Clayton Kershaw took the mound Sunday in search of his sixth win of the month. The left-hander had been as good as any pitcher during June and finished the month off with another emphatic statement.
Kershaw struck out two batters in the first inning and two more in the second before upping the ante by striking out the side in the third.
The St. Louis Cardinals managed just five hits off Kershaw, three of which were courtesy of Matt Carpenter. The third baseman has been a thorn in Kershaw’s side dating back to the 2013 NLCS.
Sunday was no different as Carpenter’s three hits were two singles and a double. However, when Carpenter came up in the seventh inning with a runner on second base and the opportunity to put an end to Kershaw’s scoreless inning streak, he became another strikeout victim.
Kershaw finished the game with 13 strikeouts over seven shutout innings. His June totals read like video game numbers — six wins in six starts, 0.82 ERA, two complete games, one no-hitter, 61 strikeouts and just four runs allowed.
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