As hard as it is to believe, Monday was the first start of the year for Kershaw that he didn’t allow a run. The lefty held the Padres to just two hits and a walk to go with five strikeouts on 89 pitches.
In his last 13 starts against the Padres, Kershaw has allowed just 12 runs, with 118 strikeouts and 18 walks in 90 ⅔ innings (0.89 ERA). The Dodgers have won his last 13 starts when facing San Diego.
Padre starter Luis Perdomo didn’t fare so well against a team that has given him nightmares over the past three seasons. The right-hander allowed six runs on 10 hits and three walks over seven innings, making a season-high 110 pitches without striking out a single batter.
In six career starts against Los Angeles, Perdomo is now 1-5 with 34 runs allowed in 33 innings.
The Dodgers used three doubles and a single to jump on Perdomo for five in the fourth inning. With two aboard and nobody out, Yasmani Grandal doubled in a run to open the scoring. Chris Taylor followed with an RBI-single to bring Andrew Toles to the plate with two on and a chance to do some damage.
In his first game at the major league level since May 9 of 2017, Toles picked up where he left off, banging a double off the wall in left to bring home a pair of runs. The 26-year-old outfielder continues to be a good story.
Toles reached three times in four tries Monday, taking advantage of the opportunity presented to him with the injury to Yasiel Puig.
Justin Turner was one of four Dodgers with a multi-hit night, with three singles and two RBI. The Dodger third baseman is now 17-for-49 (.347) over his last 14 games (12 starts) dating back to June 24.
Wil Myers hit his seventh homer of the season in a two-run ninth for the Padres to ruin the shutout.
Another milestone for Kersh
After completing the second inning Monday, Kershaw became the 13th pitcher in Dodger history to reach 2,000 innings.
The lefty spoke to the media after the game about the milestone. “I should’ve done it sooner,” said Kershaw. “I just keep getting hurt. It’s cool, it is. Sounds like a lot of innings, hopefully I’ve got a few more left.”
Rich Hill (2-3, 4.56) will toe the rubber for the Dodgers against Eric Lauer (4-5, 4.84) in the second game of the series at Petco Park.
Home runs: Myers (7)
WP - Clayton Kershaw (3-4): 6 IP, 2 hits, 1 walk, 5 strikeouts
LP - Luis Perdomo (1-3): 7 IP, 10 hits, 6 runs, 3 walks