On the anniversary of Clayton Kershaw’s no-hitter and his bobblehead night, he provided the Dodgers with everything the Dodgers could ask of him. Except, of course, another no-hitter. He went out and tossed seven scoreless innings to lead the Dodgers to a 9-0 win.
This start was very much in-character for Kershaw, who has now tossed at least six innings in each of his 12 starts this season. The cherry on top of this start was doing what he always does best — dominate against the Giants. In his career against San Francisco, he boasts a 1.68 ERA with 343 strikeouts.
This win was all hands on deck, with the offense and bullpen pulling their weight to preserve the lead Kershaw pioneered.
Contributions from six different Dodgers players aided in the nine-run lead.
Joc Pederson busted the game open in the first inning with a leadoff home run. After a couple more runs scored, it was time for Kiké Hernández to break out of his slump against right-handed pitchers. He hit a grand slam against Giants reliever Trevor Gott to complete the six-run inning. It was the second in his career.
Dylan Floro and Joe Kelly both redeemed themselves from their last outing, each pitching a scoreless inning behind Kershaw’s dominant start.
WP: Clayton Kershaw (7-1), 7.0 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 6 K
LP: Shaun Anderson (2-2), 5 2⁄3 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 2 K
Home runs: Enrique Hernandez, Joc Pederson
The Dodgers will send Rich Hill to the mound to face Drew Pomeranz. They seek to be the first MLB team to reach 50 wins this season. First pitch is scheduled for 7:10 pm PDT.