Clayton Kershaw may not have been as sharp as he desired, but fact of the matter remains he threw eight innings and struck out 10 Arizona Diamondbacks to collect his 16th win Wednesday.
With the 10 strikeouts, Kershaw now has 194 on the season and sits in third place, eight behind National League leader Stephen Strasburg of the Washington Nationals. Mind you, Kershaw spent five weeks on the disabled list after making just one start this season.
The Diamondbacks did manage to put runners on base against the reigning NL Cy Young award winner, but he held them to just one run in the Los Angeles Dodgers’ 3-1 win. Twice, Kershaw had to work himself out of a jam.
With one out in the third inning, the Diamondbacks loaded the bases and came away empty handed. Then in the fifth, Ender Inciarte hit a leadoff triple, but were turned away by Kershaw yet again.
Along with winning an MLB-best 16th game, Kershaw lowered his ERA to 1.73 and holds a 0.84 WHIP, both of which lead the Majors.
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