The Dodgers almost had their second perfect week in a row. In more ways than one. On Friday night, Clayton Kershaw had his second brush with perfection, and this time, it was against another AL squad – the Orange County Angels.
Kershaw, who will be starting in tomorrow’s All-Star Game at Dodger Stadium, carried a perfect game into the eighth inning.
Of course, pitchers chasing a perfecto need a standout play or two from the defense.
Dodgers veteran Justin Turner was happy to oblige.
In the fourth inning, Turner made a spectacular play at third base to keep Kershaw’s perfect game bid alive.
Angels second baseman Michael Stefanic hit a sharp ground ball down the line, only to have JT spear it with an incredible dive. Turner then spun from his knees and fired a one-hopper that first baseman Freddie Freeman picked to rob Stefanic of a hit.
On Monday, MLB selected Turner’s awesome play as the Play of the Week.
.@redturn2 made a spectacular play to help preserve a perfect game at the time.
This is your Electric Play of the Week.
— MLB (@MLB) July 18, 2022
In the eighth inning, Angels infielder Luis Rengifo broke up the perfect game with a double over Justin Turner’s head. As Kershaw walked off the mound at the end of the inning, scores of Dodgers fans in attendance at Angels Stadium gave the legendary lefty a standing ovation.
Turner might not be the fielder he once was at third, but he still knows how to make big plays in big moments. Whether it’s the NLCS or in a potential perfect game.
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