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Last Week: 4-2
The Los Angeles Dodgers swept the Arizona Diamondbacks to start last week off with a bang, but they dropped two of three to the Miami Marlins over the weekend, keeping their lead in the NL West at three games.
Clayton Kershaw returned to the mound on Friday, allowing five hits and two earned runs over three innings before exiting at 66 pitches.
Considering he made just one three-inning rehab start after missing over two months, it wasn’t surprising to see him get an early hook, and getting him through the outing healthy was a big win for the team.
“That was for me bigger than the results and the line score yesterday, just to see how he felt today,” manager Dave Roberts told reporters on Saturday. “You see him walking around with a smile. Talking to our training staff, they said he came out of it well. He’s still on track for Wednesday.”
Kershaw’s return wound up being upstaged by Rich Hill, who was perfect through six innings on Saturday before Roberts decided to lift him from the game after 89 pitches.
“Dave has been incredible, and this organization has been incredible, and where we’re at as a team is far more important than any individual accolades,” Hill told reporters, supporting the decision to put his health first.
Hill missed significant time earlier this year with a blister issue, but he’s finally back healthy. In three starts so far with the Dodgers, he’s allowed just six hits and two walks while striking out 20 in 19 scoreless innings.
Hitter of the Week
- SS Corey Seager (11-for-25, 2 2B, 2 HR, 6 RBI, 6 R)
Pitcher of the Week
- SP Rich Hill (W, 7.0 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 9 K)