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Dodgers Clayton Kershaw Dominant In 17th Win

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kershawClayton Kershaw turned in another brilliant 80 effort in winning his 17th game of the year this time 4-1 over the Washington Nationals at Dodger Stadium. The victory maintained the Dodgers’ two-game lead over the core-of-the-sun-hot San Francisco Giants in the National League West. The Giants have won seven of their last eight.

Kenley Jansen threw a scoreless ninth to pick up his 39th save (in 43 opportunities). He’s made good on 19 of his last 20 save opportunities. He struck out the side in the ninth.
Kershaw completed six shutout innings before allowing a solo home run to Bryce Harper in the seventh.

The Nationals had come into the game red-hot offensively with 14 home runs in their last four games. With his eight strikeouts Kershaw went over 200 strikeouts in a season for the fifth consecutive season.

He joins Sandy Koufax, Don Drysdale and Don Sutton as the only members of the Dodgers to have accomplished that feat in their careers.

Kershaw is almost an automatic Cy Young award winner again this year, but should also be a leading candidate for National League MVP.

Los Angeles Dodgers manager Don Mattingly concurs.

“He spoils us for sure,” Mattingly said of Kershaw, who is 14-1 in his last 17 starts. “It’s good that people who don’t get to see him every day talk about him so the whole rest of the country can hear about him and see him.

“We see it all the time. He’s just been so valuable for us.”

 

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