Recap: Clayton Kershaw Loses Perfect Game In 7th, Throws Complete Game

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The Los Angeles Dodgers began a four-game series at Citi Field Thursday night against the New York Mets. One of the hottest pitchers in baseball Clayton Kershaw got the start for the Dodgers, riding a 20-inning scoreless streak. The Mets countered with the second-oldest player in baseball, 18-year veteran Bartolo Colon.

Joc Pederson struck out a National League-leading 116th time to open the game. Justin Turner followed by hitting a hard ground ball to the second base and Adrian Gonzalez struck out to end the inning. Kershaw also retired the side in order in the first, needing just 10 pitches to do so.

Colon got three quick fly outs in the top of the second, as he got some help from his center fielder Juan Lagares who robbed Yasiel Puig of a hit. Kershaw also cruise through the second, striking out two along the way.

The Dodgers were able to get on the board in the top of the third when Jimmy Rollins launched a solo home to right-center field with one out. Kershaw followed with a base hit of his own to left but was quickly erased on a 1-6-3 double play off the bat of Pederson to end the inning.

Kershaw had another 1-2-3 inning in the third, putting him at one time through the oder without allowing a baserunner. Adrian Gonzalez knocked a single to center with one out in the top of the fourth, but once again the Dodgers became victim of the double play ball, this time off the bat of Andre Ethier, ending the inning.

Kershaw got Curtis Granderson and Ruben Tejada to fly out and got called strike three on Wilmer Flores to remain perfect through four with four strikeouts.

CONTINUE READING: Clayton Kershaw Perfect Through 6 Innings, Extends Scoreless Streak With Complete Game

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