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Dodgers Clayton Kershaw’s Streak Broken

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clayon kershawOn Saturday night the Milwaukee Brewers accomplished something the hasn’t been done in just over 2 and a half months, and that is hang a loss on the record of Los Angeles Dodgers Clayton Kershaw.

Kershaw, who is the major league leader in ERA, had not lost a game since May 28th against the Cincinnati Reds. Kershaw pitched a complete game, striking out 11, giving up 5 hits, and allowing no walks, but allowed 3 runs, not a bad performance by any standard, but the other pitcher took this one from Kershaw.

The Brewers pitcher Yovani Gallardo, pitched a gem of a game, going 8 innings throwing 96 pitches, while only allowing a single run to cross the plate on his watch. Gallardo did give up 6 hits, and only struck out 3, but he did what Kershaw could not on Saturday, and that was keep the ball in the park.

”Yo was just outstanding,” said Brewers manager Ron Roenicke. ”He had great command and an outstanding fastball. He pitched off the fastball the whole game, mixing in his slider and curveball. He really dominated. That’s a good club, so you can’t mess around and make mistakes against them.”

Kershaw, a 2 time Cy Young winner and 3 time defending major league ERA champion had a 1.16 ERA in his 13 starts since his last loss, proving once again that he is one of baseball’s truly elite pitchers.

”He’s the best pitcher in baseball and he’s been on an incredibly great run,” said Brewers slugger Ryan Braun. ”It’s extremely difficult to beat him, and it hasn’t happened much this year. So for us to do that is an impressive accomplishment and something we’re proud of.”

Though this performance didn’t go the way Kershaw would have wanted it to go, he is still well on his way to what I believe will be his 3rd Cy Young award as the Dodgers continue to push towards the playoffs.

 

 

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