The Los Angeles Dodgers were in good position as they entered Saturday with an opportunity to move into first place in the National League West standings.
On the heels of a strong start from Zack Greinke, Clayton Kershaw was next to take the mound in a stadium he has a proven track record in.
Kershaw made his ninth start at AT&T Park and left with another impressive outing under his belt. This wasn’t necessarily Kershaw in his most dominant form — he had seven strikeouts — but it was certainly a dominating performance.
The Dodger ace threw a complete-game shutout and limited the San Francisco Giants to just two hits. Kershaw again had full command of his arsenal of pitches and used them at will to keep the Giants off balance.
Kershaw’s efficiency allowed him to take the mound in the ninth inning on 98 pitches and the Dodgers holding a comfortable 5-0 lead; he needed 15 pitches to record the final three outs of the game.
The complete game was Kershaw’s fourth of the season, which leads all pitchers this season and he improved to 7-2 with a 0.69 ERA at AT&T Park.
Kershaw’s overall record this season now sits at 12-2 with an MLB-best 1.76 ERA.
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