Clayton Kershaw continues to prove day in and day out that he is the best pitcher in baseball at the moment. The Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Miami Marlins 6-0 for the team’s Major League leading 17th shutout.
For Kershaw it was the eighth time this season he didn’t allow a run going at least eight innings in all but one of those starts. Now with a 1.72 ERA, Kershaw is a full 53 points better than Matt Harvey’s 2.25 ERA that is the second best in baseball.
Proving once again why he is the best Kershaw was able to get past the first three innings without any command of his pitches. For most of the first two innings he had thrown more balls then strikes but pulled out of it and got better as the game went on.
Kershaw talked after the game about finding his command later in the ballgame saying, “I don’t think I found it. I didn’t have good stuff today and was very fortunate to get those double plays.” The Marlins grounded into three double plays.
After 103 pitches through eight innings it goes without saying that if it were a more important game he would have finished. However, with the big lead it was a perfect time for Don Mattingly to get Brian Wilson into his first game as a Dodger. Wilson allowed a hit while striking out two hitting as high as 94 mph in a 19 pitch ninth inning.
Five of the six runs the Dodgers scored Wednesday came with two outs with the first coming on a bases loaded single by, whom else, Kershaw in the fourth inning. Carl Crawford followed with a two-run double to give the Dodgers a 3-0 lead.
Just an inning later with two outs A.J. Ellis doubled in Andre Ethier for his 43rd RBI of the year which is third on the team. Skip Schumaker knocked in Ellis a batter later to really put the game out of reach the way the Dodgers pitching has been.
Yasiel Puig was responsible for the sixth run with an RBI sac fly in the seventh inning. There isn’t anybody happier to come home to Dodgers Stadium than Puig who was just 4-for-27 (.148) on the road trip.
The Dodgers head home to take on the Boston Red Sox for a weekend series between two of the best teams in baseball.
WP: Clayton Kershaw (13-7)
LP: Henderson Alvarez (2-3)