Clayton Kershaw pitched a two-hitter and struck out 10 Sunday in the Dodgers’ 8-0 defeat of the Marlins.
It was his second career shutout and complete game, the other coming last Sept. 14 against the Giants.
Manager Don Mattingly decided it was fine to let Kershaw throw 116 pitches even though the game wasn’t in doubt. The Dodgers scored eight times off Ricky Nolasco, handing him his first loss of the season. The 15 hits given up by Nolasco set a new franchise record for the Marlins.
Rafael Furcal went 3-for-5 and hit his first homer for the Dodgers. Jay Gibbons also had three hits, The Dodgers had 17 hits in all, 14 of them singles. Kershaw had two of them himself, knocked in a run and scored twice.
Kershaw is now batting .240 this season, while the league is hitting .218 against him. He fanned 10 for the second time this season and the 10th time in his career. He’s 6-3 with a 2.62 ERA.
Free agent reliever Bryan Shaw has received two multiyear offers, Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports. The teams in question have not been revealed, but the demand for Shaw is expected to be high as he comes off of a career-best season.
The 30-year-old right-hander went 4-6 in 79 appearances for the Indians, drawing a 3.52 ERA, 2.6 BB/9 and 8.6 SO/9 in 76 2/3 innings. He ranked 12th among qualified relievers with 1.6 fWAR, his highest mark to date, and proved instrumental in helping the club reach their second consecutive division title in 2017.
The Mets are the last known team to show interest in Shaw, as the New York Post’s Mike Puma reported Wednesday. Nothing has been officially confirmed by the club yet, naturally, but they could still use a couple of arms to round out the bullpen behind Jerry Blevins, AJ Ramos and Jeurys Familia and it’s worth noting that the right-hander has already worked closely with Mets’ skipper and former Indians’ pitching coach Mickey Callaway. While Shaw’s proven consistency and durability should appeal to a wide variety of teams, he’s due for a big payday after making just $4.6 million in his last year with the Indians.