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It's Clayton Kershaw the invincible as he dominates Giants yet again in 6-1 victory

Photo: Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw delivers a pitch against the Giants on Monday night at AT&T Park. Credit: Jason O. Watson / US Presswire Clayton Kershaw is the greatest pitcher in the history of mankind. At least when he pitches against the Giants, anyway.

Monday night, Kershaw did what Kershaw just about always does against the Giants -- throw blanks. Maddening, frustrating blanks.

He followed the seven shutout innings he threw against the Giants on opening day by shutting them out for another 6 2/3 Monday. He now has a career ERA of 1.18 against the Giants. The great mystery being, how did the Giants ever score six runs against him?

Kershaw’s dominating performance led the Dodgers to a 6-1 victory, although as is their wont, the Giants contributed to the Los Angeles offense with their that-ball-must-be greased defense.

Going back to last season, Kershaw has thrown 23 2/3 consecutive scoreless innings against the Giants.

On Monday he gave up six hits, walked two and struck out seven. In 13 2/3 innings this season against the World Series champions, he has struck out 16 Giants.

The Dodgers chased San Francisco’s Madison Bumgarner  with five runs and eight hits. Not that he was helped by Pat Burrell’s two-base error or Freddy Sanchez's  letting a James Loney liner go off his glove for what was generously ruled a run-scoring single.

A Dodgers offense that had mostly looked inept against the Padres over the weekend managed 11 hits. Andre Ethier drove in two and Rod Barajas hit his second solo home run. Alas, it’s left him with only two RBIs on the year.

And if Kershaw is the greatest pitcher since man raised his knuckles off the Earth, then apparently Davey Lopes is the greatest baserunning coach ever.

The Dodgers stole two more bases, and have now stolen 13 of 15 on the season.

There was one troubling note for the Dodgers, however. Injury-prone shortstop Rafael Furcal injured his left thumb sliding into third in the fifth inning and left the game.

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Photo: Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw delivers a pitch against the Giants on Monday night at AT&T Park. Credit: Jason O. Watson / US Presswire

 
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Dodgers need to call up Dee Gordon to take Furcal's place since he'll be out for a while with a broken thumb.

Kershaw whipping the giants - love it. He's beat their Cy Young winning ace. He's beat their young gun of the future.

And six runs? Hey, tip 'o the cap to the ol' offense, even if giant aided. Six runs is six runs. There'll be weeks this season, and were last season, when we were wishing for that in an entire week. Pat Burrell's ole defense was classic.

Whatever Dave Lopes is getting paid, he's worth it and then some. It was the best offseason move by the Dodgers by far - all pitchers, position players, front office personnel, lawyers included.

Right on all counts, alanw19. A win is refreshing, especially when you know you'll only be getting them every other day or so for the rest of the season.

There was a popular song back in the 20th century titled '1900 Yesterday'. One of its lines: 'like smoke from a cigarette, dreams that you soon forget, it's fading away, and it's 1900 yesterday'.


If the 2011 dudgers cause you to recall a lost love (like baseball forefathers of theirs LA), then you remember non-divisonal baseball, Dr. Strangeglove & the days pre-artifical turf. In a word, you are an inveterate... your children should live so long to see that history repeat itself.


Today century 21, these dudgers are lucky, in a word. Smoke & mirrors worked back in 1988, but I see no Stunt Men here this current collection, only the errant bad actors NL they're playing against to date for the most.


If you are too young to remember, 2011 version is your fathers 1966 Dodgers. As such, you must realize this will not end well (hey, I'm just trying cushion the inevitable fall... dudgers only play the Giants D 18 times 2011 and we've already used up 5 of our lives.)


World Series?


Alarm clock.


But we can dream.


This be shades of how it was some 45 summers ago: last night, 11 hits for the Blue & but one of them required a dudger extend themselves beyond 90 feet, not counting defensive indifference of Giant proportions.


Return with us now to those thrilling baseball days of yesteryear, when from out of a 1st inning rally came a walk, a stolen base, an error & an ground out- The Lone dudger run! (more often than not.)


Through the first 10 games, this years crew has scored 34 runs - 1966 totaled 40. Pacing themselves toward what ended with their stunning thrice running troika World Series goose eggs, the '66 boys were also shut out three times in the first 13, the 2011 lumber company's been shut out but twice to date.


