The Los Angeles Dodgers were nine games below .500 and 3-7 in their last 10 games when they began a three-game series with Detroit Tigers at Dodger Stadium on June 20, 2011. Clayton Kershaw, 6-3 at that point, took the mound for what would be one of many nights he dominated opposing batters. It was just Kershaw’s second career start against the Tigers, with his first coming on a rainy night in 2008, which the left-hander pitched four innings before being giving way to Chan Ho Park after a 47-minute rain delay.
Kershaw recorded two strikeouts in the first inning and had at least one strikeout in seven of the nine innings he pitched. Kershaw amassed 11 strikeouts en route to pitching a two-hit complete game shutout, getting Casper Wells a game-high three times, and Miguel Cabrera and Jhonny Peralta twice, each.
Along with being nearly unhittable on the mound, Kershaw helped himself with a two-run single in the eighth to give the Dodgers a 4-0 lead. The eventual 2011 Cy Young Award winner capped off his evening of work by striking out the side in the ninth.
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