The Los Angeles Dodgers, one of the most well-known teams to win the 2022 World Series, had a frustrating start to their season, losing their first series of the year in Denver, 2-1, to the Colorado Rockies.
L.A. hoped to make their season on the track that was planned before the start in Minnesota for a quick two-game set; after winning the first on Tuesday night, they were once again rolling on Wednesday to move over.500 for the first time in this young season. Clayton Kershaw, a long-time Dodgers player, was on the spur of the switch.
That Kersh slider.
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In his 2022 debut, Kershaw will have a trophy of 13 K.
Kershaw was fantastic throughout his first five innings and with two outs in the sixth inning, Kershaw had the defensive advantage needed for a perfect game when Gavin Lux, who was dropped to be behind on the shortstop side of second base, picked a tough bouncer back up the middle clean and fouled Gio Urshela to keep Kershaw going throughout seven innings.
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Kershaw was giving high fives and getting hugs when he arrived, indicating that his day was done despite throwing just 80 pitches in seven perfect innings, with 13 strikeouts in an incredible performance.
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David Roberts applied to the bullpen for Alex Vesia, who entered the field to boos at Target Field, hoping to see some history in the form of perfection on Wednesday if they weren't going to win.
Despite Kershaw's remarkable start, the Dodgers are looking for a career that is long-term. Despite Kershaw's absence, you may understand a long-term approach for someone as important to his journey. However, at 80 pitches thru seven innings, it's hard to justify that you pulled him with two innings to reach the 24th perfect game in Major League Baseball history. At the same time, fans would've liked seeing him get a chance and have a short leash if he fails