ANAHEIM – Before the freeway series opener, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts joked that he was hoping to get a call from Braves manager Brian Snitker on Friday. Clayton Kershaw He was going to be the National League starter in Tuesday’s All-Star game.
Kershaw, of course, never started the Midsummer Classic. It’s one of the few things missing from his impressive career. But by the end of the night, Kershaw had 44,648 people in Angel Stadium.
Kershaw flirted with his second perfect game this season, but his bid for another historic milestone was cut short by a double by Luis Rengifo in the Dodgers’ eighth. He won 9-1 on Friday against the Angels.
It was the second time this season that Kershaw had pitched seven perfect innings. The last one came at the beginning of the first season On the twins When it is not fully built. Kershaw became the only pitcher in the last 40 years to throw at least seven perfect games twice in the same season.
Kershaw was as efficient as he has been all season on Friday. Only Brandon Marsh was able to get into the three-ball count, but Kershaw eventually won the fight and finished third.
In the seventh, Kershaw brought the crowd to its feet by striking out American League MVP Shohei Ohtani swinging at his signature curveball. Every time he came out, the buzz around the ballpark got louder. As they often do, Dodger fans were well represented in Anaheim.
At some point, however, even Angels fans realized they were watching one of the best pitchers ever try to accomplish something 23 other major leaguers did. Kershaw fell a bit.