2K Kershaw: Dodgers ace gets strikeout mark

With a high 95 mph fastball over the plate, Clayton Kershaw has joined a prominent pitching fraternity.

The Los Angeles Dodgers ace recorded his 2,000th career strikeout in the second inning of Friday’s game against the Milwaukee Brewers.

Kershaw, in his 277th game and 10th year with the Dodgers, is the second-fastest pitcher in MLB history to reach the milestone. Hall of Famer Randy Johnson reached the mark in his 262nd career game, according to Elias Sports Bureau.

Kershaw went a full eight innings on the mound and finished the night with 14 strikeouts, one shy of his career high. At one point he retired 20 straight batters before giving up a solo shot to Domingo Santana.

The three-time Cy Young Award winner and 2014 NL MVP becomes the 79th pitcher to join the 2,000 strikeout club.

Brewers infielder Jonathan Villar, who struck out swinging on a three-pitch at-bat, had the honor of being Kershaw’s milestone victim at Miller Park.

Kershaw, 29, struck out as a batter in the bottom of the same inning on a curveball from Brewers pitcher Jimmy Nelson.

Kershaw is the fourth pitcher to get to 2,000 strikeouts in a Dodgers uniform. The other three — Don Sutton (2,696), Don Drysdale (2,486), and Sandy Koufax (2,396) — are in the Hall of Fame.

Nolan Ryan holds the major league record for strikeouts with 5,714.

ESPN’s Brad Doolittle contributed to this report.

Let’s block ads! (Why?)

www.espn.com – TOP