LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 14: Manager Don Mattingly, Rod Barajas #28 and Clayton Kershaw #22 argue with umpire Bill Welke after Kershaw was ejected for throwing at Gerardo Parra #8 of the Arizona Diamondbacks during the sixth inning at Dodger Stadium on September 14, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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Clayton Kershaw was ejected in the sixth inning for hitting Gerardo Parra with a pitch, but the Los Angeles Dodgers managed to hold onto his lead and deliver his 19th win with a 3-2 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks at Dodger Stadium. Kershaw had a one-hit shutout through five innings and the Dodgers led 2-0 at the time of the ejection.
Kershaw was ejected without a warning from home plate umpire Bill Welke, and manager Don Mattingly was ejected shortly thereafter for arguing. Parra was at the center of controversy on Tuesday night as he reacted to a pitch up and in by Hong-Chih Kuo by grabbing his crotch, then hit a home run and admired it before trotting slowly around the bases.
The only hit Kershaw allowed on Wednesday was a third-inning double by Parra.
"First at-bat, I threw them all away, and [Parra] hit a double. Next at-bat, I have to pitch him in. It's just unfortunate in my opinion," Kershaw said of his ejection. "Bill [Welke]'s just too strict back there. I understand he has a job to do, but just pay attention to the game and understand what's going on a little bit better."
Josh Lindblom has the unsung bullpen hero for the Dodgers, striking out five in two scoreless innings of relief. The Diamondbacks and Dodgers each scored single runs in the eighth inning, then Arizona pulled to within one in the ninth inning, but Kenley Jansen struck out three in the final frame to preserve the win for the Dodgers.
Kershaw is the first Dodger to win 19 games since Ramon Martinez, who went 20-6 in 1990.
For a further look at Clayton Kershaw's amazing season for the Dodgers, be sure to read True Blue LA.
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Clayton Kershaw goes for his 19th win of the season on Wednesday night as the Los Angeles Dodgers host the Arizona Diamondbacks in the finale of a three-game series at Dodger Stadium. Arizona has won the first two games of the series, including a Gerardo Parra-fueled win on Tuesday. Parra is in the starting lineup tonight against Kershaw.
In the seventh inning on Tuesday, down 4-3, Parra squared to bunt and Hong-Chih Kuo threw a ball up and in near Parra's head. Parra walked away from the batters box and grabbed his crotch while staring at Kuo, who wasn't really paying attention. Then, Parra hit a game-tying home run off Kuo, and admired his handiwork before trotting around the bases.
This sparked yelling from the Dodger dugout, most notably from Kershaw, who was yelling across to the Diamondbacks' dugout what seemed to be "You'll find out" if my lip-reading skills are well honed. Manager Don Mattingly downplayed any chance of a Kershaw-Parra incident, saying before Wednesday's game the issue was "resolved," per Joe Block of KABC.
The left-handed Parra bats eighth for Arizona tonight against the southpaw Kershaw. Here are the starting lineups for both teams.
Wednesday night's 7:10 p.m. PDT game will be televised by Prime Ticket. For a further look at Clayton Kershaw's amazing season for the Dodgers, be sure to read True Blue LA.