It’s not every day that you get to pass a hall of fame pitcher in anything. But that’s exactly what the Dodgers Clayton Kershaw did on Thursday night against the Mariners. The southpaw struck out 11 batters en route to passing Don Drysdale for second all-time on the franchise strikeout list.
After the game, the always very humble Kershaw was asked about his feelings on the accomplishment. Kershaw didn’t downplay the importance but was more focused on getting the win for the Dodgers.
Yeah obvously very cool just to be a Dodger long enough to accomplish something like that is pretty special. Like you said some of the names on that list, it’s pretty cool to be a part of that. Some day I’ll look back on it and think that’s pretty cool. But for today, it was just a great start all the way around, good game for the whole team really. It’s good to get out of here with a win.
Kershaw was fantastic in his start, making just one real mistake to Kyle Seager. He went 7 innings in a night where the bullpen needed a break and allowed just 1 run. On the year, he brought his era to just 2.25 through his first 4 starts of the year. The Dodgers starting rotation has been a strength early on, and he’s part of the reason or that.
Kershaw also talked about his future when reflecting on the accomplishment. When asked if his recent resurgence has him thinking about playing longer, the Dodgers ace kept it simple.
Kershaw said that he has always thought he can compete.
Feeling good this year, and says that he is going to keep pitching in the big leagues as long as he is having fun.
— Dodgers Nation (@DodgersNation) August 21, 2020
Kershaw’s current contract with the Dodgers is set to expire after the 2021 season. Fans in Los Angeles would certainly like to see him stick around for the long haul.