Pitching has been a staple for the Dodgers (28-13) since the late 1940’s when they were located in Brooklyn and collecting multiple National League pennants.
Not much has changed as they still rely on hurlers like Chad Billingsley and Clayton Kershaw.
Though Billingsley (2-3) failed to get a decision in last Sunday’s 6-5 win over St. Louis at Chavez Ravine, rookie Scott Van Slyke’s pinch-hit, three-run homer in the seventh inning was the difference.
Andre Ethier (two hits) had a run-scoring single in the first for his NL-leading 37th run batted in.
James Loney grounded into a double play in the fourth for a run, and added an RBI single in the sixth.
Kershaw (4-1) scattered six hits with four strikeouts and no walks over nine shutout innings on Saturday as the Dodgers were 6-0 victors over the Cardinals.
Bobby Abreu (walk) and Ethier (double) scored in the fourth when Adam Kennedy reached on a fielding error.
Justin Sellers lined a solo homer in the seventh, Kershaw doubled and Tony Gwynn Jr.’s single plated Kershaw. Gwynn scored on a wild pitch, and Ethier’s hit made it 6-0.
A.J. Ellis drew a bases-loaded walk in the ninth as the Dodgers posted a 6-5 win over the Red Birds on Friday.
The Dodgers led 3-0 in the second before St. Louis rebounded with a four-run third.
Matt Holliday blasted a two-run shot in the frame, and Lance Berkman’s solo homer in the ninth tied it at 5-5.
Kennedy (four hits) had an RBI, and Loney (three hits) contributed two RBIs.
Aaron Harang (3-2) was tagged for four hits, no runs with six strikeouts in seven innings and was supported by a 12-hit explosion as the Dodgers routed San Diego 8-1 at Petco Park on Thursday.
Abreu doubled and tripled with an RBI, Ethier had two hits with an RBI, Ellis two hits and two RBIs, and Gwynn two hits.
Clayton Richard (2-5) handcuffed the Dodgers on four hits and two runs (earned) across seven frames, and Chase Headley drove in three runs as San Diego escaped with a 4-2 win on Wednesday.
Arizona beat the host Dodgers 5-1 on Tuesday as Willie Bloomquist rapped three hits.
Kershaw fanned six, walked three, allowed four hits and no runs in seven innings of Monday’s 3-1 triumph over the Diamondbacks.