In a script appropriate for the Hollywood setting, the Los Angeles Dodgers went into Wednesday’s game with the opportunity to clinch the National League West division against their arch rival.
Not only were the Dodgers set to play the finale of a three-game set with the San Francisco Giants, none other than Clayton Kershaw was taking the mound. In what would be his final start of the season, Kershaw was looking for an MLB-best 21st win and to become the first pitcher to lead the Majors in ERA in four consecutive seasons.
Kershaw’s performance was along the lines of a no-hitter or perfect game, but the sure fire 2014 NL Cy Young Award winner turned in a night of work that furthered his case for NL MVP. The Dodger ace made a behind-the-back stop on a chopper hit up the middle to save at least one run and when the Dodgers couldn’t provide run support, Kershaw took matters into his own hands.
With the Dodgers trailing 1-0 in the fifth inning, Kershaw lined a two-out RBI base hit into right-center field that rolled to the wall and ended with Kershaw standing on third for his first career triple.
As for matters on the mound, Kershaw threw eight innings and struck out 11 as the Dodgers pulled away late to repeat as division champions.