The Los Angeles Dodgers had a miserable April but still managed to stay atop of the National League West. Coming into Sunday, the Dodgers had lost six-in-a-row stemming from a four-game sweet by the Miami Marlins and two straight losses to the San Diego Padres.
As April 30 turned to May 1, the Dodgers were looking to put an unimpressive April in the rear view mirror. Los Angeles got a helluva performance from left-handed pitcher Clayton Kershaw.
Kershaw struck out 14 batters en route to a Dodgers 1-0 against the Padres. Los Angeles is now 13-13 and still vying for the top of the NL West. Also remarkable is that Kershaw only threw 101 pitches in the win.
Los Angeles needed a huge performance to end the skid. The end of April was brutal for the Dodgers. Getting swept by the Marlins at home with Don Mattingly in the dugout for the Marlins is a huge embarrassment. Kershaw turned that all around Sunday afternoon.
Looking forward, the Dodgers need to restart their momentum and get back to their winning ways. The bats need to click the same way they were working in the beginning of April.
The series will come to an end Monday when Scott Kazmir takes on James Shields.