Minneapolis – Clayton Kershaw He played a perfect game through seven rounds for the Los Angeles Dodgers on his first appearance of the season before being pulled over, dominating the Minnesota Twins by 13 strokes in 21 strokes during a 7-0 win on Wednesday.
Manager Dave Roberts pulled Kershaw after 80 pitches on a cold afternoon at Target Field. Alex Physia Comfortable for 8th and they gave up their first Minnesota hit, a single Gary Sanchez.
Cody BellingerAnd Gavin Lux And Austin Barnes Hit back-to-back home runs in the eighth against the Savior Derek Rodriguezwho first appeared in the movie Twins.
Justin Turner Hit a double-playing single at the start, Tria Turner It was a fly carcass per second and Max Muncie He went deep in the ninth for the Dodgers, who had won the game 7-2 the night before, and that was paused for an hour and a half due to rain and ended just after midnight.
Kershaw was much refreshed, starting his 15th year with the Dodgers. The three-time NL Cy Young winner needed just 80 pitches. He hit the side in the sixth season and fanned each of the twins at least once except for Jiu Orchilawho shot to third and moved to the right on his first two strokes.
Urchela hit a centerhand with a two-stroke in the seventh inning that slipped under Kershaw’s gauntlet as he tried to hit the ball, but second officer Lux, who was on the short side of the base, got to the ball and made a spot-on on an out throw to finish the inning.
Kershaw, who re-signed with the Dodgers for $17 million this year after losing more than two months in 2021 due to inflammation in his left forearm, was booked into fifth in the out-of-gate spin. This unusual task was to give his arm more time to build strength given the limited spring training schedule.
With his slider in mid-season form, Kershaw had a heavy presence of Dodgers fans among the 17,101 crowd—who featured in the rare game for their favorite Minnesota team—often with continued anticipation and appreciation for Kershaw’s achievement. Kershaw threw a sans hitter on June 18, 2014, against Colorado.
Those blue-clad customers booed when Physia was seen running from the playing field, and one of them was sitting behind the board shouting, “He had a perfect game!”
This was the 66th strike match of Kershaw’s career in 380 regular season games. The Twins became the 27th major league team they’ve faced, losing only the Red Sox and Angels.
Twins start Chris Badack It was a rough debut, less than a week after he was acquired in a deal with the Padres. Paddack lasted for four rounds, with six hits and three runs allowed.
Twins gave SS Carlos Correa rest and CF Byron Buxton Turn in DH, in reaction to a late Tuesday night. Buxton hit all three times he faced Kershaw.
Dodgers: RHP Walker Buhler (1-0, 1.80 PM) He touched down in his home game on Friday at Dodger Stadium against Cincinnati. LHP Sanmartin River (0-1, 19.29 PM) Courts for the Reds to start the four-game series.
Twins: After a day off on Thursday, RHP Joe Ryan (0-1, 4.50 ERA) takes the hill at Fenway Park on Friday to start a four-game streak against Boston. RHP Nick Pevita (0-1, 6.35 ERA) starts for the Red Sox.