Clayton Kershaw #22
Spent his 14th Major League season in Dodger Blue, posting a 10-8 record across 22 starts with a 3.55 ERA (48 ER/121.2 IP)…struck out 144 batters against just 21 walks... Limited the opposition to a .224 average and produced a 1.02 WHIP…recorded a 10.65 strikeout-per-nine mark, his highest since the 2017 season... Notched 11 quality starts, with his longest outing June 27 against the Chicago Cubs, pitching 8.0 solid innings, giving up just one earned run (homer) on four hits with just one walk and 13 strikeouts... Struck out six or more batters in 12 of his 20 appearances…also kept opponents to one or fewer runs in ten of his 20 starts... Registered a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage for the third straight year and sixth of his career, not committing an error over 121.2 innings in 2021... Tallied eight hits at the plate, going 8-for-36 for a .222 average and three RBI, his highest since the 2018 season… went 2-for-3 in his season opener at Colorado on April 1 and again went 2-for-3 on June 11 against Texas... Did not pitch from July 4-Sept. 12 while on the Injured List with left forearm inflammation…made one rehab appearance with Triple-A Oklahoma City, tossing 3.0 innings in his start, allowing two earned runs on four hits with three strikeouts Had his best month in April, going 4-2 with a 2.09 ERA across six starts, keeping hitters to a .210 average…kept left-handed hitters to a .178 average and right-handed hitters to a .242 average…when ahead in the count, the southpaw limited the opposition to a .157 average, which ended in 80 strikeouts…pitched 5.0 innings or more in his 20 starts, with 14 of those 6.0 innings or more…struck out 83 batters during home games and 61 batters while on the road, while striking out 48 batters with zero outs, 45 batters with one out, and 51 batters with two outs… struck out 11 batters on May 14 against Miami, earning the win as he allowed five earned runs to score on six hits across 6.0 innings.
Produced a 6-2 record over 10 starts with a 2.16 ERA (14 ER/58.1 IP), striking out 62 batters and walking just eight as he limited opposing batters to a .194 (41-for-211) average...Led the Dodgers’ pitching staff in wins (six), innings (58.1), quality starts (6) and strikeouts (62)... ranked among the NL leaders (min. 55 IP) in wins (6, T-4th), ERA (2.16, 5th), opponents’ batting average (.194, 5th) and WHIP (0.84, 2nd)...Recorded four straight wins from Aug. 14 to Sept. 3, compiling a 0.69 ERA (2 ER/26.0 IP) with 29 strikeouts...gave up just ten hits and five walks while limiting hitters to a .115/.172/.218 slashline during that span...With his 11 strikeouts against Seattle on Aug. 20, the southpaw passed Don Drysdale on the Dodgers’ all-time strikeout list, moving him into second place behind Don Sutton who leads with 2,696 punchouts...Kershaw’s 2,526 career punchouts places him 36th on the all-time strikeouts list (next: Bartolo Colon, 2,535)...Was stellar in the postseason, compiling a 4-1 record over five games (three quality starts)...garnered a 2.93 ERA (10 ER/30.2 IP) with 37 strikeouts and a .211 opponents’ average (23-for-109), leading to a 0.91 WHIP and 10.86 strikeout-per-nine mark…won both of his World Series starts...Improved his postseason career strikeout mark to 207, passing Justin Verlander (205 Ks), to become the Major League leader in career postseason punchouts...Five of his six wins came away from Dodger Stadium (8/2 at ARI, 8/14 at L A A, 8/20 at SEA, 8/27 at SF, 9/19 at COL)...in those five wins, the lefty limited the opposition to a .163/.189/.275 slashline and struck out 45 of the 159 batters he faced... is one of three Dodgers to record 13+ strikeouts in a playoff game, alongside Sandy Koufax (15, 10/2/1963 vs. NYY) and Carl Erskine (14, 10/2/1953 vs. NYY)...was slated to make his ninth-career Opening Day start, but started the campaign on the Injured List after coming up with a stiff back after working out two days before Opening Day.
