At 26 years-old, the Los Angeles Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw has done things that most pitchers only dream of accomplishing throughout a career. He has already won two National League Cy Young Awards, a Gold Glove, and he pitched a no-hitter against the Colorado Rockies this season in front of a home crowd. However, that sample does not fully reflect the greatness of the young pitcher.
Most recently, Kershaw’s streak of scoreless innings pitched ended at 41. Yesterday, while pitching against the San Diego Padres, Kershaw allowed a homerun to Chase Headley during the sixth inning of the game.
Beating the Padres is something Kershaw has struggled with in recent years. Last season, Kershaw was 1-3 against San Diego posting an Earned Run Average of 3.33. Despite his difficulties with the Padres, he finished the game allowing three hits and 11 strikeouts in a 2-1 victory for the Dodgers.
During the 41 innings, Kershaw allowed only 17 hits while striking out 52 batters.
Kershaw joins two Dodger greats who have impressive scoreless streaks of their own. Orel Hershiser pitched 59 scoreless innings during the 1988 season. Hershiser currently holds the record for longest streak of consecutive scoreless innings. Right behind him is Don Drysdale who held the record before it was broken by Hershiser.
Although Clayton Kershaw’s impressive streak had to come to an end, what’s most impressive is his overall performance thus far this season. In 14 starts, Kershaw has an 11-2 record and an ERA of 1.98. Further, the only player posting a lower ERA is Adam Wainwright of the St. Louis Cardinals, so Kershaw is in the hunt to win his fourth consecutive ERA Title. Kershaw has achieved all of this even though he missed the first five weeks of the season due to a strained muscle in his upper back.
Kershaw’s spectacular pitching is only one more milestone for the young pitcher. Dodger fans had better be excited, he is definitely not done yet.