Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw has set a modern era record for most strikeouts to start a game in franchise history.
According to Elias Sports Bureau, Kershaw set the modern era (since 1900) Dodgers record for most strikeout to start a game (7), surpassing the previous mark held by Andy Messersmith, who struck out the first 6 batters in a game on May 28, 1973.
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Per Elias Sports Bureau, Kershaw’s 7 K’s against the first 7 batters surpassed former Dodger Andy Messersmith, who had the record of 6 straight K’s back in 1973. Clayton is showing that he is not passed his prime, and he still has what it takes to lead the Dodgers to wins.
When Dodgers skipper Dave Roberts pushed Kershaw’s start back one day, there was concern that the lefty may have been dealing with a nagging injury. Instead, we got a slightly more rested Kershaw, and we now know what a rested Kersh can do.
He opened Wednesday night’s game dealing and finished with 7 IP, allowing only 2 hits, and ultimately recording 10 strikeouts while walking none. Moreover, this was Kershaw’s second 10 strikeout performance of the season, with both coming against the Miami Marlins.
Marlins aside, we are witnessing greatness, and Kershaw keeps proving to us why he’s the greatest pitcher of this generation.