July 21, 2018 — that’s the date you would have to look back to if you wanted to find the last time Clayton Kershaw recorded a loss for the Dodgers. On Friday night in San Francisco, that streak was snapped.
The @SFGiants just handed Clayton Kershaw his first regular season loss since 7/21/18 (vs MIL) …
It was a span of 21 starts. pic.twitter.com/74BmKwrvxN
— MLB Stats (@MLBStats) June 8, 2019
On that July day in 2018, Clayton tossed 6 innings and allowed one earned run in a loss at Miller Park in Milwaukee. He allowed 3 unearned runs on errors from Yasmani Grandal and later Manny Machado in that game.
On Friday night at Oracle Park, he threw 7 innings and allowed 2 runs in a 2-1 loss to the Giants.
In 21 starts between losses, Kershaw accumulated an 11-0 record with a 2.99 ERA in 138.2 IP. He registered 127 strikeouts against 21 walks in that time frame. In those 21 starts, the Dodgers had gone 19-2, including 17 straight victories.
While baseball is a team game, and pitcher wins aren’t valued the way they once were, your team winning 17 straight starts will stand out on paper.
In stands out even more as Dodgers Insider Rowan Kavner points out facts like this,
Kershaw’s streak of 17 straight regular season starts ending in a Dodger win? was the longest streak for any Dodger starter since at least 1908
In a time where media crushes Kershaw for not throwing 93 anymore, he put together a streak like that.
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