Clayton Kershaw 2nd fastest Dodger to 1,000 strikeouts

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Kershaw on Wednesday night at Dodger Stadium became the 18th pitcher in Dodgers franchise history with 1,000 strikeouts.

Clayton Kershaw struck out Yonder Alonso of the Padres in the second inning on Wednesday night, his first strikeout of the night and the 1,000th strikeout of his career. Kershaw is the second fastest Dodger by both age and innings pitched to reach 1,000 strikeouts, and he is the 18th pitcher ever to join the four-digit club with the Dodgers.

At 25 years, 29 days old on Wednesday, Kershaw is younger than all but Fernando Valenzuela when recording his 1,000th strikeout. Valenzuela was 24 years, 303 days old when he accomplished the feat in 1985, per Elias.

Kershaw's 969 innings pitched at the time of his 1,000th strikeout is second to only Hideo Nomo in Dodgers history.

Fastest Dodgers to 1,000 strikeouts
Pitcher Years Strikeouts Innings w/1,000 K
Hideo Nomo 1995-98, 2002-04 1,200 953⅓
Clayton Kershaw 2008-present 1,000 969
Sandy Koufax 1955-1966 2,396 989⅔
Chan Ho Park 1994-2001, 2008 1,177 1,065
Chad Billingsley 2006-present 1,034 1,115
Fernando Valenzuela 1980-1990 1,759 1,235⅓
Don Sutton 1966-80. 88 2,696 1,283
Don Drysdale 1956-1969 2,486 1,308⅓
Dazzy Vance 1922-1935 1,918 1,334⅔*
Ramon Martinez 1988-1998 1,314 1,368⅓
Bob Welch 1978-1987 1,292 1,436⅓
Orel Hershiser 1983-1994, 2000 1,456 1,448⅓
Johnny Podres 1953-1966 1,331 1,507⅓
Van Lingle Mungo 1922-1935 1,031 1,667⅓*
Burt Hooton 1975-1984 1,042 1,786⅔
Claude Osteen 1965-1973 1,162 1,976
Nap Rucker 1907-1916 1,217 unknown (over 1,800)
Adonis Terry 1884-1891 1,200 unknown (over 1,800)
*Game logs unavailable; IP after game w/1,000th K
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