Clayton Kershaw conceded his first run for a month last night – ending a marathon blank of 41 innings which contained four shutouts, including a no-hitter against MLB offensive giants Colorado Rockies.
The complete game at Dodger Stadium against the Rockies on June 18 saw the beginning of his incredible stretch and the statistics complied during his feat make it even more impressive.
Over the past month, Kershaw was near enough unplayable.
Kershaw’s achievement will always be remembered by Dodgers fans and his efforts have helped the club to the top of the National League West division with a 52-42 season record.
But Kershaw’s scoreless run of 41 wasn’t enough to make MLB history.
That record still belongs Orel Hershiser’s streak of 59 innings set in 1988. Despite Kershaw’s efforts, he was over two regulation complete games behind Hershiser and many believe Hershiser’s record is one which may never be broken.
The 26-year-old’s streak was the third-longest in Dodger history, behind Hershiser (59) and Don Drysdale (58).
All is not lost...
But if there is one man that could overtake the pair, Kershaw is that guy.
Unfortunately for the pitcher, he will have to start all over again on three scoreless innings after San Diego Padres's Chase Headley smashed a homer in the sixth.
Unsurprisingly, Kershaw holds the best figures in either division in the majors and has won two of the last three National League Cy Youngs awards, while finishing second in the other season.
The man has been prolific of late, tossing his best ever stuff and has struck out more than double the number of batters that have sneaked on base.
The Dodgers will be thanking their stars they got hold of Kershaw in the 2006 MLB Draft with the seventh overall pick in the draft.
After honing his skills in the minors, the pitcher began to make headlines in 2011. Arguably, that year is about to be overtaken by 2014 as his most successful season.
Three years ago he was the top National League pitcher in every column, sweeping the strikeout, ERA and wins championships. Kershaw is repeating the feat again with his side on top of the NL West division while in 2011 the Dodgers finished in a mediocre third place.
The Texan has been named part of the All-Stars for the fourth consecutive year and will be the spearhead of the National League pitching bullpen. On his current form, the American League batters will be terrified of facing him. Quite rightly.
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