Many people believe that Clayton Kershaw is the best pitcher on the face of the planet, and after Sunday’s dominance of the Milwaukee Brewers, their hitters may agree.
Kershaw threw 8 shutout innings in the Dodgers 2-0 victory over Milwaukee, but that was just the tip of the iceberg on his impressive pitching line. He notched 12 strikeouts (and zero walks) to move into 3rd-place among all MLB pitchers in strikeouts (with 47), and in addition to his strikeout proficiency, Kershaw managed to retire 18 consecutive Brewers during one stretch of the win.
The only “blemish” on the card for the Los Angeles left-hander was the fact that it took him 117 pitches to get through 8 innings, and because of that, he wasn’t able to complete the game. However, Brandon League entered for the 9th inning and picked up where Kershaw left off with an 8-pitch, 1-2-3 inning for the save and a 2-0 win.
Offensively for the Dodgers, Carl Crawford accounted for both runs on two solo home runs off of Kyle Lohse, with one coming as the game’s 1st hitter and the second arriving in the 5th inning. It’s been another great story to see Crawford’s reemergence with Los Angeles this year, as the former Tampa Bay and Boston player currently has an OPS of .913 with 4 home runs and 4 stolen bases.
Even with the great game for Crawford, however, this game belonged to the dominance of Kershaw. Every fifth day, the Dodgers are in a very, very good situation with him on the hill, and at the moment, I don’t think there is a pitcher that any manager would rather have toeing the rubber in a big spot.