The Los Angeles Dodgers came into Wednesday in a bit of a slump. Having lost three games in a row, they had fallen to a pitiful (sarcasm intended) 15-9 ahead of their meeting with the Cincinnati Reds. Fortunately for them, they had Clayton Kershaw on the mound, and he took to it with aplomb on this particular day, dominating the Reds in seven scoreless innings while only giving up four hits.
Justin Turner had a solo homer in the second and was driven home in the bottom of the eighth to begin a rally that eventually handed them a comfortable 8-0 win that snapped that losing streak and got them to 16-9. Speaking of snapping, that might be what happens to Jacob deGrom if he can’t get any run support soon. In his previous start, the New York Mets pitcher had to take matters into his own hands by driving in his own runs. Unfortunately for him, he was unable to do more of that on Wednesday against the Boston Red Sox in a 1-0 loss. He passed Nolan Ryan’s record for most K’s in five starts, but he fell due to yet another poor hitting performance (the umpteenth one) from his teammates. It was a second-inning double from Christian Vasquez that accounted for the run, and it took the BoSox to 16-9.