Kershaw’s 100th Victory at Dodger Stadium

Monday, April 18, 2022
Copyrighted by Sarah Morris, 2022

On a beautiful Monday night at Dodger Stadium, the Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the reigning world champion Atlanta Braves 7-to-4.

Monday was an emotional day for Freddie Freeman. For the first time in his Major-League career, Freeman faced the team that he had played for twelve seasons. Before the game, he received his Silver Slugger. In the first at-bat of the game, he slugged his first home run as a Dodger.

In the fourth inning, the Dodgers exploded for five runs, which was capped off by Trea Turner’s double. In the eighth, Cody Bellinger hit his second homer in the season.

Clayton Kershaw had decent five-plus innings and allowed four runs. At times during his outing, he was dominant, but his velocity decreased. Also, Kershaw’s curveball lost its sharp break. He used only two changeups.

While Brusdar Graterol was the first Dodger reliever to allow an inherited runner to score, he pitched well to get out of the jam in the sixth inning.

Daniel Hudson hurled well in the seventh inning. Today, coming off an IL, Phil Bickford performed outstandingly during the eighth while Blake Treinen nurses a sore arm, but the Dodgers do not think Treinen’s owie is serious. Craig Kimbrel saved Kershaw’s one-hundredth victory at Dodger Stadium.

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