What could bring me out of my month and a half long writing slumber? A perfect game of course! On Friday night the Dodgers massacred the Angels 9-1 in Anaheim as Clayton Kershaw flirted with a perfect game. The Baby Boomers had Sandy Koufax, but we have Clayton Kershaw. It’s important to remember that Kershaw is not only a great pitcher, but also an amazing man. He builds orphanages in Africa for children. He donates hundreds of thousands of dollars to charity. He doesn’t get arrested. He doesn’t mouth off to management. You won’t find him at the bars, or clubs or strip clubs. He doesn’t get involved in scandals or say stupid things to the press. He’s a family man who dedicates his life to baseball, god and service. He is an incredible role-model for kids.
So to see Kershaw pitch a perfect game is not just great for the Dodgers, but it’s great for baseball. Kershaw carried a perfect game into the bottom of the eighth inning against the Angels in Anaheim before Luis Rengifo led off the frame with a double. Overall Kershaw tossed eight one-hit innings not walking anyone and striking out six. He improved his record to 7-2 and made a strong case to start the All-star game on Tuesday night at Dodger Stadium. Kershaw carved up the Angel’s lineup all night while the bats did the same to Halo starter Patrick Sandoval.
Standing ovation for Kersh. pic.twitter.com/HjCcfO0o5r
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) July 16, 2022
The Dodger bats notched 12 hits and went 6 for 15 with runners in scoring position. Will Smith went 4 for 4, while Justin Turner tallied three hits and drove in four. LADR whipping boy Hanser Alberto continued with the week of his life collecting a double and triple while driving in two runs. Meanwhile Kershaw who was hooked with a perfect game after seven back in April in Minnesota kept his pitch count very low to insure that didn’t happen again. Kershaw became the first pitcher in baseball history to carry a perfect game through seven in two different games in the same season. The Dodgers won 9-1 and now have a 9.5 game lead in the NL West. The boys in blue are 59-30 on the season with one game remaining before the All-star break.
Clayton Kershaw's Public Enemy #1 makes Shohei Ohtani take a knee. pic.twitter.com/9lXkTlmq4h
— Chad Moriyama (@ChadMoriyama) July 16, 2022
Wherever you are, tip your hat to Clayton Kershaw, one of the great legends of Baseball.