Kershaw achieves 2,500th career Clayton Kershaw gets Nick Ahmed to indicate at a looping curveball in the third inning to record his 2,500th career strikeout. On Thursday night at Dodger Stadium Clayton Kershaw achieves 2,500 career strikeouts in the Los Angeles Dodgers’ 5-1 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks, a significant milestone that puts him in the company of some of the game’s greatest pitchers. Clayton Kershaw achieves 2,500 career strikeouts in the Los Angeles Dodgers’ 5-1 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Thursday night at Dodger Stadium, a significant milestone that places him in the company of some of the game’s best-known pitchers.
He did so while in the middle of Reinstating his Previous Dominance
Kershaw continued a no-hitter into the sixth inning and eventually allowed only three base runners in yet another skillful outing this season, dipping his ERA to 1.50 after six scoreless innings. Since Kevin Brown in 2001, the ERA is the third-lowest in the majors, the lowest of Kershaw’s career through his first six starts and the lowest by a Dodgers pitcher through six starts.
crossing Christy Mathewson (2,502) for 38th place
Kershaw, 32, continued a thriving starting pitcher over the last three years but was significantly trending downhill with a slower fastball that was often obscure from his slider and left him more susceptible to home runs. Kershaw’s fastball is consistently up over 90 mph, and both his slider and curveball look sharp, prompting 41 strikeouts and only six walks in 36 innings, this year. Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said “The No. 1 thing is he’s healthy,” referring to the issues that plagued Kershaw in recent years. “Clayton’s done a great job of trying to get back and working hard, diligently, every single day, the training staff. But I think that’s No. 1. For him to be healthy and not have to guard or protect against his body, his back, or whatever, I think it just allows him to have that freedom to execute pitches.”
Kershaw is the third-youngest pitcher to reach the milestone
Kershaw is the third-youngest pitcher to reach the milestone, at the age of 32 years, 168 days old behind Hall of Famers Nolan Ryan (31 years, 101 days), and Walter Johnson (31 years, 197 days). Kershaw is the second pitcher in Dodgers’ history to reach the height, joined Don Sutton, and the 11th southpaw all time to get there. He’s the only left-hander to reach 2,500 strikeouts with a sub-3.00 ERA – he entered the game with a 2.43 career ERA. Kershaw said “It’s obviously a huge honor and thankful that I’ve been able to be here long enough to do it,” he added “Hopefully I can keep going.”