Clayton Kershaw: Kershaw blanks Giants over seven innings

Ruben Hill
May 20, 2017

OUR PREDICTION: The Giants are 5-2 in Cueto's last seven starts against the Dodgers, who are just 6-20 in their last 26 games in San Francisco and 1-4 in their last five games against the Giants overall.

The lefty hit leadoff man Denard Span in the batting helmet with a 73 miles per hour curve on his fifth pitch of the first inning, then was called for a balk moments later.

"We apologized to each other", Grandal said. "We talked about was no big deal". The pitch actually went to the backstop, allowing a run to score.

Kershaw credited Grandal's two-run double in the first inning as making his day a lot easier.

Grandal said there's no way he knew what was coming on his two-run double in the first and lone hit, even though he hit a low 0-2 cut fastball well below his knees. "With guys on second base he thought we were relaying signs and so he obviously let us know and Corey early on about that".

Rockies-Twins • Colorado's game at Minnesota was postponed by storms and will be made up Thursday as part of a day-night doubleheader.

Grandal said he and Cueto settled matters when Cueto came to the plate in the bottom of the third. They were sorry for the misunderstanding, Cueto said. Cueto seems to be improving the further removed he is from his blister issues. "It's fun to be able to keep that going".

Left-hander Clayton Kershaw (6-2), who has a career 1.66 ERA in 38 appearances against San Francisco, starts for the Dodgers in the afternoon finale on Wednesday while the Giants counter with right-hander Johnny Cueto (4-2).

Houston Astros' Jose Altuve hits an RBI double scoring George Springer during the first inning of a baseball game against the Miami Marlins, Wednesday, May 17, 2017, in Miami. He did not walk a batter in the contest and struck out five in what was a crisp, effective outing against the rival Giants.

PHOENIX (AP) - Chris Herrmann homered off Rafael Montero leading off the 11th inning, sending NY to its season-high seventh straight loss.

NY went 0-6 in Milwaukee and Arizona, the Mets' longest winless trip since 1999, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

Chicago went ahead to stay with five runs in the second against Scott Feldman (2-4), who was chased in the third.

Romo has struggled mightily this season, and promptly served up a solo shot to Eduardo Nunez to end the Dodgers' shutout. He has a 2.15 ERA, 26.1 percent strikeout rate, and 3.4 percent walk rate across 62 2/3 innings pitched.

SAN DIEGO - Jett Bandy singled in the go-ahead run with one out in the ninth inning and Milwaukee beat San Diego to take over first place in the NL Central. He has allowed one or fewer walks in all but one of his starts. You're a pitch away from getting out of the inning a couple of times and it didn't happen. The rookie had two doubles in the game, giving him five in the Dodgers' 15 games this month.

The Texas Rangers enjoyed an eighth straight win by beating the Philadelphia Phillies 9-3, the New York Yankees held off the Kansas City Royals 11-7 and the Boston Red Sox had a 5-4, 13-inning win against the St Louis Cardinals.

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