Clayton Kershaw is a name everyone around baseball, not just Dodgers fans, should know. He’s arguably the best pitcher of his generation and maybe even one of the best to do it ever. Kershaw has already put together a guaranteed Hall of Fame resume with so many different accolades that include 9 All-Star appearances, 3 NL Cy Young Awards, an NL MVP Award, a no-hitter, etc.
For a while, all that was missing was a World Series title. Fortunately, he and the Dodgers were able to accomplish that in 2020 and are determined to do so again this year. With that being said, what else is there for the 34-year-old southpaw to accomplish? Well, how about a perfect game?
On Friday night’s series opener against the Anaheim Angels, Kershaw was flirting with just that. After 7 perfect innings and plenty left in the tank, Clayton was on the home stretch of accomplishing what he narrowly missed back in 2014. However, a Luis Rengifo double to left field ended any such hopes. Kershaw spoke about how it felt post-game.
“After like the sixth inning, you kind of feel the crowd getting into it. Once you get to the seventh inning, you get to the top of the order again, you feel like maybe you’ve got a chance at this. Just a bummer.”
You can’t help but feel for him, especially as injuries have sidelined and kept him from performing to his potential a lot over the past couple of years. While he was certainly bummed out, he showed his teammates some love for supporting him through it.
“Honestly I should’ve given up four or five hits before they got that hit in the eighth there. The defense played unbelievable tonight. JT. Trea. They lined out right to some guys. Hanser made a great play. Just a lot of unbelievable plays all the way around.”
Defensive play of the year nominee for the Dodgers by Justin Turner.
Not bad for a "washed 37 year old" third baseman.
— Doug McKain (@DMAC_LA) July 16, 2022
The amount of highlight-reel plays that got him as close as he was, was just astounding to see. While Kershaw did not achieve history once again, he was able to lower his ERA down to a solid 2.13 and solidified his case to start the All-Star Game on Tuesday.
Clayton Kershaw Flirts With Perfect Game, Offense Annihilates the Angels, Dodgers Stay Hot
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