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Clayton 300Kershaw!


By Jon Weisman
He’s done it. Clayton Kershaw has become the first pitcher since Randy Johnson and Curt Schilling in 2002 to strike out at least 300 batters in a season. Kershaw fanned Melvin Upton, Jr. in the top of the third inning to reach the milestone.

It took Kershaw 37 pitches to get the six strikeouts he needed today. He has the most strikeouts by a Dodger pitcher since Sandy Koufax had 317 in 1966. Kershaw and Zack Greinke are the Dodgers’ first 300-200 strikeout duo since Koufax and Don Drysdale in 1965.

With the first out of the fourth inning, Kershaw also won the 2015 MLB innings pitched title.

Kershaw wrapped up his day once he reached his 60-pitch limit in the fourth inning, finishing with seven strikeouts in 3 2/3 innings of two-hit, no-walk ball. He has 301 for the season, 1,746 for his career, and needs 254 next year to become the fourth pitcher in MLB history to strike out 2,000 batters before turning 29, after Sam McDowell, Walter Johnson and Bert Blyleven.

As a pitching staff, the 2015 Dodgers have the fourth-highest strikeout total in National League history. The Chicago Cubs broke the NL record earlier this week.


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  1. oldbrooklynfan

    When I saw he only had 6 to go, I knew it was a cinch he’d do it today.

  2. What an amazing job this season by Clayton Kershaw becoming the first pitcher to reach this accomplishment since 2002. It is amazing to see such a dominate pitcher, at such a young age, continue to climb up in season strike out totals for the season every year. Kershaw continues to improve even with a shaky start this season. It was a great bounce back year from starting the season off with not normal innings he normally puts up. Im just curious to see how many strikeouts he accumulates throughout his career, since he only improves his strikeout per season every time he has a new season. Great post and can’t wait to see more!

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