There now, feel better?
Kershaw had not pitched in a major league game since March 22, though the
Kershaw was activated from the disabled list after spending the last 45 days recovering from a strained upper back muscle. Tuesday he looked a lot like the guy who is coming off his second Cy Young Award.
He did allow nine hits – all singles – but he did not walk a batter and struck out nine. He demonstrated amazing control for someone who hadn't pitched in the majors since the season opener in Australia.
Kershaw (2-0) threw just 89 pitches, 68 for strikes -- it's like he never had been away.
The Dodgers had their own issues with Washington right-hander Blake Trienen, making his first major league start, in the early going. The game was still scoreless going into the sixth when the Dodgers broke through with three runs after Kershaw started it off by hustling to first on a Treinen error.
Gordon sprinted his way to a two-out triple in the seventh and scored when left fielder
The Dodgers made it a blowout with four more in the eighth. Ramirez led off the inning with a solo home run, and then after
After all that, the Dodgers figured Kershaw had more than done his job and let him call it a night.
It couldn’t be all good news for the Dodgers, of course -- the bullpen was yet to be heard from. The Nationals scored three times off reliever