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Kershaw Great For Eight As Dodgers Top Diamondbacks

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Clayton Kershaw was magnificent tonight.
Clayton Kershaw was magnificent tonight.

Before the game, on Think Blue TV, Eric Karros named Clayton Kershaw as both his 2010 Dodger pitcher of the year and MVP, and tonight Kershaw showed why, with a dominant performance in the Dodgers' 3-1 win over the Diamondbacks, in the opener of the three-game series in Phoenix.

For a while, it looked like Kershaw would get his second shutout in three starts. He was cruising through eight innings, allowing only two hits to Kelly Johnson, while striking out eight. Entering the 9th inning, up 3-0, Kershaw had thrown just 93 pitches. However, a single by Chris Young and a double by old friend Tony Abreu brought the hook, as well as the first run for Arizona.

After inducing a popup, Kenley Jansen allowed the tying run to reach base when he walked Stephen Drew. But then, Jansen reared back and did what Jansen does best: strike guys out. Jansen got Adam LaRoche swinging and pinch hitter Ryan Church looking to end the game. It was the second save of the season for Jansen.

All in all, it was a magnificent night of pitching, as the Dodgers won their second straight game by a 3-1 score.

Notes

  • Kershaw passed the 200 inning mark, making him the sixth LA Dodger to do so at age 22 or younger.
  • A.J. Ellis went 1-for-2 with two walks, and now has an on-base percentage of .690 (20-for-29) since August 22.
  • Reed Johnson hit his second home run of the season, and is hitting .313/.340/.479 against southpaws this year
  • John Lindsey is expected to start tomorrow at first base for the Dodgers, with Russ Mitchell likely starting in the outfield on Sunday, writes Ken Gurnick of MLB.com

Tomorrow a pair of 2009 Birmingham Barons face off as John Ely battles Dan Hudson.

WP - Clayton Kershaw (13-10):  8+ IP, 4 hits, 1 run, 9 strikeouts

LP - Barry Enright (6-6):  8 IP, 5 hits, 2 runs, 1 walk, 3 strikeouts

Sv - Kenley Jansen (2):  1 IP, 1 walk, 2 strikeouts

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