Just another game score of 81 for Brother in Arms, Clayton Kershaw

Usually, when a pitcher puts up a game score of 81 it is one of the best games of his career. For Clayton Kershaw is was just another brilliant game.

If you want to read more about Clayton Kershaw, past the simple numbers I’m about to show you below, I suggest you quickly connect to Amazon or your favorite bookseller and pick up Brother in Arms by Jon Weisman.  If you go soon enough you will see this on the page:

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He has had five game scores of at least 80, five times since the start of the 2017 season.

Date          Rslt  IP H ER BB SO GSc
2018-04-15   W 7-2 7.0 2  1  0 12  81
2017-07-09   W 5-2 9.0 6  2  0 13  80
2017-07-04   W 4-3 7.0 2  0  2 11  82
2017-06-02   W 2-1 7.0 2  1  1 14  82
2017-05-23   W 2-1 9.0 3  1  0 10  87

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He has had forty-two game scores of at least 80 since the start of his career. As I wrote this line I just realized that Clayton Kershaw picked up the 42nd game score of at least 80 in his career on the day all of baseball was wearing the number 42.

Jon Weisman reminds us that we had seen this all before on Jackie Robinson day.

In 2009, on a Jackie Robinson Day start April 15 against the Giants,
the world first glimpsed a truly dominant Kershaw. In seven innings, he
allowed a second-inning Bengie Molina home run, a fifth-inning Rich
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Aurilia walk, and nothing else, all while striking out 13, making him the
youngest to do so since Koufax was a rookie in 1955.

And yours truly wrote about the same game in one of my most personal columns.

We were headed to the 7th in a 2 – 1 game with history being made. Little did I know how much history was about to be made.  Did I mention I was loving this game?

Date           Rslt  IP H ER BB SO GSc IR
2014-06-18    W 8-0 9.0 0  0  0 15    102
2015-09-29    W 8-0 9.0 1  0  1 13     97
2016-05-01    W 1-0 9.0 3  0  0 14     95
2011-06-20    W 4-0 9.0 2  0  1 11     93
2016-05-12    W 5-0 9.0 3  0  1 13     93
2011-05-29    W 8-0 9.0 2  0  1 10     92
2015-07-23    W 3-0 9.0 3  0  0 11     92
2015-07-18    W 4-2 8.0 3  0  0 14     90
2015-06-06    W 2-0 8.0 1  0  2 11     89
2016-05-23    W 1-0 9.0 2  0  1  7     89
2011-07-20    W 1-0 8.0 3  0  1 12     87
2013-07-02    W 8-0 9.0 4  0  0  8     87
2014-07-10    W 2-1 9.0 3  1  1 11     87
2014-07-26    W 5-0 9.0 3  0  1  7     87
2017-05-23    W 2-1 9.0 3  1  0 10     87
2013-04-01    W 4-0 9.0 4  0  0  7     86
2013-04-28    W 2-0 8.0 4  0  0 12     86
2014-07-04    W 9-0 8.0 2  0  1  8     85
2015-08-28    W 4-1 8.0 3  1  1 14     85
2015-09-02    W 2-1 9.0 6  1  1 15     85
2010-05-09    W 2-0 8.0 2  0  3  9     84
2013-05-14    W 2-0 8.2 5  0  1 11     84
2015-07-08    W 5-0 9.0 8  0  0 13     84
2015-08-01    W 3-1 8.0 2  0  1  7     84
2015-08-12    W 3-0 8.0 3  0  0  8     84
2009-04-15    W 5-4 7.0 1  1  1 13     83
2010-09-14    W 1-0 9.0 4  0  0  4     83
2012-07-29    W 4-0 9.0 5  0  1  7     83
2013-08-17    W 5-0 8.0 3  0  1  8     83
2016-04-04   W 15-0 7.0 1  0  1  9     83
2009-08-08    L 1-2 7.0 2  0  1 10     82
2011-09-09    W 2-1 8.0 3  0  1  9     82
2017-06-02    W 2-1 7.0 2  1  1 14     82
2017-07-04    W 4-3 7.0 2  0  2 11     82
2013-04-06    W 1-0 7.0 2  0  1  9     81
2013-05-20    W 3-1 9.0 3  1  1  5     81
2016-05-17    W 5-1 8.0 4  1  0 11     81
2018-04-15    W 7-2 7.0 2  1  0 12     81
2011-05-13    W 4-3 7.0 3  0  2 11     80
2012-09-28    W 8-0 8.0 5  0  2 10     80
2014-08-21    W 2-1 8.0 3  1  2 10     80
2017-07-09    W 5-2 9.0 6  2  0 13     80

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He has struck out at least twelve hitters four times since the start of 2017 season.