In his 12th Major League season, went 16-5 with a 3.03 ERA (60 ER/178.1 IP) and a 1.04 WHIP in 29 games (28 starts)… the Dodgers went 22-7 in his starts…recorded 22 quality starts ... Ranked among NL leaders in ERA (7th), wins (T-3rd), winning percentage (.762, 3rd), quality starts (T-3rd), opponents' batting average (.222, 8th), opponents' OBP (.269, 6th), WHIP (7th), walks per 9.0 innings (2.07, 10th) and strikeout-to-walk ratio (4.61, 8th) ... On Aug. 1, he passed Sandy Koufax with the 2,397th strikeout of his career to become the Dodgers' all-time strikeout leader as a left-handed pitcher. Kershaw finished the season with 2,464 career strikeouts and sits in third place on the overall franchise list behind Don Sutton (2,696) and Don Drysdale (2,486) ... On August 14, he tossed 7.0 scoreless innings with 10 strikeouts and no walks against the Marlins, recording his 8th career start with 10+ strikeouts and zero walks or runs allowed…tied Pedro Martinez and Chris Sale for second most in the live-ball era, trailing only Randy Johnson (11) (source: STATS) ... Posted a 10-2 record and a 2.89 ERA (33 ER/102.2 IP) in 16 starts at Dodger Stadium and a 6-3 record with a 3.21 ERA (27 ER/75.2 IP) in 13 road games (12 starts)...recorded 6.0 IP or more in 26 of his 28 starts, including his first 23 starts of the year which matched the longest run of his career in 2015… finished the season tied for most starts of at least 6.0 innings among National League hurlers (also Stephen Strasburg)...the Dodgers were victorious in each of Clayton Kershaw's first nine starts of the season, extending the win streak to 17 overall dating back to August 19, 2018… became the only pitcher since 1920 with three separate streaks of 13+ in his career, also reaching the feat in 2014 (13) and 2017 (16) (source: STATS)...held the opposition to a .222 batting average, limiting lefties to a .208 average and right handers to a .225 mark...had success at the plate, leading the Major Leagues with 15 sacrifice hits while also recording five hits including a double and an RBI...took the loss in Game 2 of the NLDS against Washington, allowing three earned runs on six hits in 6.0 innings of work… made a relief appearance in Game 5 of the NLDS, allowing two earned runs on two solo home runs while striking out a batter...started the season on the 10-Day IL with left shoulder inflammation and was activated on April 15, prior to his start against Cincinnati.
Finished the regular season ranking among NL pitchers (min. 25 starts) in ERA (2.73, 4th), strikeout-to-walk ratio (5.34, 3rd), WHIP (1.04, 4th), opponents' on-base percentage (.264, 4th), opponents' OPS (.630, 8th) and opponents' batting average (.227, 11th) ... Was the Dodgers' Opening Day starter for the eighth consecutive year, tied with Don Drysdale for the most in franchise history, but took the loss after allowing one run in 6.0 innings on March 29 vs. SF ... In 13 second half starts, he went 6-1 with a 2.73 ERA (26 ER/85.2 IP), striking out 77 batters against 12 walks, while posting a 1.00 WHIP and holding batters to a .227/.255/.365 slash line…since the All-Star break he ranked among NL pitchers (min. 75.0 IP) in fewest walks per nine innings (1.26, 2nd), strikeout to walk ratio (6.42, 5th), opponents' OBP (.255, 6th), innings pitched (85.2, 7th), WHIP (1.00, 8th), opponents' OPS (.620, 9th) and ERA (2.73, 10th) ... Held hitters to a .227 average, including a .223 mark against right-handed hitters… limited hitters to a .220 average with runners in scoring position ... Reached 2,000 career innings against the San Diego Padres on July 9, becoming just the 13th Dodger in franchise history to reach that mark and the 11th active pitcher in the league to toss 2000.0 or more innings ... Went 2-3 with a 4.20 ERA (14 ER/30.0 IP) in six postseason games for the Dodgers, while holding batters to a .229/.280/.367 slash line and posting a 1.07 WHIP…earned the win against the Brewers in Game 5 of the NLCS reaching nine career postseason wins, the most in Dodger history ... Had two DL stints: May 6-31 (left biceps tendinitis) and June 1-23 (low back strain).
