On April 19, Clayton Kershaw led the Los Angeles Dodgers to a 5-0 victory over the New York Mets. Ending the Mets’ five-game winning streak. Clayton achieved his 200th career win and moved up to 22nd on the all-time strikeout list. He also improved his record to 11-0 in 17 regular-season starts against the Mets and gave up only three hits in seven innings with no walks and nine strikeouts, bringing his career total to 2,833.
J.D. Martinez played a significant role in the Dodgers’ victory, hitting two home runs and driving in four runs. This was his first multi-homer game with the Dodgers and the 19th of his career.
Mets’ starter Tylor Megill, who is from nearby Los Alamitos, California, gave up three runs on seven hits over five innings and had four walks with four strikeouts in his Dodger Stadium debut. The Mets are now 4-1 on their 10-game road trip to California.
Clayton Facing Challenge
Clayton faced an early challenge after a three-base error by Jayson Heyward in right field. But he struck out the next three batters. Martinez’s towering home run to center field in the first inning brought the Dodgers’ offense to life and gave them a 2-0 lead. He hit his second home run of the game in the third inning to the opposite field in the right, his third of the season.
Clayton retired ten consecutive batters and did not give up a hit until the fourth inning. He then set down another ten batters in a row before giving up two straight singles in the seventh inning. Kershaw ended his outing by striking out Tommy Pham, who represented the tying run.
The Dodgers added two more runs in the eighth inning on a Freddie Freeman sacrifice fly and a Martinez single. Dodgers relievers Evan Phillips and Brusdar Graterol each pitched an inning to complete the shutout.