The Los Angeles Dodgers had a memorable night on Thursday, setting a Dodger Stadium record for most runs scored in their 21-5 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers to earn a split of the four-game series.
While he was overshadowed a bit by his teammates hitting seven home runs, Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw turned in another strong performance on the mound.
He made it through at least six innings for the sixth straight start, allowing five hits and two runs in six frames while striking out seven and walking two. The first run scored on a wild pitch, and the second came on a solo home run by Christian Yelich when the game was essentially already out of reach.
Yelich has worn Kershaw out a bit in his career, now at 9-for-17 with two home runs. While Kershaw hopes he will be able to figure out Yelich one day, he was generally pleased with his performance on Thursday night, via SportsNet LA:
“It’s a good team over there, Milwaukee. Got a lot of guys swinging the bat (well). One of these days, maybe in the playoffs, I’ll figure out how to get Yelich out. He’s swinging the bat unbelievably right now. Fortunately, our bats were a little bit hotter tonight. Getting that many runs like that, you just try to get them back in the dugout as fast as possible. I wasn’t super great tonight by any means, but good enough to get us back in the dugout, keeping scoring runs, and get out of their way.”
Since he came off the disabled list, Kershaw has looked a lot more like his usual self, going 4-1 with a 2.33 ERA with 45 strikeouts and eight walks in 46.1 innings across eight starts.
That is a positive sign for the Dodgers, who are ramping up for another potential World Series run and will need their ace to pitch like one down the stretch of the season.
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