Clayton Kershaw does it all as Los Angeles Dodgers avoid sweep

first_imgMeanwhile, Adrian Gonzalez finished off a torrid series by going 2 for 3 with two doubles and two RBIs. He went 7 for 10 with five RBIs in three games against the Brewers. Kershaw singled, walked, was hit by a pitch and scored the run that tied the game 1-1 in the second inning.Kershaw, Ellis and Dodgers manager Don Mattingly described the win as a struggle for the pitcher on the mound.“It was not easy,” Kershaw said. “Sometimes one pitch is working, sometimes one’s not. It’s not every day you’re going to have all your pitches.”Ellis called it “a clinic on how to win when you don’t have close to your best stuff.” Either Kershaw adapted to perfectly exploit his opponent’s weaknesses, or the Brewers failed to exploit Kershaw’s. Whichever the case, Kershaw’s submaximal stuff was virtually indistinguishable from some pitchers at their best. The Dodgers (67-52) definitely needed the win, having lost the first two games of the series. Sunday’s game was tied until the fifth inning, when Matt Kemp drove in Gonzalez to give the Dodgers a 2-1 lead.In the bottom of the inning, Milwaukee’s Jean Segura batted against Kershaw with one out and Rickie Weeks on third base.Segura bunted a pitch foul down the first-base line as Weeks tried to score on the safety squeeze. He tried bunting the next pitch too, popping it up between the pitcher’s mound and home plate as Weeks charged down the line again.“You kind of know it’s coming,” Mattingly said. “We talked about it, that he would do it right there back-to-back.”Kershaw certainly saw it coming. He popped off the mound, sprinted for the plate, and went airborne to snag the ball above the ground. Weeks had no chance to make it back to third base before Kershaw threw to Juan Uribe to complete the double play.“It’s fun to feel like a baseball player once in a while,” Kershaw said of the play.The left-hander also picked off Carlos Gomez trying to steal second base in the third inning, and got lucky when Brewers pitcher Jimmy Nelson (2-3) unwisely ran into an out at third base with nobody out. Maybe the most pivotal juncture in the game came in the fourth inning, when Ryan Braun attempted to advance from second to third base on a pitch in the dirt. Third-base umpire Marty Foster initially ruled that Braun beat Uribe’s tag, but Mattingly challenged and won when replays showed that Braun was out.Instead of having a runner on third base with no outs, Milwaukee had nobody on with one out. Kershaw escaped the inning unscathed.The Dodgers broke the game open late with a run in the seventh and two more in the eighth, including Ellis’ first home run of the season. Kenley Jansen pitched a scoreless ninth inning in a non-save situation.With a national TV audience watching, Kershaw’s strong all-around game bolstered his credentials for the National League’s Most Valuable Player award. Personal honors are almost a taboo subject around the pitcher, and certainly not anything he would cite as a motivating factor.But the big numbers are there: Kershaw (14-2) leads the major leagues with a 1.78 earned-run average. His 14th win of the season is tied for the major-league lead, despite the fact that he spent nearly six weeks on the disabled list earlier this season.If fielding and hitting count toward the decision, it should be noted that Kershaw’s .186 batting average is only a shade lower than that of Ellis (.189). His diving catch of Segura’s bunt was nothing new to his manager.“He’s hard all the time,” Mattingly said. “He runs hard to first. I think he trains in a way that he’s a baseball player. He’s trying to help himself win a game. He works on his bunting, his hitting.“Clayton out there, he’s a baseball player.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img MILWAUKEE >> The Dodgers paid Clayton Kershaw well to do exactly what he did on the mound Sunday. In eight innings against the Milwaukee Brewers, he allowed six hits, one run and struck out six batters as the Dodgers won 5-1.They didn’t necessarily need Kershaw to do what he did in the fifth inning – diving head-first to snare a pop-up bunt 10 feet in front of home plate – or to reach base three times.Or maybe they did.On a day when Hanley Ramirez and Yasiel Puig were both out of the lineup, the Dodgers received several unexpected contributions. Light-hitting shortstop Miguel Rojas went 3 for 5. Lighter-hitting catcher A.J. Ellis hit his first home run of the season.last_img read more

New caps can spur England to regain European boys’ crown

first_img England Golf will field four players – Adam Chapman (Windermere, Cumbria), Harry Ellis (Meon Valley, Hampshire, IoW & CI), Marco Penge (Worthing, Sussex) and Bradley Moore (Kedleston Park, Derbyshire) – new to boys international team golf in its six-strong squad that will seek to win the European Boys Team Championships for the first time in nine years at Murcar Links in Scotland on 9th – 13th July. The other members of the team are: Jack Singh Brar (Brokenhurst Manor, Hampshire, IoW & CI) and Ashton Turner (Kenwick Park, Lincolnshire). Chapman, 18, is currently second on the Titleist/FootJoy England Golf Boys Order of Merit, having enjoyed a successful start to the season. He has finished runner-up in the Sir Henry Cooper Junior Masters, third in the McEvoy Trophy and joint fourth in the Northern Group Men’s Qualifying. All this before an equal 12th spot in the Fairhaven Trophy. Ellis (image copyright Tom Ward Sport),  17, became the youngest English champion when he won the title at Silloth-on-Solway last summer, as a 16 year old. He has represented England at under 16 level and after winning the England title made his full England debut in last year’s Home Internationals in Scotland. But he has not previously been capped at boys’ level. This season he has won the Hampshire Junior Championship and topped the individual standings in the South East Boys Qualifying and finished runner-up in the Hampshire Hog and the Michel Carlhian Trophy in France. Moore, 15, won the McEvoy Trophy in April and has since finished as individual winner of the Midland Boys Qualifying, while he also won the Midland Region Schools Championship and reached the quarter finals of the Michel Carlhian Trophy. An under 16 international for the past two years, he was the English under 14 champion in 2011 and is currently third on the England Boys Order of Merit. Penge, 15, was an under 16 cap last year and currently leads the Boys Order of Merit after winning the Fairhaven Trophy and finishing tied with Ellis in the individual standings in the South East Boys Qualifying. He also won the South Region Schools Championship and last weekend was beaten in a three-hole playoff for the Irish Boys Open Championship but won the under 16 title. Singh Brar, 16, lies fourth on the Merit list after winning the Berkhamsted Trophy and finishing runner-up to Ellis in the Hampshire Junior Championship, both in playoffs. He has also finished third in the Irish Boys Open, winning the under 17 title, was also third in the McEvoy Trophy and fourth in the South East Boys Qualifying. Having been capped as an under 16, he stepped up to boys level in last year’s Boys Home Internationals in Ireland and helped England retain the title, winning four of his six games. Turner, 17, won the Boys County Champions event last year, while in 2013 he has won the Bernard Darwin Salver, finished second in the McEvoy Trophy and the Australian Youth Olympic Festival in Sydney and was a semi-finalist in the Michel Carlhian Trophy in France. An under 16 cap for the past two years, he stepped up to boys’ level for last season’s European Boys Team Championships in Sweden, while he won five of six games in the 2012 Boys Home Internationals. England has not won the Boys European title since 2004 in Finland. A runners-up spot was achieved in 2007 in Denmark while last year in Sweden, England finished fourth. 1 Jul 2013 New caps can spur England to regain European boys’ crown last_img read more