Clayton Kershaw took a hard line drive off his hip in the first inning of Tuesday’s game against the Mariners, but said he didn’t think it would cause him any problems. Kershaw stayed in the game and proceeded to strike out six batters in 5 1/3 innings.
Until the sixth inning, when he allowed a triple first baseman Chris Woodward and an RBI single to Endy Chavez, he had given up just one infield single.
“The bite on my curveball was what I was looking for,” he said. “I wasn’t locating it as well, but it had the bite I was looking for.”
Kershaw has put up back-to-back solid outings, striking out nine in 10 1/3 innings while giving up four hits and one run.