On the flip side of Clayton Kershaw 's no-hitter, the Dodgers scored eight runs to blowout the Rockies. It completed a homestand that saw five wins in six games and 5.17 runs per game. The Dodgers scored six or more runs for the 28th time this year, tied with the A's and Rockies for most in baseball in 2014.
The first of those runs on Wednesday was scored by Dee Gordon, who walked to lead off the first inning, then stole second and eventually scored on a sacrifice fly.
It was the first steal for Gordon since June 6, 11 games ago. But with 37 stolen bases on the season Gordon still leads the major leagues, a nine-steal advantage over Billy Hamilton of the Reds.
Gordon is on pace for 81 steals this season.
With his 10-game drought, Gordon has fallen behind the pace of Maury Wills in both his record-setting 104-steal season of 1962 and his 94-steal campaign in 1965.
Here's Gordon vs. Wills through 74 team games:
|Scenario||Wills 1962||Wills 1965||Gordon 2014|
|SB/CS through 74 team games||39/5||45/15||37/6|
|SB/CS rest of the season||65/8||49/16||TBD|
|Game No. 75||3-for-5, 0 SB||4-for-5, 1 SB||vs. RHP Kennedy|
The Dodgers on their off day Thursday will travel by bus down to San Diego for a three-game weekend series against the Padres. Dan Haren starts the opener for the Dodgers, while Ian Kennedy starts for San Diego.
Since the start of the 2012 season, Kennedy has allowed only 10 steals in 79 starts, and would-be thiefs have been caught 10 times during that span. Gordon is 3-for-8 (.375) with a double against Kennedy but has never stolen a base against him. Kennedy picked Gordon off first base in 2012.