Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw lost a perfect game in the fifth inning of Wednesday’s game against the Washington Nationals when Michael Taylor hit a line drive off the center field fence for a double.
Kershaw retired 16 straight batters to begin the game.
In eight major league seasons Kershaw has thrown one no-hitter, last June against the Colorado Rockies.
In the second inning, Kershaw struck out the side to reach 200 strikeouts for the season. Only Sandy Koufax (6) and Don Drysdale (6) have as many seasons with 200-plus strikeouts in franchise history, while Koufax (1961-66) and Tom Seaver (9, 1968-76) are the only pitchers in modern National League history (since 1900) to previously accomplish the feat in six or more consecutive seasons.
Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig drove in all five runs in the Dodgers’ 5-0 win over the Washington Nationals on Tuesday. (Sarah Reingewirtz/Staff photographer)
The Dodgers’ 5-0 win over the Washington Nationals was their 16th shutout of the season (tops in MLB) and it conjured up some forgotten memories for Yasiel Puig. The box score is here.
All 15 home teams won Tuesday, so the ending to the Dodgers’ 4-game losing streak shouldn’t have been a surprise at all.
Prior to the game, the Dodgers placed Joel Peralta on the 15-day disabled list — a surprise considering Peralta’s optimism just four days ago.
Postscript: Bryce Harper (who did not play Tuesday) told reporters that he injured his left knee diving to catch a fly ball hit by Scott Van Slyke in the eighth inning of Monday’s game; Washington Nationals manager Matt Williams had said earlier in the day that the injury occurred in the third inning when Harper tried to catch (and missed) a line drive off Jose Peraza‘s bat.
The Dodgers shuffled their beleaguered bullpen Tuesday, placing right-hander Joel Peralta on the 15-day disabled list with a right neck sprain. He talked about the injury prior to tonight’s game against the Washington Nationals:
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Zack Greinke extended his streak of consecutive scoreless innings pitched to 43 ⅔ on Sunday against the Nationals. Greinke threw a season-high 119 pitches over eight shutout innings and didn’t allow a runner past first base. He struck out 11, also a season high, allowed three singles and walked one batter.
Orel Hershiser holds the all-time record of 59 consecutive scoreless innings, set with the Dodgers in 1988. He broke the record of 58 set in 1968 by former Dodgers pitcher Don Drysdale. Clayton Kershaw was next up in the franchise record book, with 41 consecutive scoreless innings pitched last summer, until Greinke overtook him today.
Since the major leagues expanded 1961, only three pitchers — Hershiser, Drysdale and Bob Gibson in 1968 — have thrown more consecutive scoreless innings than Greinke.
Prior to Sunday, Brandon Webb‘s 42-inning streak in 2007 was the longest since Hershiser’s.
The Dodgers are leading the Nationals 1-0 in the ninth inning.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Three singles and an error separated Clayton Kershaw from pitching a perfect eight innings Saturday. Kershaw was already an All-Star and had already pitched 24 ⅔ scoreless innings coming into the game. So what was this? Just a well-rounded 4-2 win after the Dodgers lost a game earlier in the day. The box score is here.
Brandon Beachy‘s next start is Monday in Atlanta and he’s donwplaying that like a veteran.