Despite being limited to just 27 starts, he finished the season leading the National League in wins (18, T-1st ML), ERA (2.31, 2nd ML), strikeout-to-walk ratio (6.73, 3rd ML) and opponents' OBP (.246, 2nd ML)...also ranked among the best in the senior circuit in winning percentage (.818, 2nd), WHIP (0.95, 2nd), opponents' OPS (.604, 3rd), opponents' SLG (.357, 5th), strikeout per nine innings (10.39, 5th) and strikeouts (202, 8th)...finished second in the National League Cy Young voting...Held the opposition to a .212 average, which ranked fourth in the NL, including a .203 mark against right-handed hitters (5th, NL)...limited hitters to a .167 average with runners in scoring position, which ranked second best in the big leagues (min. 100 BFP), trailing just Chicago's Kyle Hendricks (.154)...Selected to his seventh consecutive All-Star team (2011-17), making him the first Dodger to be named to seven straight All-Star Games since Steve Garvey who made eight consecutive appearances in the Midsummer Classic...did not participate in the All-Star game...Recorded a 12-game winning streak from May 6-Sept. 1, which was the longest winning streak in the big leagues... during that span he posted a 1.70 ERA (20 ER/106.0 IP) and limited batters to a .185 average, while punching out 131 batters against just 21 walks...won eight consecutive games from June 7-July 18 during that stretch, which matched his career-high (also: June 2-July 10, 2014)...According to Stats LLC., became just the fourth Dodger pitcher since 1913 to win at least 16 of his first 18 decisions in one season (16-2, 1.95 ERA), joining Freddie Fitzsimmons (16-2, 1940), Preacher Roe (16-2, 1951), and Don Newcombe (17-1, 1955)...Obtained his 2,000th career strikeout in the second inning against Milwaukee on June 2, reaching the milestone in 1,837.2 innings, the fourth fastest all-time behind only Pedro Martinez (17 15.1 IP), Randy Johnson (1734.0 IP) and Max Scherzer (1784.0)...Was placed on the DL from July 24-Sept. 1 with a lower back strain...prior to his stint on the DL, he went 15-2 with a 2.04 ERA in 21 starts and led the big leagues in wins, ERA and innings pitched (141.1 IP, T-1st)...returned from the DL on Sept. 1 and went 3-2 with a 3.48 ERA (13 ER/33.2 IP) in six starts...Was named National League Pitcher of the Week ending in July 9...Appeared in six games (five starts) in the postseason, going 3-0 with a 3.82 ERA (14 ER/33.0 IP) and held hitters to a .179 average... collected his seventh career postseason victory in Game 1 of the World Series against the Astros, collecting the most all-time postseason wins in Dodger history.
Limited by a mid-season back injury to just 21 starts, but earned his sixth consecutive All-Star selection, going 12-4 with a 1.69 ERA...Among pitchers with 140.0 or more innings, he led the Majors with a 1.69 ERA, a .184 opponents' batting average, a 0.72 WHIP and a 15.64 strikeout-to-walk ratio with 172 strikeouts against just 11 walks in 149.0 innings...His 15.64 strikeout-to-walk ratio was the highest mark ever for any MLB pitcher with 125.0 or more innings pitched in a single season...made six consecutive starts with 10 or more strikeouts and one walk or less (April 21-May 17), a modern MLB record...Was placed on the DL from June 27-Sept. 9 with a mild herniated disc in his lower back...went 11-2 with a 1.79 ERA (24 ER/121.0 IP) in 16 starts prior to the injury, which caused him to miss the All-Star Game...after returning from the disabled list on Sept. 9, he went 1-2 with a 1.29 ERA (4 ER/28.0 IP) in five starts...Was named the NL's May Pitcher of the Month• Appeared in five games (four starts) in the postseason, going 2-1 with a 4.44 ERA (12 ER/24.1 IP) and picking up the save in the Dodgers' NLDS Game 5 win at Washington.
Went 16-7 with a 2.13 ERA in a career high-tying 33 starts in his fifth consecutive All-Star season. ... Became the first MLB pitcher to reach 300 strikeouts since 2002 (Schilling, Johnson) with his 301 strikeouts ranking as the fourth highest single-season total in franchise history behind Sandy Koufax's 1965 (382 SO), 1966 (317 SO) and 1963 (306 SO) seasons…had twice led the NL in strikeouts (2011, 2013), but 2015 marked his first time leading the Majors in Ks. ... Melvin Upton Jr. was the victim of Kershaw's 300th strikeout and his 887th batter faced. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, since 1900, there have been 34 instances of pitchers recording 300 or more strikeouts in a season, and only three other times during that span has a pitcher reached that milestone facing as few batters as Kershaw needed this year, Pedro Martinez (799 BF, 1999 BOS) and Randy Johnson twice (862 BF, 2000 ARI and 779 BF, 2001 ARI). ... Tied his single-game career high with 15 strikeouts in a complete-game victory over the Giants on Sept. 2 at Dodger Stadium…also accomplished the feat in his no-hitter on June 18, 2014 vs. Colorado • Recorded double-digit strikeouts in 13 of 33 starts. ... In addition to leading the Majors in strikeouts, ranked among the big league leaders in wins (16, 11th), ERA (2.13, 3rd), innings pitched (232.2, 1st), opponents' batting average (.194, 3rd), WHIP (0.88, 3rd), complete games (4, T-1st) and shutouts (3, T-1st). ... Pitched 7.0 or more innings in 22 starts and went 8.0 or more innings 10 times. ... Strung together 37.0 consecutive scoreless innings from July 3-Aug. 1…after firing 41.0 consecutive scoreless innings in 2014, according to Elias, he became the first pitcher since Luis Tiant in 1968 and 1972 to have multiple single-season scoreless streaks of 37.0 or more innings in his career…Tiant did his damage with the Indians in '68 (41.0 IP, Apr. 24-May 17) and Red Sox in '72 (40.0 IP, Aug. 19-Sept. 8). ... Selected as the National League's July Pitcher of the Month after going 3-0 with a 0.27 ERA (1 ER/33.0 IP) in four starts in the month…limited opposing hitters to a .162 batting average (19-for-117) with 45 strikeouts against only two walks in 33.0 innings…was his fifth career monthly award and fourth for the month of July (also: '11, '13 and '14). ... After losing three consecutive starts for the first time in his career June 17-27, reeled off a 13-start unbeaten streak from July 3-Sept. 14, going 9-0 with a 0.98 ERA (11 ER/101.0 IP) during the run, which tied for the second longest winning streak in the Majors this year. ... Made his fifth consecutive Opening Day start on April 6 vs. San Diego, allowing three runs in 6.0 innings in a no-decision… in Los Angeles history, only Don Drysdale (7, 1972-78) has made more consecutive Opening Day starts. ... Started and won back-to-back division-clinching games against the Giants, tossing 8.0 innings of one-run ball on Sept. 24, 2014 and throwing a one-hit shutout on Sept. 29 at AT&T Park…it was the first one-hitter thrown by a Dodger since Hiroki Kuroda's masterpiece against the Braves on July 7, 2008 at Dodger Stadium and according to Elias, Kershaw became the second pitcher in MLB history to throw a shutout with one hit or less in a division clincher (other: Mike Scott, Sept. 25, 1986 no-hitter, HOU vs. SF). ... Picked up his 100th career win on May 15 vs. Colorado at the age of 27 years, 57 days, becoming the second-youngest active pitcher to reach the milestone. ... Led the Majors with 10 pickoffs • Went 1-1 with a 2.63 ERA (4 ER/13.2 IP) in two postseason starts in the NLDS vs. the Mets, losing Game 1 and picking up the win in Game 4…struck out 19 in 13.2 innings, while posting a 0.88 WHIP.
Topped the Majors with 21 wins (21-3) and a 1.77 ERA in 27 starts, as he became the first-ever pitcher to win four consecutive MLB ERA titles, en route to being named National League Most Valuable Player and unanimously winning his second consecutive and third career Cy Young Award...Also honored with the Players Choice Awards for Marvin Miller Man of the Year, MLB Player of the Year and Outstanding National League Pitcher, a selection as both Sporting News' and Baseball America's MLB Player of the Year and the Warren Spahn Award as the game's top left-hander...Earned 18 of 30 first-place MVP votes and nine second-place votes, garnering 355 total points, as he became just the fourth Dodger pitcher to win the award, joining Sandy Koufax (1963), Don Newcombe (1956) and Dazzy Vance (1924), and the first Dodger overall to win the award since Kirk Gibson in 1988… was the 11th player in club history to win the award and a Dodger was honored as the league's MVP for the 13th time, the third most by a National League team behind only the Cardinals (20) and Giants (14)…was the first National League pitcher to be honored as MVP since the Cardinals' Bob Gibson in 1968 and just the fourth NL pitcher in the Cy Young era (since 1956) to win the award…overall since 1956, only 11 pitchers (eight starting pitchers) have been selected as MVP - Justin Verlander (2011), Dennis Eckersley (1992), Roger Clemens (1986), Willie Hernandez (1984), Rollie Fingers (1981), Vida Blue (1971), Gibson (1968), Denny McLain (1968), Koufax (1963), Newcombe (1956) - with all also winning the Cy Young Award in the same season…of those, only Kershaw, Verlander and Koufax threw a no-hitter in their MVP season...Received all 30 first-place Cy Young votes, making him the 14th pitcher to win by a unanimous vote in the NL, joining Sandy Koufax (three times), Greg Maddux (two times), Randy Johnson, Bob Gibson, Steve Carlton, Rick Sutcliffe, Dwight Gooden, Orel Hershiser, Jake Peavy and Roy Halladay…became just the ninth all-time pitcher to win three or more Cy Youngs and also the ninth pitcher to win the award in consecutive seasons… there has been a unanimous winner in the American League nine times, with Roger Clemens, Pedro Martinez and Johan Santana each doing so twice; and Denny McLain, Ron Guidry and Justin Verlander once apiece...Led the Majors with an .875 winning percentage (21-3), the second-highest mark ever by a Dodger (min. 20 starts), behind only Preacher Roe's .880 winning percentage (22-3) in 1951…the Dodgers posted a 23-4 record in Kershaw's 27 starts, including a 14-1 mark in his 15 starts of 8.0 or more innings...Also topped the Majors with a 0.86 WHIP and six complete games, while ranking among the NL leaders in strikeouts (239, 3rd), opponents' batting average (.196, 2nd), shutouts (2, T-3rd) and strikeout-to-walk ratio (7.71, 1st)...Was selected to his fourth consecutive All-Star Game and pitched a scoreless inning in the contest...His 1.77 ERA was the lowest mark by an MLB starter since Pedro Martinez posted a 1.74 ERA with Boston in 2000 and the lowest ERA for a National Leaguer since Greg Maddux's 1.63 mark with Atlanta in 1995...Posted a career-best 11-game winning streak from June 2-Aug. 10...was the longest run in the Majors this year, during which he went 11-0 with a 1.16 ERA (13 ER/101.0 IP) with five complete games (two shutouts) in 13 starts…during the streak, he limited opposing hitters to a .178 batting average (62-for-349), with 117 strikeouts against only 12 walks in 101.0 innings....Selected as the National League's Pitcher of the Month in June (6-0, 0.82 ERA) and July (4-0, 1.07)… became the third all-time Dodger to win NL Pitcher of the Month in consecutive months, joining Don Sutton (April-May 1975) and Burt Hooton (Aug.