Everybody knows Clayton Kershaw is good. On Sunday the Dodgers ace was better than the Padres with both his arm and his bat.
Kershaw showed the world why he owns three Cy Young Awards in a masterful shutout of San Diego. The L.A. lefty allowed three hits and struck out 14 Padres hitters, including leadoff man Jon Jay four times, and did not walk anybody in a 1-0 win. He threw 101 pitches, 75 of them for strikes.
It’s the second time in a week the Friars have lost a game 1-0 and the seventh time they’ve gone scoreless in 2016. Keep in mind: they've only played 25 games.
Kershaw also drove in the only run of the game with an RBI single in the 3rd inning off Padres starter Drew Pomeranz. The San Diego lefty made arguably his best start of the season, going 7.0 innings with five whiffs and only one walk, but he still takes the loss.
The Dodgers had lost six straight games and Kershaw did what an ace is expected to do, going out and stopping the skid on a day when the offense couldn't get much going.
The Padres took two out of three in their weekend series at Dodger Stadium and on what could be considered a positive note, San Diego is 2-0 against L.A. when they score runs. Of course, that means they’ve already been shut out by Dodgers pitching four times.
The Padres come home from their 2-4 road trip to start a week-long homestand on Monday night against the Rockies. James Shields gets the start against Jon Gray.