How is this for a day's work: One run allowed with six strikeouts over eight innings pitched. An RBI single, a run scored and a walk at the plate. And a spectacular double play on defense.
''It was a struggle for him all day long. It felt like he was working hard but he kept battling and giving us chances,'' manager Don Mattingly said.
Nevertheless, Kershaw (14-2) lowered his league-leading ERA to 1.78 and tied for the NL lead in victories.
"Struggle." He must have been fooling the Milwaukee Brewers.
Kershaw definitely wasn't struggling to play his position in the fifth inning with the Dodgers up a run. Rickie Weeks led off with a double and, two batters later, Jean Segura popped up a squeeze bunt attempt. Kershaw burst off the rubber and "charged" toward home, making an all-out dive to catch the ball. He quickly got to his feet and, after being directed by Ellis, threw to third in plenty of time to double off Weeks.
''It's fun to feel like a baseball player every once in a while,'' Kershaw said. ''We get labeled as pitchers only sometimes so it's fun to get some dirt on your jersey every once in a while.''
Poor guy. What an awful existence it must be — to be labeled!
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