kershaw adapted rather nicely. He allowed only two hits in his seven innings, both solo home runs to
Kemp, out since July 6 with an irritated AC joint on his surgically repaired left shoulder, started the Dodgers' rally in the seventh with a solo home run off right-hander Jordan Zimmerman.
And the the floodgates had opened.
It was 7-0 and the game was more over than "The
The Dodgers added two more in the fourth. After singles by
Werth hit his solo homers in the second and seventh innings, but that was the entire attack for the struggling Nationals, who have now lost eight of their last 10.
The game was such a blowout, beleaguered