Los Angeles, CA – (WKZO) After struggling through the beginning of June, Clayton Kershaw has finally found his stride. Kershaw pitched his 2nd shutout of the season, as the Los Angeles Dodgers took the first game of a 3 game series, 4-0.
Clayton Kershaw reached double figures in strike outs for the 3rd time in 2011, tying his season high of 11.
The Tigers bats, which exploded for 9 runs and 13 hits Sunday against the Rockies, were held scoreless for the 3rd time this season. Kershaw didn’t allow a hit after the 4th inning and recorded 13 outs in a row to end the game.
Juan Urbina got the scoring going for the Dodgers, hitting a solo shot to centerfield in the 2nd inning, his 4th dinger of the season.
Tigers’ starter Brad Penny, a former Dodger, allowed back to back doubles in the 6th inning to James Loney and Dioner Navarro, upping the Dodgers lead to 2-0.
In the 8th, the Dodgers added 2 more runs. After a walk, single, an error, and an intentional walk loaded the bases, Kershaw helped his own cause, ripping a single to center, scoring 2 runs, bringing the Dodgers run total to 4.
Kershaw closed out the 9th inning by striking out all 3 Tigers batters, improving his record to 7-3. With the loss, Penny dropped to below .500 at 5-6.
The Tigers return to action Tuesday Night as they look to take game 2 in Los Angeles. Coverage begins at 9:40pm on WKZO 590AM. Max Scherzer aims for his 10th win, as he takes the mound for Detroit.