Video: Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw already at Fenway Park throwing in bullpen

first_img Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco Related Articles Kershaw is expected to start Game 1 of the World Series Tuesday against the Boston Red Sox.The video also features a fun fact at the end of the video about Kershaw. Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Less than 24 hours after pitcher Clayton Kershaw closed out NLCS Game 7 to secure the Los Angeles Dodgers’ victory over the Milwaukee Brewers, he was back in the bullpen Sunday after the team arrived in Boston for a session at Fenway Park.last_img read more

Will Smith plays leading role again in another Dodgers win

first_img Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season PreviousLOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – AUGUST 01: Will Smith #16 and Yimi Garcia #63 of the Los Angeles Dodgers celebrate an 8-2 victory over the San Diego Padres at Dodger Stadium on August 01, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)The Dodgers’ Will Smith celebrates as he trots toward home plate after hitting a go-ahead grand slam during the sixth inning of Thursday’s game against the Padres at Dodger Stadium. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – AUGUST 01: Clayton Kershaw #22 of the Los Angeles Dodgers pitches against the San Diego Padres during the first inning at Dodger Stadium on August 01, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – AUGUST 01: Joey Lucchesi #37 of the San Diego Padres pitches against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the first inning at Dodger Stadium on August 01, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw throws during the first inning of the team’s baseball game against the San Diego Padres on Thursday, Aug. 1, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)San Diego Padres’ Hunter Renfroe watches his solo home run off Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw, left, during the second inning of a baseball game Thursday, Aug. 1, 2019, in Los Angeles. At rear are catcher Will Smith and home plate umpire John Libka. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)San Diego Padres’ Hunter Renfroe watches his solo home run next to Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Will Smith during the second inning of a baseball game Thursday, Aug. 1, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)San Diego Padres’ Hunter Renfroe, left, watches his solo home run off Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw, foreground, during the second inning of a baseball game Thursday, Aug. 1, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)San Diego Padres’ Hunter Renfroe, right, celebrates with Eric Hosmer after hitting a solo home run during the second inning of the team’s baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Thursday, Aug. 1, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – AUGUST 01: Cody Bellinger #35 of the Los Angeles Dodgers waits in the dugout for his at bat during the first inning against the San Diego Padres at Dodger Stadium on August 01, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)San Diego Padres starting pitcher Joey Lucchesi throws during the first inning of the team’s baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Thursday, Aug. 1, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger, top, hits a solo home run off San Diego Padres starting pitcher Joey Lucchesi, foreground, during the second inning of a baseball game Thursday, Aug. 1, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger, left, heads to first on a solo home run off San Diego Padres’ Joey Lucchesi, who walks off the mound, while catcher Austin Hedges and home plate umpire John Libka watch during the second inning of a baseball game Thursday, Aug. 1, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – AUGUST 01: Cody Bellinger #35 of the Los Angeles Dodgers reacts to his solo homerun, to tie the game 1-1 with the San Diego Padres, during the second inning at Dodger Stadium on August 01, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger heads to second after hitting a solo home run during the second inning of the team’s baseball game against the San Diego Padres on Thursday, Aug. 1, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – AUGUST 01: Cody Bellinger #35 of the Los Angeles Dodgers hits a solo homerun, to tie the game 1-1 with the San Diego Padres, during the second inning at Dodger Stadium on August 01, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – AUGUST 01: Manny Machado #13 of the San Diego Padres singles in Austin Hedges #18, to take a 2-1 lead, during the third inning at Dodger Stadium on August 01, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – AUGUST 01: Austin Hedges #18 of the San Diego Padres scores on a Manny Machado #13 single, in front of Will Smith #16 of the Los Angeles Dodgers, to take a 2-1 lead, during the second inning at Dodger Stadium on August 01, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – AUGUST 01: Dave Roberts #30 of the Los Angeles Dodgers looks on during the first inning against the San Diego Padres during the first inning at Dodger Stadium on August 01, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Kristopher Negron, right, takes the throw before tagging out San Diego Padres’ Fernando Tatis Jr. at third as catcher Will Smith backs him up after Manuel