Three Cy Young Awards and an MVP follow LA Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw whenever he pitches. The honors are a mixed blessing, because they bring a level of scrutiny to Kershaw’s performances that hardly any other pitcher faces. And the accolades also up the stakes, making postseason failures that Kershaw has tasted especially bitter. But he erased a lot of that last night with a for-the-ages performance against the Mets at Citifield, saving the Dodgers season on three days rest.
The Dodgers pulled off a 3-1 victory in front of 45,000 rabid Mets fans, with Kershaw giving up three hits through seven innings with eight strikeouts. Kerhsaw will be wearing the weight of his mighty accomplishments a little lighter from now on. Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said of Kershaw’s performance: “He’s really a credit to the game and so you’re really happy for him to be able to do that tonight.” The series is tied 2-2, forcing a Game 5 in LA on Thursday.