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Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw Reaches 200 Strikeouts In Victory Over Giants

April 14, 2017; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw (22) throws in the fourth inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

The Dodgers have now won 99 games this season after Sunday’s 3-1 victory over the Giants. The game was a bit lacking in the offense department, though it did show some good signs from players who have been struggling.

Curtis Granderson got a base-hit in the 2nd inning and ended up coming around to score on a Yasmani Grandal sacrifice fly. Then in the 4th inning, Grandal did one of his famous bat drops and hit a two-run homer!

However, the big story to come out of Sunday was Clayton Kershaw collecting strikeout number 200 on the season. This is his 7th season with at least 200 strikeouts, making him the first Dodger ever to achieve such a feat!

Kershaw had an amazing outing against the Giants, going eight innings and striking out six. Kershaw’s only blemish on the day came in the eighth inning when he gave up a solo home run to Mac Williamson. The victory also now gives Clayton Kershaw 18 wins on the season, which leads all of baseball.

With those 18 wins, a WHIP of just 0.93, and his league-leading 2.26 ERA, Clayton Kershaw has a good case for winning the Cy Young Award; however, his lack of innings-pitched from being on the disabled list definitely hurts those chances. Regardless of whether he wins the award or not, this start was a great reminder to all of baseball that Clayton Kershaw is one of the best at what he does.

There is just about a week left of the regular season and then comes the playoffs. Hopefully the Dodgers can keep winning and gain some momentum heading into October!

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Written by Alex Perez

Whittier College Alumnus.
Editor In Chief of Dodgers Nation.
Lifelong Dodgers fan.

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