Justin Turner and Clayton Kershaw both were proving to the MLB fans around the country that they deserved to be on the All-Star team.
Kershaw seemed ready to get out of the record heat in LA and get on an airplane to Miami. He made quick work of the Royals by pitching a complete game with 99 pitches. Kershaw also set a Major League record with 13 strikeouts in a complete game with less than 100 pitches. It was also the fastest game of the year for the Dodgers, beating the original mark for a game by 3 minutes.
Turner hit home runs (#9 and #10) in his first two at bats - both coming off Danny Duffy fastballs. With two additional runs coming from a Trayce Thompson triple and an Austin Barnes solo shot, it was plenty of offense for Kershaw.
Kershaw's only glimps of being a human today came off the bat of Eric Hosmer as he hit a 2-run home run. In fact Hosmer by far had the best offensive showing of the day for the Royals, adding two singles to his name as well. The intriguing side of that is he was the only left handed bat in the entire Royals lineup today.
Dodgers come into the All-Star break with the 4th best record in the National League since the Wild Card ERA. If they play .500 ball the rest of the season they will finish the year with a total of 97 wins. As it stands right now, Dodgers are on pace for 109. No matter who you talk to it seems in the club house especially Manager Dave Roberts, you definitely get the feeling that total wins is not a priority and everyone is focused on the game in front of them each and every day. To all of us Dodger fans we just hope that all these wins in the regular season will equate to something even more special come this October. But until then, enjoying the enormous success the Dodgers are having right now is making baseball a lot of fun for fans, even in record breaking temperatures.
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Until next time, Let's Go Dodgers!!