Clayton Kershaw came into the game on a quest for history, looking to add to his 36 consecutive scoreless innings against the San Diego Padres.
He started out the game with another scoreless inning, setting down the Padres in order. Cuban right-hander Odrisamer Despaigne took the mound and allowed two singles to start the inning. A Yasiel Puig strikeout and an Adrian Gonzalez double play later, the Dodgers were left without a run.
Kershaw had another perfect inning in the second to keep his streak. The offense went down in order as well. The Dodger ace worked around a single in the third to keep the Padres off the board. A leadoff single by A.J. Ellis started the bottom half. He advanced to second on a wild pitch, but was left stranded there.
In the fourth, Kershaw notched two strikeouts to put the Padres down. Puig doubled to start off the inning. He moved to third on Gonzalez’s groundout and scored on Scott Van Slyke’s bloop single to make it 1-0. The Padres failed to score in the fifth and Kershaw’s streak reached 41 innings.
The Dodgers went down in order to move the game to the sixth. This would be the inning where the reigning Cy Young award’s streak when Chase Headley hit the ball over the wall in left field to tie the game at one. That would be all the Padres would get. On offense, the Dodgers would quickly retake the lead when Ramirez singled, stole second, advanced to third on a throwing error and scored on Gonzalez’s sacrifice fly.
A Yasmani Grandal would be the only damage in the top of the seventh before the offense went three up and three down in the bottom half. Kershaw came back out for the eighth and retired the side in order. The Dodgers put runners on the corners with one out before Matt Kemp and Van Slyke struck out to end the threat.
In the top of the ninth, Kershaw came back out to finish the game. He struck out Headley to start the inning. A fly out and a another strikeout gave the Dodgers the 2-1 victory and Kershaw the complete game.
Dodgers History: MLB Facts About Clayton Kershaw’s No-Hitter