Kershaw delivers nine shutout innings

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The Los Angeles Dodgers returned to Dodger Stadium after a tough five-game road trip to Anaheim and San Diego that netted only one win — from a marathon 17-inning game Sunday against the Padres. They used nine pitchers in that game. Lucky for the Dodgers starting lefty Clayton Kershaw got the start on Monday.

Reds shortstop Iván DeJesús, Jr.
Reds shortstop Iván DeJesús, Jr.

Tired after that epic Sunday game, Dodgers manager was hoping Kershaw could throw at least seven innings and give the bullpen a rest. The lefty, who had a record of 6-1 going into the game, with an ERA of 1.67.

The Reds had Brandon Finnegan start. He gave up only one run in eight innings, working around three errors by his team to keep the Dodgers to just that one run, which came off a double play that allowed Justin Turner to score.

But Kershaw had another great outing, throwing nine complete innings, allowing just two hits and one walk for the shut out. After the game he told the media, “The approach was probably the same as it has been, I feel like just aggressive on the fastball, first pitch.” Adding, “My command wasn’t as good tonight, falling behind people. When you fall behind people you’re not going to get the strikeouts. But fortunate to make it through nine.”

Kershaw had seven K’s, ending his six-game streak of throwing at least 10 strikeouts. He gave up only his fifth walk of the season. He is now 7-1 with an ERA of 1.48.

Clayton Kershaw
Clayton Kershaw

It’s really too early in the season to start chanting “M-V-P!” and “Cy Young Award” whenever he pitches, but the Dodgers fans did anyway.

Reds manager Bryan Price said, “I’ve seen about enough of Kershaw for the past seven or eight years.”

Final score was 1-0.

Claudia Gestro covered the game and her video report is below.

Photos by Claudia Gestro.