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Clayton Kershaw dominates as Dodgers take first game of doubleheader

Vintage Kershaw

Los Angeles Dodgers v San Francisco Giants - Game One Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

Clayton Kershaw looked like his vintage self on Thursday afternoon, as he threw six scoreless innings in LA’s 7-0 victory over the Giants.

For the game, Kershaw threw six scoreless innings, striking out four and issuing no walks. This couldn’t come as any surprise, as he’s dominated the Giants over the course of his entire career. However, today the Giants just had no chance against him.

San Francisco managed only four hits against him, and only had a runner in scoring position once. Donovan Solano led the second inning of with a double, but was stranded at third base as the Giants failed to bring him in. They put a runner on second base in the third as well, but Kershaw managed to escape the inning untouched.

Over the final four innings, the Giants were 1-for-13.

Kershaw is now 4-1 on the season with a 1.80 ERA. Don’t look now, but he’s making a mid-season case for yet another Cy Young Award.

All Kershaw needed on Thursday afternoon was one run of support. Instead, the Dodgers gave him seven runs. With the exception of Justin Turner, everyone in the starting lineup reached base.

LA got on the board in the first inning as a groundout from Cody Bellinger brought in the run. The Giants trailed for nearly the entire game. The offense would go quiet until the fourth inning, where they put four runs on the board. Overall, everyone was contributing that inning. AJ Pollock walked, Chris Taylor and Joc Pederson reached with singles and Austin Barnes doubled to bring two in.

Barnes came in to score on a single from Corey Seager, giving LA the 5-0 lead. They’d put two more runs on the board in the seventh inning as AJ Pollock crushed his sixth homer of the season with a two-run shot.

Oh, and congrats to Mookie Betts for recording the 1,000th hit of his career!

Thursday particulars

WP: Clayton Kershaw (4-1) 6 IP, 0 ER, 4 SO, 0 BB

LP: Logan Webb (2-3) 3 23 IP, 5 ER, 4 SO

Home runs: AJ Pollock (6)

Box score

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You don’t have to wait long for the next Dodgers game, as they are playing in about 30-45 minutes. They still haven’t announced their starter yet.