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: