The Los Angeles Dodgers, the National League West leaders in Major League Baseball (MLB), extended their winning streak to 10 games on Sunday with a 7-1 victory at home against the Central Division leader Milwaukee.
With the win, the Dodgers extended their lead over second-place San Francisco to 10 games.
Up until that point, the Dodgers had gone 14-1 in 15 games in August. Their only loss was a 3-8 defeat to Kim’s former team, the San Diego Padres, on June 6.
Barring an upset, the Dodgers are likely to win the National League West title this season.
The Dodgers have finished first in the division nine times in 10 years, from 2013 to last year.
Last season, they won 111 games (51 losses), the most in franchise history.
The Dodgers hit all three beats on Sunday: strong starting pitching, a solid bullpen, and hot bats.
Ace Clayton Kershaw, returning from a shoulder injury, pitched five innings, allowing one run on three hits and two walks.
The Dodgers, who took a 4-1 lead into the fifth inning on Miguel Rojas’ solo homer in the second, pulled Kershaw from the mound in the sixth and used a strong bullpen to shut down the Milwaukee bats.
Kershaw earned his 11th win of the season (4-0).
For the Dodgers, Mookie Betts was the star of the show at the plate.
Betts, batting first and playing right field, went 3-for-4 with a double and a walk, reaching base in all four of his plate appearances.바카라사이트
Third baseman Will Smith was the difference maker, going 3-for-4 with two RBIs, while Chris Taylor added a solo home run in the seventh inning.
The Dodgers will try to extend their winning streak to 11 games when they host Milwaukee on Aug. 18, sending veteran starter Lance Lynn to the mound.