Clayton Kershaw was just a tad focused Friday night, like the sun is just a little hot.
He had turned leads over to the bullpen twice in his last two starts, only for it to blow both and ultimately lose the games in the 10th inning. Ever the fierce competitor, he came out laser focused Friday and went to work on the Cubs like they were threatening his family.
He turned in a dominating effort, holding the Cubs to three hits in eight innings while striking out 14 and leading the Dodgers to a 4-1 victory before a Dodger Stadium crowd of 44,874.
This time Kenley Jansen protected the lead in the ninth inning, retiring the Cubs in order for his 26th save.