-Sept. 1975)...Strung together 41.0 consecutive scoreless innings from June 13-July 10, which tied with Luis Tiant (1968) for the fifth longest streak in the expansion era behind only Orel Hershiser (59.0 IP, 1988), Don Drysdale (58.0 IP, 1968), Bob Gibson (47.0, 1968) and Brandon Webb (42.0, 2007)...Took a perfect game bid into the seventh inning, retiring the game's first 18 hitters before Corey Dickerson reached on a Hanley Ramirez throwing error, and struck out a career-high 15 batters on 107 pitches in the Dodgers' 8-0 win in his first-career no-hitter on June 18 vs. Colorado…his 15 Ks were the most ever for a Dodger in a no-hitter and, according to the Elias Sports Bureau, the most by any pitcher in Major League history that did not allow a runner to reach base via hit, walk or hit by pitch, besting the previous mark of 14, shared by Nap Rucker (September 5, 1908), Sandy Koufax (September 9, 1965) and Matt Cain (June 13, 2012)...It was the first no-hitter thrown at Dodger Stadium since the Angels' combined 8.0-inning no-hit loss on June 28, 2008 and first by an individual since the Dodgers' Ramon Martinez on July 14, 1995 vs. Florida...In the last 100 years, only six other pitchers did not allow a walk or hit by pitch in a no-hitter, but failed to pitch a perfect game due to an error: Walter Johnson (1920), Bill McCahan (1947), Dick Bosman (1974), Jerry Reuss (1980), Terry Mulholland (1990) and Jonathan Sanchez (2009). Kershaw became the third Dodger to throw a non-perfect game no-hitter without issuing a walk, joining Reuss (June 27, 1980 at San Francisco, error) and Bill Singer (July 20, 1970 vs. Philadelphia, hit batter, two errors)...Picked up NL Player of the Week honors twice, the week of his no-hitter, June 16-22, and Sept. 8-14, when he went 2-0 with a 1.69 ERA (3 ER/16.0 IP) in two starts...Made his fourth consecutive Opening Day start and picked up the win in the Dodgers' 3-1 victory over the D-backs on March 22 at the Sydney Cricket Ground...Led the NL (including pitchers and position players) in wins above replacement (WAR), according to both Baseball-Reference.com (led the Majors) and FanGraphs...Topped NL pitchers with seven defensive runs saved, according to FanGraphs, and controlled the opposition's running game, allowing only five stolen bases all year, earning the distinction as a Gold Glove finalist....Batted .333 (5-for-15) with runners in scoring position and tied for fifth among NL pitchers with a .235 onbase percentage...Honored with his second consecutive Roy Campanella Award, becoming the first-ever two-time winner in the nine-year history of the award, which was voted upon by Dodger uniformed personnel...Missed 32 games on the disabled list from March 23- May 5 with a Teres Major strain...Took the loss in NLDS Games 1 and 4 against St. Louis
Won his second-career Cy Young Award in 2013, becoming just the second Dodger (Sandy Koufax - 1963, 1965, 1966) and 17th all-time pitcher to win multiple Cy Young Awards, and his third consecutive MLB ERA title (1.83) as he became the first Major Leaguer to do so since Greg Maddux (1993-95) and the first-ever Dodger to accomplish the feat... His 1.83 ERA was the lowest mark by an MLB starter since Pedro Martinez posted a 1.74 ERA with Boston in 2000 and the lowest ERA for a National Leaguer since Maddux's 1.63 mark with Atlanta in 1995…it's the lowest mark by a pitcher with at least 220.0 innings since Dwight Gooden's 1.53 ERA in 1985 with the Mets and the fourth-lowest single-season ERA by an NL lefty in the Live Ball Era (best since Sandy Koufax, 1.73 ERA in 1966)…Koufax is the only other Los Angeles Dodger to record a sub-2.00 ERA season, doing so three times: 1963 (1.88 ERA), 1964 (1.74 ERA) and 1966... Was selected to his third-consecutive All-Star Game and tossed a scoreless third inning in the NL's 3-0 defeat... Also led the Majors with a 0.92 WHIP, while ranking among the NL leaders in strikeouts (232, 1st), innings pitched (career-high 236.0, 2nd), wins (16, T-3rd), opponents' batting average (.195, 2nd), complete games (3, T-3rd), shutouts (2, T-1st) and pickoffs (7, 2nd)... Was especially tough at home, posting the Majors' second-lowest home ERA at 1.54 (21 ER/122.2 IP) in 17 starts at Dodger Stadium…despite pitching well, had only an 8-6 home record... Selected as the NL's July Pitcher of the Month, leading the league with a 1.34 ERA and ranking among the Senior Circuit's best in wins (4-1, T-1st), strikeouts (43, T-3rd), opponents' batting average (.161, 3rd) and innings pitched (47.0, 1st) in six starts. During the month, he issued just two walks in 47.0 innings and tossed a four-hit shutout against the Rockies on July 2 at Colorado. It was his second monthly honor (also: July 2011)... Opened the campaign with two wins and 16.0 scoreless innings in two starts, which earned him National League Player of the Week honors for the period of April 1-7. He previously won NL Player of the Week for the periods of June 20-26, 2011 and May 14-20, 2012... Allowed three or fewer earned runs in 22 consecutive starts from July 24, 2012-May 26, 2013, tying Mat Latos (2010), Chris Carpenter (2005) and Johan Santana (2004) for the longest such run since 2000 and the longest run by a Dodger starter since Orel Hershiser had a 27-game run from July 12, 1985-May 25, 1986... Made his third consecutive Opening Day start with a shutout and a tie-breaking, eighth-inning home run against the Giants on April 1 and, according to the Elias Sports Bureau, Kershaw became just the second pitcher in Major League history to hit a homer and throw a shutout in his team's season-opener…the only other was the Indians' Bob Lemon, who threw a one-hitter vs. the White Sox on April 14, 1953…Kershaw became just the fifth pitcher in Dodger history to throw a shutout while allowing four or fewer hits and hitting a home run in the same game, joining Carl Erskine (June 10, 1955 vs. CHC), Stan Williams (July 6, 1960 vs. SF), Tommy John (Aug. 8, 1977 vs. CIN) and Chan Ho Park (Sept. 29, 2000 at SD)…Elias also notes that Kershaw was the first starting pitcher to hit a home run in the eighth inning or later of a scoreless game since Sept. 16, 1971 when the Cubs' Juan Pizarro hit one off Tom Seaver in the eighth inning to give the Cubs a 1-0 triumph at Shea Stadium... Became the first-ever Dodger pitcher to win The Roy Campanella Award, which was instituted in 2006, voted on by Dodger players and coaches and awarded to the player who best exemplifies the spirit and leadership of the late Hall of Fame catcher... Went 1-2 with a 3.13 ERA (8 ER/23.0 IP) in four postseason starts…struck out 28 in 23.0 postseason innings…picked up the first postseason win of his career on Oct. 3 at Atlanta in Game 1 of the NLDS, allowing just one run on three hits and striking out 12 in 7.0 innings in the Dodgers' 6-1 victory... His 12 strikeouts in that game were the second-most Ks in Los Angeles postseason history behind only Sandy Koufax's 15 strikeouts in Game 1 of the 1963 World Series at New York…according to the Elias Sports Bureau, his six consecutive strikeouts from the fourth through sixth innings establishing a single-game Dodger postseason and tied the all-time playoff record along with Homer Bailey (CIN, Oct. 9, 2012 vs. SF), Mike Hampton (ATL, Oct. 1, 2003 vs. CHC), Todd Worrell (STL, Oct. 24, 1985 vs. KC), Moe Drabowsky (BAL, Oct. 5, 1966 at LA) and Hod Eller (CIN, Oct. 6, 1919 at CWS)... Tossed 17.0 consecutive scoreless innings without allowing an earned run (three unearned run), becoming just the fifth Dodger to post such a streak in a single postseason along with Sandy Koufax (18.0 IP, Oct. 11-14, 1965), Jerry Reuss (23.0 IP, Oct. 7-16, 1981), Orel Hershiser (24.1 IP, Oct. 8-20, 1988) and Burt Hooton (26.2 IP, Oct. 9-28, 1981).