It was over two months since the Los Angeles Dodgers’ ace, Clayton Kershaw, has thrown in a live-game…. until this past weekend.
Kershaw pitched three innings for the Dodgers’ Single A affiliate, the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes, where he struck out 5 and only surrendered one hit during his outing.
Although Kershaw’s go-to pitch is his curveball, he says it wasn’t completely on during his outing in Rancho Cucamonga as he told Jack Baer for MLB.com:
My fastball and slider were pretty decent. Curveball needs a little work, wasn’t there at times. I threw a couple good ones, but a few of them got away from me. I guess for as much time as I’ve missed, I’ll take it, but once I get up to pitching real games in the Major Leagues, there’s not going to be so much forgiveness. Definitely need to be more consistent.
Even though Kershaw says his pitches weren’t on, he still had at outstanding outing. His fastball ranged between 92-94 MPH throughout his time on the mound and he seemed to have complete control of his pitches as he threw 23 strikes out of 34 total pitches.
Take a look at Kershaw’s typical pitch sequence during his outings for 2016.
In regards to the return of the reigning Cy Young winner, Clayton Kershaw is slated to start for the Dodgers on Friday night against the Miami Marlins according to ESPN, Dodger insiders, Alanna Rizzo and Bill Plunkett. Kershaw can’t wait to get back out on the mound for the Boys in Blue!
— Alanna Rizzo (@alannarizzo) September 4, 2016
Clayton Kershaw on starting Friday: "It’s going to be fun. It’s been a long time coming. I’m excited to get back out there and get going"
— Bill Plunkett (@billplunkettocr) September 4, 2016
With the Los Angeles Dodgers now four games ahead of the San Francisco Giants in the NL West, it will be great to see #22 back on the mound for the Dodgers with October right around the corner.