On the night remembering Vin Scully and the 73rd anniversary of his 1st Dodgers broadcast, Clayton Kershaw was brilliant in winning his 200th game as a Los Angeles Dodger. The Dodgers shut out the Mets 5-0, with Kershaw going 7.0 IP. Evan Phillips and Brusdar Graterol pitched scoreless innings to complete the shutout.
Things certainly looked ominous in the first, as the first batter hit a fly ball to Jason Heyward in RF that he played into a 3 base error. Clayton ramped up and struck out Starling Marte, Francisco Lindor, and Pete Alonso to keep Nimmo at 3rd and out of the inning.
After striking out Lindor and Alonso to open the 7th, Kersh had a 13 pitch battle with Mark Canha. It seemed to tire him a bit (his words). He immediately gave up a single to Jeff McNeil on the next pitch to put runners on 1st and 3rd.
The next batter, Tommy Pham, chased a 3-2 slider for Clayton 9th strikeout on the night. He ended the game the same way he started it. He struck out the side, leaving a runner stranded on 3rd.
With the 9th strikeout, Clayton moved past Mickey Lolich into 21st on the All-Time Strikeout leaderboard with 2,833. Next stop is Jim Bunning (2,855). He is 22 shy.
The offensive star was JD Martinez. He was 4-5 with 2 HRs and 4 RBIs. James Outman also had a pair of singles. Max Muncy had a single with 3 walks.
In a Wednesday afternoon game (12:10 PM), the Dodgers will send out Noah Syndergaard against Max Scherzer. The Dodgers will try to win the series and head out to Chicago with a record north of .500.