Clayton Kershaw picked up his 20th win of the season this afternoon, reaching that (once-) magic number for the second time in his career and first time since he went 21-5 in 2011.
He wasn’t sharp against the Cubs, allowing three runs while lasting only five innings, but the Dodgers staked him to a 6-0 lead before he even took the mound and scored a total of 14 runs.
Despite spending all of April on the disabled list Kershaw is MLB’s first 20-game winner this season and his ERA now stands at 1.80. His strikeout-to-walk ratio is 218-to-31 in 190.1 innings.
Los Angeles is 22-4 with Kershaw on the mound this season and the Dodgers are now three full games ahead of the Giants in the NL West, pending tonight’s action.
Minnesota’s Josh Donaldson managed to get ejected while hitting a home run.
Donaldson barked at plate umpire Dan Bellino for the second time in the sixth inning of a 4-3 loss to the Chicago White Sox on Thursday.
With the score 2-2, Bellino called a strike when the 2015 AL MVP checked his swing on a 2-0 pitch from Reynaldo Lopez.
Manager Rocco Baldelli came out to speak with Bellino, and Donaldson homered down the left-field line on the next offering. After rounding the bases, Donaldson kicked dirt at home plate as he crossed it.
Bellino ejected him immediately, and Donaldson, realizing he had missed home plate, returned to the plate to touch it and then argued as he kicked more dirt on it.
Donaldson also had argued with Bellino on a 1-1 breaking ball in the first inning that appeared to be high but was called a strike, leading to a strikeout.
“We need Josh on the field, out there playing, and at third base,” Baldelli said. “That’s when we’re at our best. And so that’s really the end of it. I think we can move past it at his point, and go from here.”