Kershaw Smacks 1st HR And Nets Win In Dodgers Opener – Before LA Loses 2 In A Row
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By Enrique Rivera (Dodgers Correspondent): Follow @eriqwiththeq
Everything just went right for the Dodgers. Crawford got two hits (including a Double), Adrian Gonzalez got a hit, Ethier got a hit, Kemp scored a run, just what the Dodgers expect out of their stars.
The Dodgers made Matt Cain throw 35 pitches in the 1st inning – including Kemp drawing a 11 Pitcher AB, with several Foul – Balls before finally Striking Out.
This still jacked up Cain’s pitch count, causing the Giants to lift him before the Bottom of the 7th. After the 8th Inning HR, the club even scratched out two runs on Infield grounders!
Without signing a contract extension during the winter, the 2011 Cy Young Award winner (and 2012 runner-up) Clayton Kershaw did more than expected for the Dodgers as they defeated the reigning World Champs – and Dodger arch-rival San Francisco Giants 4 – 0.
Not only did he picked up the win, he earned himself his first Shutout of the season. He allowed only four hits and Struckout seven hitters.
Clayton Kershaw is interviewed on Opening Day HR:
If that’s not enough, he also picked up his first HR of his career when he hit a HR against Right – Hander George Kontos in the 8th Inning to break the scoreless tie. Kershaw became the first pitcher to hit a HR, plus pitch a Shutout on Opening Day since Bob Lemon in 1953.
So what does this mean for Kershaw?
During the offseason, Kershaw and Dodgers were expected to sign a long-term contract before the season started. That obviously didn’t happen and according to Kershaw, we shouldn’t expect a deal during the season.
If Kershaw signs, he is expected to have the record deal. Verlander recently signed a 5 YR/ $140 Million Extension deal with the Tigers. Not only that, Kershaw should be the first $200 Million pitcher.
His performance on this year’s Opening Day proved that the Dodgers do in fact need to sign him as soon as possible.
Even though he will most likely not hit another HR in a while, he is everything the Dodgers need in order to win a championship. You need to look no further than Zack Greinke to see where the dollars may lay.
No one would argue that Kershaw is a better pitcher than Greinke currently, and this should be reflected in his pay.
He proved that he is ready to be a true ace by shutting out the same Giants lineup that won a World Series a year ago.
Kershaw is not usually a guy who gets hurt often, which will make his marriage with the Dodgers great for both sides.
The Kershaw – Ryu Left – Hander combo can devastate the N.L. West for years, which is what Dodger ownership and fans have proven to want.
The Attendance for the 3 game series was well over 150,000 fans. The best game was definitely the Opener.
Kershaw’s opposition Matt Cain didn’t fare so bad on April 1st either, he pitched 6 Innings and allowed four hits, no runs and struck out eight. These two provided the fans with a brilliant pitcher performances. It was only too bad that Cain was pulled out of the game before he could finish it out. The teams still have 16 games left this year.
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Today’s feature was prepared by our Dodgers Correspondent Enrique Rivera. Enrique was born in Los Angeles and raised in Compton, CA. He has been a Dodger fan since he was introduced to the greatest sport of all time. ‘Eriq’ also has written a couple of baseball stories for here . I’ve also talked Dodger baseball on a college radio show called LA Sports Weekly.
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Posted on April 4, 2013, in MLB Teams: Articles and Analysis, The Rest: Everything Baseball and tagged @eriqwiththeq on twitter, adrian gonzalez, bob lemon, buster posey, carl crawford, cy young award, detroit tigers, dodger stadium, dodgers season opener, enrique rivera, George Kontos, Hyun-Jin Ryu, josh beckett, juan uribe, Justin Sellers, justin verlander, la dodgers, luis cruz, madison bumgarner, matt cain, matt kemp, nl west, pablo sandoval, pittsburgh pirates, sd padres, sf giants. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.