Kershaw Is Perfect And the Dodgers Hit Four Homers

Wednesday, April 13, 2022
Copyrighted by Sarah Morris, 2022

On a frigid Wednesday afternoon at Target Field, Clayton Kershaw was perfect through seven innings as the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Minnesota Twins 7-to-0.

Although Cody Bellinger, Gavin Lux, Austin Barnes, and Max Muncy blasted home runs, the day belonged to Kershaw. His slider baffled the Twins, and he even threw two changeups. With supreme control, he kept the hitters completely off-balance. Lux made a fantastic play at second base to keep the perfect game. Kershaw struck out thirteen.

If Kershaw pitched this game in June or later in the regular season, Dave Roberts would have left him in until he allowed a hit. The last time that Kershaw pitched in a Major-League game on October 2, 2021, he walked off the mound with the trainer because he had an elbow injury. Many Dodger fans, including myself, thought it was the end of his Hall of Fame-caliber career. He received a PRP (platelet-rich plasma) injection. He did not begin a throwing program until January 1st. While he looked fantastic during spring training, he is not built up to pitch a complete game.

If Roberts left Kershaw in longer, he might have injured himself. The Dodgers and Kershaw want to win another world championship this season, and Kershaw wants to contribute. He is not playing for personal glory even though he only needs fourteen more strikeouts to be the Dodger franchise leader. However, he wants a world championship in a regular season and not only in an abbreviated 2020 season.

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