The Dodgers have been one of the hottest teams in baseball, going 22-5 since the All-Star break. Many of these wins can be attributed to pitcher and Cy Young Award candidate, Clayton Kershaw.
Kershaw dominated in last night’s game against the Miami Marlins, going eight shut out innings, allowing just five hits while striking out six. Kershaw(13-7) brought his ERA down to a Major League best 1.72, along with his MLB leading 0.86 WHIP. He sits second in strike outs with 188, behind Yu Darvish of the Texas Rangers.
It wasn’t just on the mound where Kershaw helped the Dodgers. Kershaw helped himself by scoring the first run of the game, with an RBI single to left field in the 4th inning scoring Yasiel Puig, starting a three run rally. The Dodgers would go on to score three more runs later in the game, giving them a final score of 6-0, adding on yet another shut out to their Major League best 17.
This wasn’t to say Kershaw had his best performance of the year. He did show issues with his command and allowed three walks, including a lead off walk on four pitches in the bottom of the first inning. He allowed runners to reach scoring positions in all of the first three innings.
Rather than having Kershaw pitch a complete game, manager Don Mattingly brought in former Giants closer Brian Wilson to pitch in the ninth. This was his first performance since April 12th 2012, where he for the second time in his career tore his ulnar collateral ligament, leading to his second Tommy John surgery. Wilson pitched a scoreless ninth, allowing one hit and striking out two.