Kershaw cracks top gamescore against Dbacks at home

Clayton Kershaw once again played with a no-hitter but had to settle for just another victory.  The final score of 4 – 3 does not properly reflect his dominance last night in which he put up a game score of 82.

That game score put him on the leaderboard of Dodger pitchers with a game score of at least 80 against the Diamondbacks at Dodger Stadium. This was the second time Kershaw had made the list. The first was way back in 2011, and the score was identical at 4 – 3.

Not a surprise to see Kevin Brown at the top of the list, the surprise is that I think this is the first time I’ve seen him on top of any of my game score leaderboards.

Ishii is a surprise because of the date. If Ishii was going to make a game score leaderboard I would have expected it to happen in April or May, I simply don’t remember him pitching a good game after May of 2004.

Jose Lima was just starting Lima time. That would be the best start of 2004 for Lima Time. Until October.

Player                   Date Opp   Rslt  IP H ER BB SO GSc
Kevin Brown        2000-06-15 ARI  W 4-0 9.0 4  0  0 10  89
Kazuhisa Ishii     2004-07-07 ARI W 11-0 9.0 1  0  1  5  89
Chad Billingsley   2011-05-14 ARI  L 0-1 8.0 1  0  2  8  84
Jose Lima          2004-05-29 ARI W 10-0 8.0 2  0  1  7  84
Chan Ho Park       1998-07-24 ARI  W 3-1 8.0 2  1  2 11  83
Clayton Kershaw    2017-07-04 ARI  W 4-3 7.0 2  0  2 11  82
Brad Penny         2005-07-01 ARI  W 7-0 8.0 3  0  1  7  82
Odalis Perez       2003-07-05 ARI  W 2-0 8.0 3  0  0  5  81
Clayton Kershaw    2011-05-13 ARI  W 4-3 7.0 3  0  2 11  80
Derek Lowe         2008-09-05 ARI  W 7-0 8.0 2  0  2  4  80

Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 7/5/2017.

When I first glanced at the list I noticed that Billingsley was the only pitcher to lose his game, and with the score 1 – 0 I thought it was a different game. I clicked on the box score to find out I was mistaken. Which meant that Billingsley had lost two games against the Diamondbacks at Dodger Stadium by a score of 1 – 0. Hard luck loser indeed. The game I thought it was, was the 19-year-old debut of Justin Upton.

Turns out that Chad Billingsley lost five games by the score of 1 – 0. Talk about a hard luck loser.

Date         Opp  Rslt  IP H ER BB SO GSc
2007-08-03   ARI L 0-1 7.2 5  1  2  8  71
2007-08-08   CIN L 0-1 5.0 6  1  4  3  50
2008-04-13   SDP L 0-1 5.0 4  1  2  8  61
2010-04-25   WSN L 0-1 6.0 4  1  2  5  63
2011-05-14   ARI L 0-1 8.0 1  0  2  8  84

Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 7/5/2017.

By comparison, Clayton Kershaw has only lost one game 1 – 0.

I’m sure Don Sutton lost a good number of 1 – 0 games, so now my next article will be about who has the most 1 – 0 losses for the LAD. I’m betting on Don Sutton. I think Don was not only the king of the one-hitter but also of the 1 – 0 loss.

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