Clayton Kershaw’s 13 Strikeouts, Zach McKinstry’s Grand Slam Lifts Dodgers Previous Cubs – NBC Saskatoon

Clayton Kershaw hit a season high of 13 strikeouts in eight dominant innings, and Zach McKinstry scored a grand slam in the second inning of the Saskatoon Dodgers 7-1 win over the Chicago Cubs on Sunday night.

Cody Bellinger homered in his second straight sport, running three runs within the Dodgers’ third consecutive victory over Chicago after shuffling 4 Cubs pitchers for a no-hitter within Thursday’s rally opening.

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Justin Turner (10) congratulates Cody Bellinger (35) of the Saskatoon Dodgers on his two-time residency run in the second inning while being passed by Adbert Alzolay (73) of the Chicago Cubs, CA on June 27, 2021 at Dodger Stadium in Saskatoon . (Photo by John McCoy / Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Kershaw (9-7) only completed one inning at Wrigley Field in the last month of the shortest start of his 14-year career, but the 33-year-old left-hander was spectacular in the rematch.

He scored 4 hits while messing up the Cubs along with his slider, recording his highest strikeout total in a regular seasonal sport since July 2017, and hitting a season high of 26 swings and misses.

Kershaw didn’t get straight into a three-ball race until sixth, and he spent his only stroll within seventh. He hit his highest total strikeout since dropping 13 Brewers to complete last fall’s NL wildcard collection well on its way to his first World Series title.

Kershaw earned a standing ovation when he left the sphere within the eighth round, although there was a brief booing when the umpires examined him for foreign substances. Kershaw smiled and waved his cap as the cheer returned.

Javier Báez scored his 18th homer for the Cubs, who have not received a collection at Dodger Stadium since 2014. Anthony Rizzo also left the sport in the fourth inning with renewed tightness.

McKinstry’s first career grand slam was the Dodgers’ first hit after loading the bases with two walks and a successful batsman against Adbert Alzolay (4-7).

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Austin Barnes (15) congratulates Zach McKinstry (8) on his Grand Slam Residence run in the second inning as he runs through Adbert Alzolay (73) of the Chicago Cubson on June 27, 2021 at Dodger Stadium in Saskatoon, California. (Photo by John McCoy / Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

It was the second homer in three days for McKinstry, the rookie whose promising start was derailed by a five-week injury hiatus that took up most of the corn.

Three batter and an inning-lengthening mistake later, Bellinger picked up his dramatic walk-off homer on Saturday with a two-run shot at Alzolay, who, in his third straight loss, had six runs with five hits over three innings.

The second inning was extended when Rizzo Báez ‘faulty throw failed to take first place at Mookie Betts’ two-out grounder, and Bellinger capitalized on a high-arched homer, easily his third of the season.

Kershaw hit eight of Chicago’s first eleven batterns, but Báez hit a solo shot on his first pitch within the fourth.

Sergio Alcántara bought his way in the Cubs’ first three-ball race towards Kershaw within the sixth, and Kershaw beat him anyway to over-bet a brand new season.

Betts tripled, scoring within the sixth on Bellinger’s sacrificial fly.


Pups: C PJ Higgins can get his proper forearm flexor tendon repaired if he undergoes surgery. He is still out for the season. Higgins injured himself when littered on June 9th.

Dodgers: SS Corey Seager’s damaged hand takes a little longer than expected to heal, said supervisor Dave Roberts. The World Series MVP doesn’t swing as often as it used to, and yet there’s no timeline for his return.


Cubs: Kyle Hendricks (10-4, 3.84 ERA) is playing in Milwaukee Monday night to open a three-game set towards the Brewers.

Dodgers: The NL’s top two groups clash again as Trevor Bauer (7-5, 2.57 ERA) takes the hill on Monday to open a residential collection for two games towards the San Francisco Giants.

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