It’s not often a pitcher carries an MLB team on the mound and in the batter’s box, but that’s exactly what happened on Opening Day. New Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw pitched a scoreless game through eight innings before hitting the first home run of his five-year career to give his team the win over the San Francisco Giants. The Dodgers went on to score four total runs in a 4-0 victory, but it was Kershaw who kept the defending champs scoreless and hit the go-ahead bomb to ensure the win.
Kershaw is definitely on the right track in 2013 after winning 14 games in 2012 while recording the best ERA of his career (2.53). Well, he’s 1-0 with seven strikeouts and a complete game victory already this season, so to say he’s off to a hot start is a drastic understatement. The fact he hit the home run on April Fools’ Day, which was also MLB Opening Day, makes the whole thing funny as well as impressive after several commentators and analysts joked that Kershaw might win both the MVP and Cy Young Award this season with a few more performances like this.
It was especially funny to Rant Sports’ Mike Rosin, who was a high school teammate of George Kontos, the pitcher off which Kershaw hit his first big-league home run. There’s definitely a reason that Opening Day is on or near April Fools’ Day each year.