Margot hit a sacrifice bunt during the first inning of a baseball game Thursday, Aug. 1, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)San Diego Padres’ Fernando Tatis Jr., right, is tagged out by Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Kristopher Negron, center, as catcher Will Smith backs him up after a sacrifice bunt by Manuel Margot during the first inning of a baseball game Thursday, Aug. 1, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – AUGUST 01: Tyler White #28 of the Los Angeles Dodgers smiles as he leaves the field at the end of the first inning against the San Diego Padres at Dodger Stadium on August 01, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – AUGUST 01: Joey Lucchesi #37 of the San Diego Padres leaves the mound during the sixth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on August 01, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Will Smith hits a grand slam during the sixth inning of the team’s baseball game against the San Diego Padres on Thursday, Aug. 1, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Will Smith hits a grand slam in front of San Diego Padres catcher Austin Hedges and home plate umpire John Libka during the sixth inning of a baseball game Thursday, Aug. 1, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – AUGUST 01: Will Smith #16 of the Los Angeles Dodgers watches his grand slam homerun, to take a 5-2 lead over the San Diego Padres, during the sixth inning at Dodger Stadium on August 01, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – AUGUST 01: Will Smith #16 of the Los Angeles Dodgers watches his grand slam homerun, to take a 5-2 lead over the San Diego Padres, during the sixth inning at Dodger Stadium on August 01, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Will Smith, left, runs to first after hitting a grand slam as San Diego Padres catcher Austin Hedges watches during the sixth inning of a baseball game Thursday, Aug. 1, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Will Smith rounds first after hitting a grand slam during the sixth inning of the team’s baseball game against the San Diego Padres on Thursday, Aug. 1, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – AUGUST 01: Will Smith #16 of the Los Angeles Dodgers celebrates his grand slam homerun, to take a 5-2 lead over the San Diego Padres, during the sixth inning at Dodger Stadium on August 01, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – AUGUST 01: Will Smith #16 of the Los Angeles Dodgers reacts to his grand slam homerun, to take a 5-2 lead over the San Diego Padres, during the sixth inning at Dodger Stadium on August 01, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)San Diego Padres relief pitcher Trey Wingenter scowls after giving up a grand slam to Los Angeles Dodgers’ Will Smith during the sixth inning of a baseball game Thursday, Aug. 1, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Will Smith, left, scores as teammates Tyler White, Cody Bellinger and A.J. Pollock, from second from left, wait for him after he hit a grand slam during the sixth inning of the team’s baseball game against the San Diego Padres on Thursday, Aug. 1, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – AUGUST 01: Will Smith #16 of the Los Angeles Dodgers celebrates his grand slam homerun with A.J. Pollock #11, Cody Bellinger #35 and Tyler White #28, to take a 5-2 lead as Austin Hedges #18 of the San Diego Padres looks on, during the sixth inning at Dodger Stadium on August 01, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – AUGUST 01: Will Smith #16 of the Los Angeles Dodgers celebrates his grand slam homerun with A.J. Pollock #11, Cody Bellinger #35 and Tyler White #28, to take a 5-2 lead as Austin Hedges #18 of the San Diego Padres looks on, during the sixth inning at Dodger Stadium on August 01, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – AUGUST 01: Will Smith #16 of the Los Angeles Dodgers celebrates his grand slam homerun with Cody Bellinger #35 and Tyler White #28, to take a 5-2 lead over the San Diego Padres, during the sixth inning at Dodger Stadium on August 01, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – AUGUST 01: Austin Hedges #18 of the San Diego Padres reacts after a grand slam homerun from Will Smith #16 of the Los Angeles Dodgers, for a 5-2 Dodger lead, during the sixth inning at Dodger Stadium on August 01, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw gets set to pitch during the sixth inning of the team’s baseball game against the San Diego Padres on Thursday, Aug. 1, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw throws during the sixth inning of the team’s baseball game against the San Diego Padres on Thursday, Aug. 1, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – AUGUST 01: Will Smith #16 of the Los Angeles Dodgers in the dugout before the game against the San Diego Padres at Dodger Stadium on August 01, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger tosses his bat as he hits a two RBI double during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres Thursday, Aug. 1, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher Yimi Garcia throws to the plate during the ninth inning of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres Thursday, Aug. 1, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – AUGUST 01: Will Smith #16 and Yimi Garcia #63 of the Los Angeles Dodgers celebrate an 8-2 victory over the San Diego Padres at Dodger Stadium on August 01, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)The Dodgers’ Will Smith celebrates as he trots toward home plate after hitting a go-ahead grand slam during the sixth inning of Thursday’s game against the Padres at Dodger Stadium. