It may not have been a great start for Clayton Kershaw as he allowed 3 homers in 6 innings, but he survived it and came out with the win and passed Sandy Koufax on the all-time win list. The Dodger offense played a huge part in the game, giving him 16 runs of support, led by Cody Bellinger, who reached the 100 RBI mark for the season.
Although the win stat is an outdated stat and it is useless to measure a pitcher, it was still exciting to see Kershaw pass a Hall of Famer for the most wins by a left-hander in Dodger history.
Unlike his previous few starts, it wasn’t an easy win. Kershaw lasted 6 innings, allowing 6 hits, 3 earned runs, 3 walks, and striking out just 6. With all that traffic, he’s honestly fortunate that he only surrendered 3 runs.
Kershaw was introduced very quickly to the young Blue Jays star, Bo Bichette as it took just 2 pitches before the rookie demolished a 90 mph fastball for a leadoff homer. Bichette then homered again in the 6th inning.
“I didn’t earn it tonight. I wasn’t very good,” said Kershaw. “I felt really good in Miami [last week]. To come back here and feel really bad, it’s a humbling game. So back to the drawing board to get ready for the next one.”
Kershaw wasn’t the only Dodger reaching milestones as Bellinger reached both the 100 RBI and 100 runs mark on Tuesday night. Although he didn’t hit a homer, Bellinger hit a key 3-run double that blew the game open and all but secured the win.
“Definitely, the pants,” said Bellinger about the reason for his smile after being thrown out at third. “It was funny. Thankfully, I had sliders on. The belt didn’t break. My pants just fell down. I literally don’t know how.”
While Bellinger, or should I say his pants, stole the show, there were 5 Dodger hitters who homered in the blowout win. Off all of these none were bigger than Will Smith‘s go-ahead shot in the third inning.
Game 2 against the Blue Jays will feature Wilmer Font facing off against Walker Buehler. Font is 3-3 on the year with a 4.41 ERA and is generally just a 2-inning pitcher who will be used as an opener. Buehler is 10-3 with a 3.31 ERA and is looking to bounce back after a bad start against Miami. The game will begin at 7:10 pm.