The Freeway Series got feisty in the eighth inning when both benches and bullpens emptied after Brandon Morrow’s fastball hit Yunel Escobar in the shoulder. The pitch clearly wasn’t intentional despite Escobar’s furor, and no fights actually broke out.
One ill-advised pitch from Morrow wasn’t nearly as important as all the vicious pitches Clayton Kershaw threw on purpose in another dominant win for the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Kershaw struck out 12 to become the majors’ first 12-game winner, Joc Pederson hit a three-run homer and the Dodgers salvaged a split of the interleague rivalry series with a 6-2 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Thursday night.
Kershaw (12-2) yielded three hits and one unearned run over seven dominant innings, posting his fifth double-digit strikeout total of the season. He got ample support from the homer-happy NL leaders, who have won 18 of 21.
“As good as he was early, he turned it up a couple of notches,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said of Kershaw. “He just has that ability where sometimes things might not go right, but…
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