Clayton Kershaw dazzled again in Thursday's victory over the Braves, racking up nine strikeouts and allowing only one run in a 2-1 complete-game victory.
Kershaw walked none and allowed nine hits in his 10th straight victory -- his first regular season win over the Braves, the only NL team he'd never vanquished in the regular season -- and the Dodgers' sixth consecutive win. He's allowed only nine runs in 86 innings over his last 11 starts. Having improved to 13-2 with a 1.71 ERA, Kershaw hosts the crosstown Angels on Tuesday.
Julio Teheran pitched a gem but had the misfortune of running into Clayton Kershaw on Thursday, allowing two runs and striking out nine over eight innings in a 2-1 loss.
Teheran exorcised some Dodgers Stadium demons; he coughed up six runs and eight hits over 2 2/3 innings in Game 3 of Atlanta's 13-6 loss in the NL division series last year. He has now yielded three runs or less and worked at least seven innings in seven of his past nine outings. Teheran brings a 10-7 record, 2.69 ERA and 1.04 WHIP into a scheduled start versus Seattle next week.
Bud Norris took a tough-luck no-decision on Thursday, shutting the Angels out over seven innings as the Orioles eventually lost 1-0 in 13 innings.
Norris matched starter Tyler Skaggs and the Angels' bullpen with zero after zero, but the conflict wouldn't be resolved until the 13th inning. Norris scattered eight hits, seven of which were singles, over his seven frames along with a walk and four strikeouts. Now with a 3.69 ERA, a 1.24 WHIP, and an 80/35 K/BB ratio, the right-hander will look ahead to his next opponent, the Blue Jays, whom he will face in Toronto next Tuesday.
Mike Trout finished 2-for-5 in the Angels' 13-inning win against the Orioles on Thursday.
Trout was able to bring his average back up to .300 with the effort. The outfielder has been slumping a bit at the plate, but still owns an impressive .300/.389/.580 slash line with 24 home runs, 76 RBI, and 10 stolen bases.
Huston Street held the Orioles scoreless in the 13th inning, preserving the Angels' one-run lead in a win on Thursday.
Street has been exactly what the Angels ordered when they traded for him on July 19. He's put together five scoreless appearances and is 4-for-4 in save chances. Overall, including his time with the Padres, Street is 28-for-29 in save chances with a 0.95 ERA and a 40/8 K/BB ratio.
Albert Pujols broke a 0-0 tie in the 13th inning with an RBI single, finishing 2-for-6 overall in Thursday's win over the Orioles.
After the Angels had Kole Calhoun and Mike Trout reach base with a walk and a single, respectively, Pujols ended 12 innings of offensive futility with a single up the middle to score Calhoun. Stunningly, it was Pujols' first RBI since July 23. The 34-year-old has a fine .274/.324/.471 slash line with 20 home runs and 67 RBI on the season.
Denard Span knocked in a pair of runs with a single, one of his two hits in four at-bats, as the Nationals were defeated by the Phillies 10-4 on Thursday.
Span enjoyed the month of July, wrapping up the month with a .368 average (35-for-95). His two-run single, at the time, brought the Nationals back into the game at 5-3 in the fifth inning, but it wasn't nearly enough. Span has a decent .290/.349/.394 line along with 23 RBI and 20 stolen bases.
Grady Sizemore went 3-for-5 with a two-run double and an RBI single in Thursday's win over the Nationals.
Sizemore has done nothing but hit since joining the Phillies. Thursday's outing brings his slash line up to .328/.359/.459 in 64 plate appearances. He has a home run and five RBI to go along with it. The Phillies can still trade Marlon Byrd at any point in August, but until then, Sizemore will be sharing playing time in left and center field with Domonic Brown and Ben Revere, respectively.