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.
The Marlins game was understandably cancelled yesterday. The baseball schedule has always gone on in such situations, however, and the Marlins will host the Mets tonight in Miami.
As they do so, they will all be wearing number 16, Jose Fernandez’s number, in honor of their fallen teammate.
A nice gesture on what will certainly be an emotional night.
ESPN’s Keith Law reports the Twins have hired Derek Falvey as their new president of baseball operations.
Falvey has been the Indians assistant general manager for the past year after spending a decade with the organization. He’s only 33 and he’s analytically-inclined. Which, given that the Twins front office has been particularly young or analytically-inclined, should be a pretty major change of pace. It’s also worth noting that going from one year of experience as an assistant general manager all the way to president of baseball operations — who will presumably oversee a general manager of his own — is a big, big jump. Either the Twins have a LOAD of confidence in Falvey or else they were having serious issues finding more experienced candidates. Of course both of those things could be true.
The Twins’ longtime general manager, Terry Ryan, was fired in July. The club lost its 100th game yesterday, marking only the second time since the franchise moved to Minnesota that it has lost that many games.