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Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Notes From Wednesday's Game, 4/7/2010

Pittsburgh 4, Dodgers 3

Box Score.
  • Clayton Kershaw was up-and-down, to put it nicely, over 4.2 innings (3 ER, 5 Hits, 4 K, 6 BB, 1 HR Allowed, 109 pitches- 59 for strikes). I would attribute a number of factors for the sub-par performance: poor command of his fastball, some squeezing on a number of pitches, lackluster defense behind him (a couple of booted balls, a double play not turned, Martin dropping a couple of strike threes), and poor pitch selection from the coaching staff.
  • I don't know whether it's Joe Torre or Rick Honeycutt calling the game, but Kershaw clearly had no command of his fastball, and you continue to call for fastball after fastball after fastball? Clayton's predictability was obvious to anyone watching, and I'm sure Pirates hitters knew they would basically just get fastballs. Mix it up for god's sake, throw in some change-ups and sliders, regardless of how well the fastball is working, but especially on a night when it's not working for Kershaw.
  • Bullpen: 4.2 IP, 1 Run [0 ER], 4 Hits, 3 K, 3 BB.
  • Russell Martin hit his first HR of the season, a nice opposite-field shot.
  • Rafael Furcal stole his first two bases of the season. An active Furcal would be a nice change after the last couple of years.
  • Andre Ethier (Single, 2 BB) reached base 3 times, while Manny (Single, IBB), Martin (HR, BB), Blake DeWitt (2 BB), and Furcal (2 BB) each reached base twice.
  • Former Dodger Andy LaRoche twice robbed Matt Kemp of base-hits, including one that would have driven in a run.


  1. Good to see Russell hit the homerun.

    Clayton's outing was disappointing.

    This start to the season sucks.

  2. Clayton's going to have some wild starts, I'm not worried about him at all.

    Russell's start is a great sign.

    And where was Broxton? Jeez.