Clayton Kershaw Makes History in Opening Day Outing for Los Angeles Dodgers

By Phil Naegely

Clayton Kershaw took the mound for the Los Angeles Dodgers on Opening Day against the San Francisco Giants and was already in mid-season form. He pitched a complete-game shutout striking out seven and walking zero. If that was not a good enough day for Kershaw, he also hit a homerun. It was his first career homerun. With the victory, Kershaw is now 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA in three Opening Day starts.

Kershaw accomplished two things today that only one pitcher has done previously on Opening Day. According to ESPN Stats & Info, Kershaw is only the second pitch on Opening Day to pitch a walk-free shutout, and to hit a homerun and pitch a shutout on Opening Day.

Kershaw was in the zone today pitching wise, and also drove in the Dodgers’ first run of the game. I doubt Kershaw will keep hitting home runs this season, but I think his dominant pitching performance from today will stick around. If his pitching stays solid and dominates the opposing team’s batters, the Dodgers are well on their way to having a successful 2013 season. Kershaw probably won’t throw a complete game shutout every game, but it wouldn’t surprise me if Kershaw pitched seven or eight innings in most games he pitches in.

Phil Naegely is a Soccer writer for He also writes about College Basketball, MLBNASCAR, and NBA news. Like him on Facebook, follow him on Twitter @afriendofgod512 and add him to your circles on Google.

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