Kershaw Reaches a Milestone in a Dodger Win

Thursday, September 3, 202
Copyrighted by Sarah Morris, 2020

On a beautiful Thursday night at Dodger Stadium, Clayton Kershaw passed 2,500 strikeouts in the Los Angeles Dodgers’ 5-to-1 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Kershaw became the third-youngest Major League Baseball pitcher in history. Since returning to the active roster from a back injury that made him miss Opening Day, Kershaw has been one of the best Major-League starters during the 2020 season.

Kershaw has an extra mile of velocity on a fastball from last year, and his curveball and slider have a harder break from 2019. This year he has a 1.50 ERA.

Thursday night’s performance was vintage Kershaw. He had a little command trouble in the third, running up his pitch count that caused him to hurl only six innings. He had a no-hitter into the sixth inning until Kiké Hernandez could not make a difficult play at second base. He had eight strikeouts. Manager Dave Roberts would not have allowed Kershaw with 98 pitches at the end of the sixth inning to complete the game.

The Dodgers scored two runs in the first inning thanks to sloppy defense by the Diamondbacks. Taylor had an RBI-single. AJ Pollock homered, Betts had an RBI ground out, and Hernandez broke out of his slump with an RBI-single. Thursday, Cody Bellinger returned to the lineup after missing two games with a sore lat muscle.

Although Dylan Floro struggled and allowed the Diamondbacks’ only run in the seventh inning, Blake Treinen and Jake McGee pitched magnificently.

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