For his finale, Clayton Kershaw might have just shut the door on the 2013 National League Cy Young Award.
In his final appearance of the regular season before pitching the playoff opener, Kershaw was again dominant Friday in the Dodgers’ way-too-easy 11-0 victory over the Colorado Rockies before a Dodger Stadium crowd of 52,367.
Kershaw threw six scoreless innings before exiting the game and the season with a baseball-best 1.83 earned-run average. That goes along with his 16-9 record and National League-best 232 strikeouts. It’s the third consecutive season he’s had the lowest ERA in the major leagues. He also leads the majors in WHIP -- walks and hits allowed per innings pitched -- at 0.92.
Those numbers are likely to earn Kershaw his second Cy Young Award. He won his first in 2011 and came in second in the voting last season.
Kershaw, 25, is the first pitcher to lead the majors in ERA three consecutive seasons since Greg Maddux (1993-95).
Friday's game was no contest against a Rockies team that, to be honest, did not look all that interested. In his six innings, Kershaw struck out eight and did not walk a batter. All four hits he gave up were singles, and he picked off one baserunner.
Just a little in control.
Meanwhile, the Dodgers were lining drives all around and out of the ballpark. They finished with 15 hits, including home runs by Adrian Gonzalez, Carl Crawford (his first since May 6) and A.J. Ellis.
The only possible setback for the Dodgers was when rookie Yasiel Puig left the game in the sixth inning after fouling a ball off his left foot. He completed the at-bat and then did not return to his position, right field.
Crawford and Ellis each had three RBIs, and Juan Uribe had three hits and two RBIs.
Chris Capuano made his first relief appearance after suffering a groin pull Sept. 6. He may be a longshot to make the playoff roster this late, but he pitched an impressive eighth inning. He retired the side in order, striking out two. He needed only 12 pitches, throwing nine for strikes.