Justin Turner blasted a game-winning two-run homer off Tyson Ross in the eighth inning Thursday to push the Dodgers to a 2-1 victory over the Padres.
Los Angeles couldn't get anything going against Ross all night, so it was quite the surprise when Turner blasted the round-tripper over the left field fence right after Carl Crawford reached on an infield single. Turner finished 2-for-3. The utility man has been a revelation whenever called upon in 2014, slashing an impressive .314/.386/.441 over 220 at-bats. As long as Juan Uribe is on the shelf, he'll play every day, making him a solid start in NL-only formats.
Kenley Jansen slammed the door on the Padres on Thursday, working around a one-out walk to preserve a one-run victory.
The right-hander walked Jedd Gyorko but punched out two Padres to escape the inning without much ancillary drama. Jansen's ERA sat at 4.55 on June 20, but he's given up a run in only two of 22 outings since then. Because of that, his ERA is down to 2.92. In addition, he boasts an outstanding 1.17 WHIP and 83/15 K/BB ratio over 52-plus innings.
Clayton Kershaw pitched eight innings of one-run ball to earn his 15th win of the year as the Dodgers topped the Padres 2-1 on Thursday.
San Diego nickel-and-dimed Kershaw for a run in the seventh, culminating in Rene Rivera singling home Abraham Almonte, but was otherwise helpless against the best pitcher in the world. Kershaw was originally scheduled to start tomorrow in the series opener against the Mets, but Zack Greinke was pushed back a few days to give his sore elbow some rest, and the Dodgers took advantage of Monday's off day to keep Kershaw on regular rest. Kershaw "struggled" to the tune of a 4.08 ERA in May. He allowed one run in a start in March, missed April, had a 0.82 ERA in June, a 1.07 ERA in July, and owns a 2.25 ERA so far in August. Overall, he's 15-3 with a 1.82 ERA, numbers he takes into a date in Arizona on Wednesday.
Tyson Ross held the Dodgers to two runs over eight innings in a tough-luck loss on Thursday.
Outside of Justin Turner's two-run homer in the eighth inning, Ross was superb. He struck out six, walked two, and had given up just two hits prior to Carl Crawford reaching on an infield single and Turner blasting him home immediately thereafter. Ross has given up more than two earned runs only once since June 16. Now 11-12 with a 2.68 ERA, Ross hosts Milwaukee on Tuesday.
Madison Bumgarner picked up his 14th win, allowing three runs in seven innings of work as the Giants topped the Cubs by a 5-3 margin on Thursday.
Bumgarner made all of his mistakes in the first inning, giving up a two-run home run to Justin Ruggiano followed immediately by a solo home run to Welington Castillo. From there, Bumgarner tossed six consecutive shutout frames. The lefty punched out a season-high 12 batters while allowing seven hits and a walk on the evening. He has a 3.17 ERA and a 179/38 K/BB ratio. Bumgarner will face the Rockies at home when he makes his next start on Tuesday.
Travis Wood was saddled with his 11th loss of the season after allowing four runs in six innings as the Cubs were defeated by the Giants on Thursday.
Wood suffered a death by a thousand paper cuts, as the Giants scored exactly one run in four of his six innings. Overall, the lefty yielded eight hits -- including a two-run home run to Buster Posey -- while walking one and striking out six. Wood will take a 4.91 ERA and a 126/66 K/BB ratio into Wednesday's road start against the Reds.
Welington Castillo hit his 10th home run of the season, going 2-for-4 overall, as the Cubs fell to the Giants on Thursday.
Castillo ripped a solo home run in the first inning off of Madison Bumgarner, going back-to-back with Justin Ruggiano and extending the Cubs' lead to 3-1. Along with the 10 dingers, Castillo has driven in 34 runs and posted a .237/.302/.390 slash line.
Justin Ruggiano went 2-for-3 with a two-run home run, but the Cubs lost to the Giants on Thursday.
Ruggiano put the Cubs on top 2-1 with a two-run home run off of Madison Bumgarner in the bottom of the first inning. The Cubs' lead, however, would dissipate in the coming innings. Ruggiano has six on the season along with 28 RBI and a .283/.339/.430 slash line.