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|
|Chan Ho Park||1994-2001, 2008||1,177||1,065|
|Don Sutton||1966-80. 88||2,696||1,283|
|Orel Hershiser||1983-1994, 2000||1,456||1,448⅓|
|Van Lingle Mungo||1922-1935||1,031||1,667⅓*|
|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|