Still, similarities can't be denied.


kemp is this years Wills, team's only true catalyst (the difference is he bats cleanup; Maury might as well have too in '66; hit an home run that year.) gwynn's speed conjures visions Willie D - kershaw's poor man's Koufax act - even this team's veritable sloth in RF is Fairly similar to 60's era Ron (tho I doubt 16blows gets a game clip him hitting a home run like the Wheaties commercial shown of Ron in '66 vs the Cardinals in LA.)


Alas, no Drysdale only chad... 'stead of Osteen an lilly... and while uribe gives hope to date he might replicate Kennedy at 3b, broxton be no Vulture Regan, Jaime is no Lefebvre an team leading dinger man, and unlike '66 was no division - only best of made it to post season - one team, rest went home.


All in all, 1966 was a very good year. Like said, 2011 is a precursor - whereas '66 begat seven years of no World Series bad luck finally ended year eight, 2011 gives hope that come '19 or thereabouts this era's dudgers will finally field a team worthy their fathers Dodgers.

In conclusion, 16blows, you got owned. No matter how you break it down...you lose.

As case alter eg'g'o on the face dudgerfan in415, 312's first 311 prototypes were 'also' unsuccessful.


: )

Hey, 16, I am not so absurdly optomistic as to think we beat the Giants 4 out of 5 without all of their stumbling and bumbling in the field, in fact we probably lose 3 out of 5 if no errors occur on either side; yet the two we win are Kershaw's starts. I seem to recall during the off season while the phils nabbed Lee, that you(and several others) stated more than once that the Dodgers had no ace. I will state again that i felt Kershaw was better than Lincecum last season and am positive he's better this year, how long before you call him an ace? He already bested Lincecum and Bumgarner with an inferior line up behind him. How about after he beats Cain, Sanchez, and Zito you write some pretty prose concerning his ascension to acedom?

I'll understand if you want to wait till he tops Ubaldo again. I'm hoping we get to see him battle with Halladay more than once this season. Carpenter. Josh Johnson. Set 'em up, Kid K'll knock 'em down.

Can't argue with your breakdown though, sadly there will be no triumph come Oct. My greatest Kid K fantasy; that he earn the chance to dominate pinstripes in the fall classic, is probably years away and maybe for another team. Sigh.

"Hey, 16, I am not so absurdly"


- if you say so...

"optomistic"


- no, more so resignation; I'm taking you at your word for now...

"as to think we beat the Giants 4 out of 5 without all of their stumbling and bumbling in the field, in fact we probably lose 3 out of 5 if no errors occur on either side"


- good, we've consensus...

"yet"


- [ drumroll ] ok, here's where N.P. makes his big pitch, and everything falls apart...

"the two we win are Kershaw's starts."


- well that clinches it then... huh. Weren't those the 2 games where Huff was so tired from running sprints in the outfield & eating turf he gave himself the take sign every at bat?

"I seem to recall during the off season while the phils nabbed Lee, that you(and several others) stated more than once that the Dodgers had no ace."


- I stand by that; potential realized be naught the stuff of pedestal when built upon 2 wins and 1 loss to date. Wasn't that Billingsley who looked like an ace several times (partial ) seasons afore? Was. They are WRONG - parts is NOT just parts. The game lasts 9 innings (will he ever toss a complete game?) The season 162 games (not 3 starts his.) Let us revisit this/see how he fares once or twice around the NL block.

"I will state again that i felt Kershaw was better than Lincecum last season and am positive he's better this year"


- a confident man has no need repeat himself... I shall hold you your original sanguine plea. I will not hedge my bet, will stand by it: Lincecum.


"how long before you call him an ace?"


- he already is, fine/thank you. Twice a Cy Young Award Winner, 3-time All Star, World Champion. And Clayton Edward?


"He already bested Lincecum and Bumgarner with an inferior line up behind him."


- he did? I thought that big ballerina Aubrey the Giant helped him out rather immensely...

"How about after he beats Cain, Sanchez, and Zito you write some pretty prose concerning his ascension to acedom?"


- I love it when one of my regular subscribers begs...

"I'll understand if you want to wait till he tops Ubaldo again."


