Clayton Kershaw threw eight innings, allowing just one run and striking out six as he helped the Los Angeles Dodgers put an end to their two-game losing streak and avoid a sweep.
The one run Kershaw allowed came in the first inning after he uncharacteristically walked the leadoff batter. For additional perspective, it was the first walk Kershaw issued in the first inning of a game this season.
Although the Dodger ace didn’t allow another run to score the remainder of the game, it was a bit of a battle for the left-hander. A.J. Ellis praised Kershaw for his day of work, which included an RBI single and diving catch on an attempted squeeze play.
It’s fun to feel like a baseball player,” Kershaw said. “We get labeled as pitchers, so every once in a while, you get some dirt on your jersey, it gets fun.”
Manager Don Mattingly credited Kershaw’s training regimen as a reason he wasn’t concerned with his pitcher’s diving catch:
I don’t really worry about him with that kind of stuff,” Mattingly said. “He’s kind of hard all the time. He’s not the typical pitcher that kind of jogs to first. He’s a guy that runs hard to first. I think he trains in a way that … He’s a baseball player.”
Sunday was the latest example in which Kershaw is capable of impacting a game. His streak of recording at least seven strikeouts, which dated back to May 17 came to an end, but he improved to 11-0 in his last 13 starts.
In the process of his winning streak that has now crossed into it’s third month, Kershaw lowered his ERA from 3.57 to a Major League best 1.78. Kershaw’s 0.86 WHIP is all tops in the Majors and so too is his 5.9 WAR.
Kershaw’s next scheduled start is against the same Milwaukee Brewers on Saturday during a weekend series at Dodger Stadium.
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