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)NextShow Caption1 of 42The Dodgers’ Will Smith celebrates as he trots toward home plate after hitting a go-ahead grand slam during the sixth inning of Thursday’s game against the Padres at Dodger Stadium. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)ExpandLOS ANGELES — Will Smith starred in another Hollywood blockbuster.The Dodgers’ 24-year-old catcher had packed a lot into his first 13 big-league games – game-winning hits, walk-off homers, a six-RBI game. But he still had some things unchecked on his big-league bucket list.Smith’s first career grand slam came in the sixth inning Thursday night, awakening a sluggish offense and sparking the Dodgers to an 8-2 victory over the San Diego Padres.“He keeps coming up with big hits,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “It’s just one of those things right now – he’s got clarity in the box. He’s conducting good at-bats.” “It’s amazing. It seems like every situation that’s been a really key situation he’s come up big for us. Another one tonight,” Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw said.“It seems like big hit after big hit.”Kershaw went six innings, struggling with his control most of the way. Kershaw gave up a solo home run to Hunter Renfroe in the second inning and another run in the third when he issued two of his season-high five walks.“I can’t even talk about it, it was so bad,” he said. “I’m just going to move on to the next one and get ready for the Cardinals.”Along the way, Kershaw did strike out five, moving his career total to 2,397 – one more than Sandy Koufax. Kershaw now ranks third all-time among Dodgers pitchers behind Hall of Famers Don Sutton and Don Drysdale.“It’s really cool,” Kershaw said, pointing to the souvenir baseball in his locker. “It’s a special thing any time you get mentioned in the same breath with Sandy.” The decisive grand slam came one day after Smith hit a three-run home run in the ninth inning at Coors Field to break a scoreless tie – ending a trip that featured that six-RBI game in his first start after returning from Triple-A.Roberts had to reference an obscure outfielder from the franchise’s distant past to find another rookie who made this kind of impact so quickly in the big leagues.“I’m cautious to make this comparison,” Roberts said. “But Puig was like this when he came up.“That’s the only time I’ll compare Will Smith and Yasiel Puig. That excitement … that expectation when he steps up.”In 14 games with the Dodgers, Smith is batting .349 (15 for 43) with six home runs and 19 RBIs. Only three players since 1920 (when RBIs became an official stat in MLB) have had more RBIs in their first 14 big-league games than Smith – Jim Greengrass (21 for the Reds in 1952), Austin Riley (20 for the Braves this season) and Mandy Brooks (20 for the Cubs in 1925). According to STATS Inc., Smith’s .884 slugging percentage is second only to Willie McCovey (.885 in 1959) for the highest by a National League player through the first 14 games of a career (minimum 45 plate appearances). Kershaw passes Koufax. 👏(MLB x @BudweiserUSA) pic.twitter.com/eKLfa92N0Q— MLB (@MLB) August 2, 2019 Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco 35 for No. 35. pic.twitter.com/Mvh9UD7Dip— MLB (@MLB) August 2, 2019 Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start The rest of the Dodgers’ catchers have seven home runs, 29 RBIs and a .208 average in 97 games this season.“I don’t really surprise myself,” Smith said when asked if he had surprised himself with how much of an impact he has made. “I mean, you never know what you’re going to do when you get called up. But I think every guy down in Triple-A believes in themselves, that they can compete at this level. Yeah, I did and I’m showing it.”The Dodgers managed just one run and four hits through 5-2/3 innings against Padres starter Joey Lucchesi on Thursday night. The lone run came on a solo home run by Cody Bellinger in the second inning, his 35th of the season but first since July 16.Lucchesi gave up a leadoff single to A.J. Pollock in the sixth, retired the next two batters but walked Bellinger and Tyler White to load the bases and push his pitch count to 99.That was enough for Padres manager Andy Green, who brought in right-handed reliever Trey Wingenter to face Smith.Smith got ahead in the count 2-and-0, took a fastball for a strike then turned on the next one, sending it over the wall just to the right of straightaway center field.“He’s been awesome. It’s fun to watch,” said Pollock who left the game early as a precaution when he felt something in a groin muscle while running the bases.“The bigger the at-bat, the better the at-bat he puts on. … He doesn’t look like a rookie.”The grand slam turned a 2-1 deficit into a Dodger lead that grew to 6-2 when Kristopher Negron drew a walk and scored from first on Matt Beaty’s double.Related Articles Dave Roberts reflects on what he’s seen from Will Smith during his time with the #Dodgers and more after tonight’s comeback win vs. SD. pic.twitter.com/vdYDp3CcCn— SportsNet LA (@SportsNetLA) August 2, 2019 How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more