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Clayton Kershaw puts stingy walk streak on the line in finale vs. Diamondbacks


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The Dodgers have a chance of finishing break even on their road trip and have a chance to win their series against the Diamondbacks with Clayton Kershaw on the mound against the Diamondbacks at Chase Field in Phoenix.

Kershaw has been insane with the control this season with just six walks to go with his 122 strikeouts. There are only 33 pitchers to have fewer walks as a starter this season than Kershaw, and 31 of those have mad only one or two starts. Only James Paxton (four walks in three starts) and Danny Duffy (five walks in six starts) have made it past two starts with fewer walks than Kershaw, who has 13 starts.

It was Sept. 19, 2015 at home against Pittsburgh when Kershaw last walked two batters in a start. Since then, he has made 16 starts, never walking more than one in any start. He has 151 strikeouts and eight walks in 118⅓ innings during that span.

That's the longest streak of starts by a Dodgers pitcher dating back to at least 1913. The second-longest is a 13-start stretch by Earl Yingling, from June 17 to Sept. 29, 1913.

Arizona is 22nd in MLB with a 7.7-percent walk rate. The MLB walk rate is 8.3 percent. Kershaw's walk rate is 1.7 percent.

Kershaw in his career is 4-7 with a 3.90 ERA at Chase Field, his fourth-highest ERA among the 25 major league parks in which he has pitched.

The Dodgers have a lot of the usual changes to their lineup with left-hander Patrick Corbin on the mound, with Chase Utley and Joc Pederson sitting. Pederson has started twice in now 15 games against a left-handed starter this season. Utley has not started against a left-hander all season.

Another lefty, Adrian Gonzalez, is in the lineup as expected, but outside of his normal third or fourth spot in the lineup. Gonzalez bats fifth on Wednesday, the first time he has done so since July 19, 2014 at St. Louis.

Arizona roster move

The Diamondbacks recalled left-handed pitcher Andrew Chafin from Triple-A Reno before the series finale. After Tuesday night's game, right-hander Zac Curtis was optioned to Double-A Mobile. Curtis allowed Utley's home run on Tuesday, and has allowed a run in all four June appearances, totaling six runs in just 13 batters faced, and allowed both inherited runners to score this month.

Game info

Time: 12:40 p.m. PT

TV: SportsNet LA