He did, however, hold the
It still added up to a 2-0 victory and Kershaw not throwing one for the ages this time out, just your garden-variety excellent game.
Kershaw went eight innings, striking out eight and walking that one batter. Which makes it all of nine walks on the season in his 72 1/3 innings.
Kershaw (8-2) did extend his scoreless innings streak to 21, so even if he was unable to match that memorable no-hitter, he did just fine. The second batter he faced,
He actually was almost outpitched by Kansas City’s
But the very first batter the left-handed Duffy (4-7) faced proved his undoing.
It didn't seem all that significant at the time, but the longer the game went on, the larger it loomed.
And much like in his no-hitter against the
The Royals’ biggest threat came in the seventh when
But Miguel Rojas -- starting at shortstop while
The Dodgers managed to provide an insurance run in the ninth after reliever
The allure of Kershaw helped the Royals draw an estimated 7,500 in walk-up sales. He didn’t disappoint, even if after throwing 107 pitches through eight innings, Manager
Jansen, his velocity back into the more familiar mid-90-mph range, retired the Royals in order in the ninth to earn to his 26th save.