Clayton Kershaw allowed no runs on just three hits in seven innings Wednesday afternoon, as the Dodgers beat the Giants 6-1 to avoid being swept at AT&T Park.
With the win, the Dodgers improved to 23-18. They went 3-4 on their just-completed road trip and return home to face the Marlins on Thursday.
Game Youth Ross Cockrell Jersey Despite Kershaw’s latest gem, a bench-clearing incident (which did not devolve into anything close to a brawl) generated much of the post-game buzz.
In the third inning, the Giants’ Johnny Cueto fired an eye-level pitch at catcher Yasmani Grandal. Unfortunately for Cueto, the pitch got past Buster Posey, and Chase Utley scored from third. Grandal ended up flying out, but he and Cueto continued to jaw at each other and the benches cleared.
Which brings us to Monday.
Hunter Strickland throws at Bryce Harper. Harper charges the mound and 50 Cent tosses his helmet towards right field. Punches are thrown, there’s a huge collision and, of course, the great hair is on display.
Major League Baseball suspended Strickland for six games and Harper for three games. By the grace of the baseball gods, it ended there.
The two teams took the field by the bay Tuesday night, Gio Gonzalez looked sharp for the first time since April, and despite Harper’s 0-5 night the Nationals responded to the drama with their second straight road win over the Giants.
That is how it’s done.
It’s past time to eliminate these old-world unwritten rules from baseball. They’re not good for the game and its outward image.
Sure, the baseball is boringcrowd will jump on any and every brawl and call it the only thing interesting about baseball.
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Problem is, baseball isn’t for them.