On May 25, 2008, Clayton Kershaw made his MLB debut with the Los Angeles Dodgers in a start against the St. Louis Cardinals at Dodger Stadium. He joined the Dodgers that season from Double-A Jacksonville.
Kershaw allowed two runs on five hits in six innings, striking out seven and walking one. Of his 102 pitches, 69 were thrown for strikes. Kershaw issued a one-out walk and allowed an RBI double to Albert Pujols, but otherwise struck out the side in the first inning.
Kershaw exited with the game tied, and he did not factor into the decision as the Dodgers won in the 10th inning on Andre Ethier’s walk-off single.
At the time just 20 years old, Kershaw took regular turns in the Dodgers rotation into July. He was optioned back to Jacksonville following a start on July 1, but rejoined the Dodgers before the end of the month and remained with the club for the duration of the season and into the playoffs.
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In 22 games (21 starts) with the Dodgers as a rookie, he went 5-5 with a 4.26 ERA and 1.50 WHIP. Kershaw allowed one run on two hits in two innings pitched across two relief appearances in the 2008 National League Division Series.
Kershaw making his MLB debut against the Cardinals turned out to be fitting, considering the polarizing history they’ve gone on to share. Including his start last Tuesday, Kershaw is a lifetime 6-5 with a 2.99 ERA in 16 starts against St. Louis.
Also on this day in Dodgers history, Josh Beckett threw the lone no-hitter of his career in 2014.
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