Clayton Kershaw Sets New Season-High Strikeouts Total In Dodgers Win

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It was a quick turnaround Saturday for the Los Angeles Dodgers and Washington Nationals after they concluded a continuation game from Friday’s matchup that was cut short due to lighting issues at Nationals Park.

Joc Pederson, who struck out to end the first game Saturday, led off the second tilt by drawing a walk against Doug Fister. The Nationals right-hander got a pair of fly outs, then saw the inning come to an end as Pederson was caught stealing.

Clayton Kershaw’s first inning of work came and went without issue. The reigning National League MVP struck out Danny Espinosa on three pitches, then kept Bryce Harper off balance and struck him out with a curveball Harper was out in front of.

Adrian Gonzalez continued with his solid hitting by dropping a leadoff single in front of Harper in right field. Andre Ethier followed with a base hit to left-center field that put runners on the corners with no outs. Yasiel Puig’s infield single gave the Dodgers a 1-0 lead, though Fister used a double play to limit the damage.

Kershaw struck out two more in the second, working around a Clint Robinson one-out single to toss a scoreless inning. Howie Kendrick and Justin Turner hit back-to-back singles with two outs in the third, putting Gonzalez in an RBI situation. The Dodgers’ first baseman this time came away empty as he got under a pitch and flied out to right.

Pederson made up for taking a bad route on a sinking liner by ending his trek with a diving catch to rob Tyler Moore of a leadoff hit. Fister hit a chopper up the middle for a one-out single, but it was followed by Michael Taylor and Espinosa both going down swinging, giving Kershaw six strikeouts through three scoreless innings.

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