The Dodgers got another solid performance from Clayton Kershaw on Friday night, but it didn't matter since the offense remains nowhere to be found. The Dodgers were shutout 3-0 by four Diamondbacks pitchers, sending them to their sixth consecutive loss at Chase Field.
The Dodgers have scored 27 runs in 10 games this season. They have scored more than three runs just three times.
Kershaw struck out nine in his 7⅓ innings and left trailing 1-0, but left the bases loaded. After using 13 relief pitchers in three games in San Diego, manager Don Mattingly called on Shawn Tolleson, just called up from Triple-A Albuquerque, to try to put out the fire. But Tolleson couldn't find the strike zone and walked in two runs to put the game out of reach.
Not that 1-0 seemed any closer given the Dodgers' offensive struggles. The club is hitting just .148 (12-for-81) with runners in scoring position, 29th among 30 MLB teams, including 1-for-6 on Friday night. The one hit they did have on Friday in that situation was an infield single by Justin Sellers that didn't bring home a run.
That hit loaded the bases for Kershaw, who grounded out to end the threat. The Dodgers are 0-for-13 with the bases loaded this season.
The three runs charged to Kershaw made Friday his first start allowing more than one run since last Aug. 30, also against the Diamondbacks.
The Dodgers left six runners on base through the first four innings, which meant that even though starter Patrick Corbin was over 80 pitches the Dodgers were unable to score against him. Corbin ended up throwing 106 pitches, but was able to last through six scoreless frames.
Kershaw has lost four straight starts against the Diamondbacks, and in the last three games the Dodgers were shutout.
The Dodgers will turn to Hyun-jin Ryu on Saturday evening in a 5:10 p.m. PT start. Ian Kennedy starts on the mound for the Diamondbacks.
Home runs: none
WP - Patrick Corbin (2-0): 6 IP, 3 hits, 3 walks, 4 strikeouts
LP - Clayton Kershaw (2-1): 7⅓ IP, 6 hits, 3 runs, 3 walks, 9 strikeouts
Sv - J.J. Putz (2): 1 IP, 1 hit, 1 walk, 1 strikeout