The Dodgers have been eagerly awaiting Kershaw’s return from an injury as they try to hold onto their lead in the National League West.
Going forward, Roberts also hopes Puig can help the Dodgers solve in their inability to hit left-handed pitching. He went 2 for 4 in the Dodgers’ 4-2 loss to the San Diego Padres.
Both runs in the eighth inning were charged to Liberatore, who has hit a rough patch of late. Although Los Angeles has had trouble recording hits against southpaws, it registered nine against Padres starter Clayton Richard. But just as the Dodgers have been consistent 92-94 game winners since 2013, the Giants are on a run of winning championships every other year, and they’re on pace for a title this season after winning the Fall Classic in 2010, 2012 and 2014.
Fields, who was acquired by the Dodgers on August 1 from Houston, went 1-0 with a 4.66 ERA in 11 games with Los Angeles prior to being optioned on August 23.
Pederson’s RBI single drove in Enrique Hernandez, who reached on a double, for a 1-0 Dodgers lead with one out in the fourth.
The three-time Cy Young Award victor is expected to throw 50 pitches and three innings against Modesto in a minor league rehab outing as he tries to return to the major leagues at some point this month.
Considering the Dodgers’ veteran outfielders’ limited longevity and the timetable for most of the team’s top prospects to reach the major-league level, Braun would be a solid addition for a team that looks to be headed for frequent success under the wing of rookie manager Dave Roberts.
Richard has a 6-4 record with a 3.84 ERA in 18 career games (16 starts) for San Diego against Los Angeles.
Yasiel Puig did his part, the Dodgers did not. He’s expected to rejoin the team next week. Los Angeles recalled C-INF Austin Barnes, RHP Josh Fields and Puig from Triple-A Oklahoma City, and reinstated RHP Louis Coleman and Josh Ravin from the 15-day DL.
Dodgers: LHP Clayton Kershaw is scheduled to pitch in a minor league rehab game at Class A Rancho Cucamonga on Saturday. The left-hander gave up three runs and two hits in 5 1/3 innings, struck out six and walked one.
The Dodgers were expected to sink without their ace for more than two months, but the team has actually moved up the standings during Kershaw’s absence. “But I don’t think a blister can be willed to stay healthy, no matter how much will he has”, Roberts said, according to the Los Angeles Times, regarding the team’s decision to push back Hill’s start”. He is coming off seven scoreless innings in a victory at Miami and hasn’t allowed an earned run in 14 consecutive innings.
Padres: RHP Luis Perdomo (7-7, 5.84 ERA) is 0-2 with a 4.91 ERA in two starts against the Dodgers this season.
The rest of the Dodgers have six total four-hit games – three by Corey Seager, and one each by Yasmani Grandal, Adrian Gonzalez and Chase Utley.