- Rockies already swept the dudgers - AND beat kershaw the lion-hearted in doing so - what makes you think Colorado needs Ubaldo?

"I'm hoping we get to see him battle with Halladay more than once this season. Carpenter. Josh Johnson. Set 'em up, Kid K'll knock 'em down."


- to borrow from Mr. Spock, "you may find that 'wanting' is more than 'having'... "

Entering play tonight:

kershaw 2-1 / 1.37 / 24k's, 19.2 inns, 16 hits / 4 walks / 2 hrs / 3 gs /
Lincecum 1-1 / 0.64 / 18 k's, 14 inns, 8 hits / 3 walks / 1 hr / 2 gs /


Now with tonight's GIANTS win, Cy Lincecum's revised stats -

1-1 / 1.86 / 22 k's, 19.1 inns, 14 hits / 4 walks / 1 hr / 3 gs /


Tell me again how it is you're - "positive kershaw is better (than Lincecum) this year?" Other than one being righty & the other wrong- er, a lefty, looks pretty much like a wash early 2011.


It has been a pleasure eviscerating with you.

Not repeating just reminding you where we both stand. Kershaws #'s were better than Lincecum's across the board except innings pitched(coaches decision, they had him on pitch counts till aug.), wins(team stat), and walks. His walks are down every year and at his current pace of control refinement he will be better than Lincecum at that this year as well. I was at the Rockies game and he was dominant. While Tulo earned his HR down 1-2 launching a moon shot in the thin air, Ianetta was handed his HR by the umpire. Squeezed through out the night. No pitcher has ever gone 32-0. Bilingsly never has been an ace, never will be an ace, doesn't need to be an ace. He is a fine pitcher who four out of five seasons has finished with long stretches of dominant pitching. A solid 2-3 guy. We already have an ace. Kershaw would be undefeated with even more rediculous numbers if the Dodgers could hit. I guess our definition of evisceration differs.

"Not repeating just reminding you where we both stand."


- I believe it was another great actor happened by the Presidency, said: "well, there you go again"...or if you prefer another great comedian the late Myron Cohen: "well, everybody's got to be some place."


"Kershaws #'s were better than Lincecum's across the board except innings pitched (coaches decision, they had him on pitch counts till aug.), wins(team stat), and walks. "


- why dem dirty guys! Dem Cy Lincecum rats! Fix! Fix! It was a conspiracy I tells ya, a conspiracy!


Not really.


"His walks are down every year and at his current pace of control refinement he will be better than Lincecum at that this year as well."


- what's the rush... might turn out to be the 12th of never too. First things first: 16blows was anointed the Triple Corona winner back in 2010... still waiting, and until he feeds the mission folk more than once every 2 weeks every far & few between he hits, I ain't buyin' the ck overhype either.


"I was at the Rockies game and he was dominant. While Tulo earned his HR down 1-2 launching a moon shot in the thin air, Ianetta was handed his HR by the umpire. Squeezed through out the night. No pitcher has ever gone 32-0."


- and yet ck lost. Look, I get you like the guy. I'm just not as sold on him as you, particularly to date. I once thought Bill 'The Singer Throwing Machine' would be great: he won 20 games his third year as a starter - same place ck, 2011. By age 23, Dean Chance won 20 games plus a Cy Young... a Lincecum has already won 2 Cy's in his first two years MLB/starter.


"Bilingsly never has been an ace, never will be an ace, doesn't need to be an ace. He is a fine pitcher who four out of five seasons has finished with long stretches of dominant pitching. A solid 2-3 guy."


- yeah, but you must admit was great as America's mom on 'Leave It To Beaver'...

" We already have an ace."


- bandages don't count...

"Kershaw would be undefeated with even more rediculous numbers if the Dodgers could hit."


- rallying cry a universal fandom, of many a pitcher, every team, particular season. You must be an tonsorialist, such hair-splitting; the former dudger randy who fans oft cried wolf about no run support, come to mind. It's still an long way to get from wolf to Cy Lincecum, let alone a Koufax-land some imagine. Personally, I don't believe ck can get there from here - latter sans any doubt, former Cy TL as SK same remains to be seen.


"I guess our definition of evisceration differs."


- what Myron said...


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