Clayton Kershaw pitched eight scoreless innings against the Miami Marlins on Thursday in Miami. Although it was the 15th time the Marlins were shut out all season, the most in the majors, the fact that this is “yawn” news is a testament to Kershaw’s absolute dominance.
As Ryan Braun and the other players associated with the Biogenesis faced suspensions, the Marlins were in the middle of a scoreless streak which caused outfielder Logan Morrison to tell the Marlins bet writer Clark Spencer “You know we’re clean. We haven’t scored a run in 37 innings.”
Kershaw struck out 6 clean Marlins, and lowered his season ERA below the 1.80 where it started the day. Kershaw is leading the majors in ERA, and has the lowest ERA through his far in the season since Sandy Koufax.
Brian Wilson finished off Kershaw’s scoreless performance for his first appearance in Dodger blue. He struck out the first and final batter he faced, clocking in around 94 mph on the gun.
That beard looks awfully strange in Dodger Blue. But it’s got to bring a sigh of relief if not a smile to Dodgers fans’ faces to see Don Mattingly call to the bullpen, and see a right hander emerge who is not Brandon League.
Wilson brings veteran, experienced innings to the back of the Dodgers bullpen. Even though he can be a wild card, he is much less of one historically while he is pitching. I am glad that he is in the bullpen during the games, and not on the bench with that other wild card Yasiel Puig.