By Earl Heath, Contributing Sports Writer
With two out in the fourth inning Detroit’s Spencer Torkelson swung and missed on a pitch from DODGER Ace Clayton Kershaw. The pitch not only ended the inning it made the lefty the All-Time leader in strikeouts for Los Angeles passing Don Sutton with 2,697 K’s.
He headed to the dugout and acknowledged the 52,613 as they gave him a standing ovation.
“I didn’t really expect it,” Kershaw said of the crowd’s reaction after the Dodgers went on to lose, 5-1, to the Detroit Tigers. “I understand that the Dodgers are a historic franchise. They’ve been around a long time so the guys on that list I was fortunate to pass, it’s a big deal. But I didn’t know the fans would know or honestly care that much. So it was special for me. It really was.”
After the top of the inning was finished the 3-time Cy Young winner went back to the mound and finished the night allowing just one run on four hits and two walks (his first of the season) in six innings while striking out seven in all.
He now has a career total of 2,700 even, (at press time) a milestone that only 26 pitchers in baseball history have reached.
Chris Taylor knocked in two runs with a single to give the Dodgers a 2-0 lead in the 2nd inning and that’s all the Men in Blue needed. Julio Urias in the series opener pitched six scoreless innings of four-hit ball and the Dodgers hung on for a 3-1 victory over the Giants.