TORONTO – Jose Bautista hit a three-run homer that backed Marco Estrada, and Toronto beat Texas and matched its longest winning streak this season at five. Manager Dave Roberts said Kazmir is rehabbing in Arizona, where his velocity has reached 90-92 miles per hour off the mound.
“They battled me well”, Kershaw said.
Nationals 5, Padres 1: Max Scherzer (5-3) struck out 13 and gave up three hits over 82/3 innings, leading Washington over visiting San Diego. The Cubs’ best players on the mound have to be their best players, even when the offense sputters. 2B Javier Baez is hitting.263 for the season with seven home runs and 22 RBIs, but a slump of late led manager Joe Maddon to start Happ ahead of him for a few games.
“Nothing was really sharp”, Lester said.
“We’re hitting young right now”, Maddon said before Sunday’s game.
You think I’m taking a team that’s been shutout in the first two games of this series against one of the best pitchers in baseball right now?
The Cubs offense did some damage to baseball’s finest starting pitcher in Clayton Kershaw, but it wasn’t enough to silence a Dodger offense that’s now clicking on all cylinders.
Detroit Tigers 6 Houston Astros 7: Jake Marisnick hit a home run in the 8th inning to break the tie and win the game for the Astros.
Sergio Romo (two-thirds of an inning), Adam Liberatore (1 1/3) and Kenley Jansen (1) made sure the game never got closer by not allowing a run. We had some great hitting, scored some runs …
“That’s not the problem as much as we have to get back to the fundamentals and the execution of the little details of the game, and everything else kind of takes care of itself”.
Kershaw, with sporadic command of his fastball, slider and curve, was rocked for four earned runs and a career-high-tying 11 hits in 4 1/3 innings, striking out six and walking two. “My analysis would be that (with) the homers he’s getting in some bad counts and he’s making some mistakes and they’re not missing them”. “It was just one of those days”.
Next level: What absolutely must not be lost in the sadness of a sweep is just how good the Cubs approached Kershaw this afternoon.
“Top to bottom, in terms of team effort, what a attractive game”, Wood said. “Get back to the way I was throwing the ball prior to this”.
“The one that Utley hit out was on the corner”, Arrieta said. “It was a good series for everybody”. Kershaw is 5-3 with a 2.18 ERA in eight career starts vs. the Chicago Cubs. The lefthander is 5-0 on the season.
CLEVELAND – Alcides Escobar hit a tiebreaking two-run double in the sixth, Mike Moustakas homered and Kansas City beat Cleveland. He swatted his ninth home run of the season against Hector Rondon in the seventh inning. Three pitches later, the rookie hit a curveball for a home run, 414 feet away to right-center field.
The Chicago Cubs allowed just 6 runs in the final three home games against the Giants. “Sometimes games are going to happen that way”. Chicago was swept by the Dodgers in a series for the first time since 2012.
“I don’t see any reason to worry”, Bryant said. Your good starts, your bad starts. We’ve spoiled ourselves with previous year and that start.
“We’re probably a little spoiled by the start we had past year, but it’s a long season”.
First pitch for today’s Cubs vs. Dodgers game is scheduled for 4:05 p.m. ET.
The Dodgers head to the Gateway Arch on Memorial Day as they face the St. Louis Cardinals for the second time in a week.
Shortstop Addison Russell, who has been in the league since 2015, is 10 for 67 this month.