He has struck out at least twelve hitters twenty times since the start of his career.

For some perspective on these accomplishments.
Other Dodgers pitchers since the start of 2017 with a game score of at least 80? Four, one by Alex Wood, two by Rich Hill, and one by Yu Darvish.

Other Dodger pitchers with a game score of at least 80 since Clayton Kershaw did his first one on April 15th, 2009? 26 times.

Player                   Date   Rslt  IP H ER BB SO GSc
Alex Wood          2015-09-16  W 2-0 8.0 1  0  0  5  85
Alex Wood          2018-03-30  L 0-1 8.0 1  0  0  5  85
Chad Billingsley   2011-05-14  L 0-1 8.0 1  0  2  8  84
Chad Billingsley   2011-04-17  W 2-1 8.0 3  0  2 11  85
Chad Billingsley   2012-04-06  W 6-0 8.1 3  0  1 11  87
Chris Capuano      2012-08-12  W 5-0 8.0 2  0  3 10  85
Eric Stults        2009-05-09  W 8-0 9.0 4  0  0  5  84
Hiroki Kuroda      2010-08-30  W 3-0 7.2 1  0  2  7  82
Hyun-Jin Ryu       2013-05-28  W 3-0 9.0 2  0  0  7  90
Hyun-Jin Ryu       2014-04-11  W 6-0 7.0 2  0  1  8  80
Hyun-Jin Ryu       2017-08-06  W 8-0 7.0 1  0  0  8  83
Josh Beckett       2014-05-25  W 6-0 9.0 0  0  3  6  90
Kenta Maeda        2016-07-10  W 3-1 7.0 2  1  0 13  82
Mike Bolsinger     2015-05-23  W 2-0 8.0 1  0  0  8  88
Rich Hill          2016-09-10  W 5-0 7.0 0  0  0  9  86
Rich Hill          2017-08-23  L 0-1 9.0 1  1  0 10  91
Rich Hill          2017-09-27 W 10-0 7.0 2  0  2 10  81
Ricky Nolasco      2013-08-23  W 2-0 8.0 2  0  0  6  84
Ricky Nolasco      2013-08-28  W 4-0 8.0 3  0  1 11  86
Ted Lilly          2010-08-19  W 2-0 9.0 2  0  2 11  92
Vicente Padilla    2010-07-11  W 7-0 8.0 2  0  1  6  83
Vicente Padilla    2010-08-04  W 9-0 9.0 2  0  2  9  90
Yu Darvish         2017-08-04  W 6-0 7.0 3  0  1 10  80
Zack Greinke       2015-07-09  W 6-0 8.0 1  0  0  8  88
Zack Greinke       2015-09-13  W 4-3 8.0 3  0  2  8  82
Zack Greinke       2013-07-13  W 1-0 9.0 2  0  1  9  91
Zack Greinke       2015-07-19  W 5-0 8.0 3  0  1 11  86
Zack Greinke       2014-07-30  W 3-2 8.0 5  1  1 13  80

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Generated 4/16/2018.

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5 Comments

  1. “Clayton Kershaw picked up the 42nd game score of at least 80 in his career on the day all of baseball was wearing the number 42.” BEAUTIFUL!

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  2. The best part was the unexpected delight of finding this out as I was doing the piece. I didn’t cherry pick the game score of 80, I just happen to always use that as the delimiter for game scores, not like 79 is any less a great game but I’ve always used 80.

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  3. You had a fine friend in Snowy, and vice-versa.

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    • I read that using the You have a Friend in Me Randy Newman voice and it made me smile.

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