The Dodgers evened their record against the National League West with Friday’s win, and will look to build on that by sending Clayton Kershaw to the mound against the Padres on Saturday night at Petco Park in San Diego.
Kershaw was originally slated to pitch Sunday, but after Brandon McCarthy tweaked his shoulder during a workout this week he was pushed back a day to Sunday. Thanks to the off day Thursday, Kershaw will be starting on normal four days rest on Saturday.
This is just the second meeting between Claytons, with fellow left-hander Clayton Richard starting for the Padres. The only other time these two faced off in a game was July 13, 2012.
The Dodgers have won Kershaw’s last 10 starts against the Padres, dating back to Sept. 21, 2013. Kershaw in those starts is 7-0 with a 1.01 ERA, with 97 strikeouts and 13 walks in 71⅓ innings. That includes an opening day win over San Diego on Apr. 3 at Dodger Stadium.
On Apr. 4 in Los Angeles, Richard shut down the Dodgers with eight scoreless innings.
The Dodgers are 6-7 against left-handed starting pitchers this season. Only the Giants (15 games) have had more games against southpaw starters.
The Dodgers are 12-12 against the NL West this season.
At 4 hours, 11 minutes, Friday night’s game was the longest nine-inning game in Petco Park history. It was also the longest game of the Dodgers’ season to date.
The Dodgers used six different pitchers on Friday and allowed only a total of four hits. It was just the eighth time in the last 105 years that the Dodgers used that many pitchers in a nine-inning game and allowed 0-4 hits. Three of those games have come since the start of 2016, including last July 31, when they used seven pitchers in a three-hitter against the D-backs.
Cody Bellinger’s four home runs are tied for the most by a Dodger through his first 10 games, tied with Yasiel Puig, Matt Kemp, and Dick Gray. The quickest Dodger to five home runs was Kemp, who hit his fifth and sixth home runs in his 13th game, in 2006.
Time: 5:40 p.m. PT
TV: SportsNet LA