Clayton Kershaw pitched his way to another shutout, stretching his scoreless inning streak to 36 innings in the Los Angeles Dodgers 9-0 win over the Colorado Rockies on Friday night. Kershaw worked his way through the Rockies lineup, giving up two hits in eight innings pitched. Kershaw struck out eight batters, dominating the Rockies lineup. Kershaw threw his first career no hitter in the month of June against the Rockies. Safe to say, the Rockies do not want to see Kershaw on the mound.
Since the start of June, Kershaw has faced 175 batters. He has struck out 67 of those batters, drawing 71 ground balls and 37 balls hit in the air. In other words, opposing batters have no chance. Orel Hershiser, who pitched 59 consecutive innings, called Kershaw the best pitcher he has ever seen. Kershaw now trails only Hershiser and Don Drysdale for the longest consecutive scoreless inning streak in Dodgers history. Kershaw is 1 2/3 innings away from qualifying his 1.85 ERA for the lead in the majors. Kershaw also improved to 10-2 with the win.
The Dodgers pitching staff continues to hold their own at the plate with Kershaw going 2-4 and an RBI, his first of the season. It wasn’t only Kershaw though, as the Dodgers put together a season high 19 hits. Every Dodgers position player had a hit tonight.
Yasiel Puig led the scoring off in the first inning with a two run blast, his 12th of the season. Andre Ethier completed the first inning cycle for the Dodgers with a triple, driving in Hanley Ramirez for the early 3-0 lead. Ramirez later took a fastball off the back of the hand and left the game for precautionary reasons. No X-rays have been planned.
Scott Van Slyke pushed things forward in a five run fifth inning with a three run blast on a 3-2 pitch. The Dodgers took the 7-0 lead on an RBI from AJ Ellis. Kershaw then singled in Juan Uribe for the eight run. Erisbel Arruebarrena made it 9-0 in the ninth inning with a base knock. Arruebarrena replaced Ramirez in the fifth inning at shortstop. Dee Gordon had a 3-5 night, with two of those hits going a combined 50 feet. Ethier was 3-4, Ellis 3-5, and Van Slyke 2-5.
The series continues tomorrow afternoon with Dan Haren on the hill. Los Angeles took a game and a half lead over the Giants for first place in the NL West.