Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw didn’t dominate, but he pitched well enough — and got plenty of run support — to win his 20th game of the season Friday at Wrigley Field.
Kershaw gave up three earned runs on seven hits and three walks in five innings, but the Dodgers scored six runs in the 1st, two runs in the 3rd, and six runs in the 6th to beat the Chicago Cubs 14-5. Kershaw struck out nine batters and improved his record to 20-3. Despite giving up three runs, his ERA is only 1.80 this season.
According to MLB.com, “Kershaw joined Pedro Martinez as the only pitchers since World War II with 20 wins in fewer than 30 starts and, having gone 21-5 in 2011, became the first Dodgers pitcher to reach the 20-win mark twice since Claude Osteen in 1969 and ’72. At 20-3 (.870), Kershaw has the best winning percentage for a Dodgers pitcher since Preacher Roe went 22-3 (.880) in 1951.”
Kershaw pitched for the Great Lakes Loons in 2007 (their inaugural season), going 7-5 with a 2.77 ERA and 134 strikeouts in 97.1 IP. He made his major-league debut with the Dodgers a year later.
Also at Wrigley Field on Friday, Cubs catcher Rafael Lopez collected his first major-league hit, a single off Kershaw in the 3rd inning. He also drove in his first MLB run on a sacrifice fly in the 1st inning.
Lopez played 31 games with the 2012 Peoria Chiefs, batting .265 with 12 RBI.
At Yankee Stadium, Blue Jays OF Dalton Pompey made his first major-league start and collected his first MLB hit, a single off Yankees SP Hiroki Kuroda, in New York’s 5-3 win over Toronto.
Blue Jays SP Mark Buehrle took the loss, dropping to 1-14 in his career against the Yankees.
Pompey batted .261 with 6 HR, 40 RBI and 38 SB in 115 games with the 2013 Lansing Lugnuts. He also got five hits in five games with the Lugnuts in 2012.
Buehrle pitched for the 1999 Burlington Bees, going 7-4 with a 4.10 ERA and 91 strikeouts in 98.2 IP.