Blue’s Painful Ride
Center fielder Matt Kemp singled, walked and scored; outfield partner Andre Ethier rapped a run-scoring hit in the fifth inning; and pitcher Clayton Kershaw went one inning with one strikeout during the National League’s 5-1 triumph over the American League in the All-Star Game at Chase Field in Arizona last Tuesday.
The Senior Circuit downed the Junior Circuit for the second straight time, and the NL will host the first two games of the World Series in October.
It’s not likely to matter for the Dodgers (42-53) after they lost two of three to host Arizona this weekend.
Daniel Hudson was a marvel on the mound and at the plate for the Diamondbacks in Sunday’s 4-1 victory.
After Ryan Roberts clouted a solo homer to left in the second inning off Ted Lilly, Hudson answered with a blast in the sixth that made it 2-0. Hudson wasn’t done as he drove in two runs with a bloop single to left in the seventh.
The Dodgers’ only tally occurred in the seventh when Kemp (.314) singled and scored on Hudson’s wild pitch.
Hudson (10-5) is helping Arizona (51-44) stay within range of the first-place San Francisco Giants in the NL West.
Hudson cruised through nine innings, allowing five hits, one run (earned), striking out three and walking none.
Two of the four hits Lilly (6-10) gave up over six and two-third innings were home runs. Lilly whiffed nine, walked two, and surrendered four runs (earned).
Brandon Allen’s three-run shot in the second was just enough offense for the Diamondbacks as they edged the Dodgers 3-2 on Saturday.
Kemp’s 24th homer to deep center field in the second gave the Blue Crew a 1-0 lead before Allen’s long drive to right.
The Dodgers made it 3-2 when Rafael Furcal drew a bases-loaded walk from Ian Kennedy (10-3) in the fifth.
Kennedy, once the property of the New York Yankees, struck out seven with three walks in seven innings, and was touched for five hits and two runs (earned).
Juan Rivera hit a homer in the second and Kemp drove in four runs with a two-run laser in the sixth and a two-run single in the seventh as the Dodgers won 6-4 on Friday.
Kershaw (10-4) went seven frames, fanning eight, walking two, with four runs (none earned) and five hits.