Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw dazzled again in Saturday afternoon’s start against the Angels. The lefty tossed eight scoreless innings, limiting the Halos to two hits and a walk while striking out seven. The outing bumps his consecutive scoreless innings streak up to 37. Kenley Jansen allowed a run in the ninth inning, but held on for the save in a 3-1 victory.
Kershaw’s teammate Zack Greinke recently had his consecutive scoreless innings streak snapped by the Mets at 45 2/3. Former Dodgers pitcher Orel Hershiser holds the all-time record, tossing 59 consecutive scorelesss innings in 1988.
Kershaw last allowed a run on July 3 in the fourth inning against the Mets. He held them scoreless for three more innings before departing. He then tossed a shutout against the Phillies, held the Nationals scoreless over eight innings, and threw another shutout against the Mets ahead of Saturday’s start against the Angels. As Jason Lukehart of LetsGoTribe.com points out, the last pitcher to post four consecutive starts of eight or more scoreless innings was Hershiser in ’88 during his record-setting streak.
Greinke is the clear frontrunner on the NL Cy Young Award race with two months remaining. But Kershaw has covered some serious distance, now standing with a 2.37 ERA, a 0.91 WHIP, and a 192/28 K/BB ratio over 148 innings.
LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles Dodgers reliever Joe Kelly had his suspension for throwing pitches near the heads of Houston hitters reduced to five games on appeal.
Kelly was originally penalized eight games by Major League Baseball on July 29, a day after throwing a 96 mph fastball near the head of Houston’s Alex Bregman and two curveballs that brushed back Carlos Correa.
The players association said Wednesday night it was dismayed by the length of the ban.
“While we understand the concerns raised by the league with respect to a bench-clearing incident during this challenging season, we’re disappointed by the decision,” the union said. “It was an unfair result for Joe Kelly given the cases presented.”
The Dodgers on Wednesday confirmed the reduced penalty that was first reported by Barstool Sports.
Kelly went on the 10-day injured list retroactive to last Sunday with right shoulder inflammation. He will serve his suspension when he returns.
After striking out Corea, Kelly curled his lip into a pouting expression and exchanged words with the shortstop.
Benches cleared after Kelly’s actions during the sixth inning of Los Angeles’ 5-2 win at Houston in the teams’ first meeting since it was revealed the Astros stole signs en route to a 2017 World Series title over the Dodgers.
Dodgers manager Dave Roberts served his one-game suspension the same day the penalty was handed down. Astros manager Dusty Baker was fined an undisclosed amount.
Kelly denied that he purposely threw at the Astros. He has previously been suspended in his career for throwing at a batter.
The penalties were imposed by former pitcher Chris Young, MLB’s senior vice president of baseball operations, who issued his first ruling since taking over the job from Joe Torre.