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