Clayton Kershaw has had a season for the history books for the Los Angeles Dodgers and it couldn’t have come to a more fitting close. Kershaw was on the mound last night to face their rivals, the San Francisco Giants, with a playoff berth on the line. The result could be considered his best all-around performance to date in a 9-1 beat down.
Anytime Kershaw is on the mound, the focus tends to be on his pitching, which was good last night, but not great. He allowed one run on eight hits over eight innings of work, somehow finding a way to get out of some tight spots several times.
On one play in the third inning, Kershaw made a highlight reel play with his glove, taking a quick spin on the mound to nab Tim Hudson’s comeback hit behind his back to save a run from scoring.
Kershaw’s clutch performance on the mound wasn’t the only contribution to the Dodgers win. In the fifth inning, he belted a triple to right center, tying the game. Dodgers Stadium was in a frenzy, as the crowd chanted MVP as Kershaw stood on third base. This proved to be the turning point of the game.
The win put Kershaw at a career high 21 wins for the season as the Dodgers claimed their second straight division title. “Awesome, competitor, leader,” second basemen Dee Gordon said of Kershaw’s performance.
The Dodgers will play the San Diego Padres in the National League Division Series beginning October 3rd.