Clayton Kershaw completely shut down the Milwaukee Brewers for the second time this season Monday night. That was predictable. Yovani Gallardo threw a whole lot of pitches for six innings. Again, totally expected. Essentially, so was the 3-1 victory by the Los Angeles Dodgers to begin a homestand that had the early looks of the 2-8 road trip that just ended. Kershaw, who held the Brewers scoreless in eight innings on April 28 at Dodger Stadium, was just a little bit more dazzling this time with a complete-game three-hitter against a lineup that had no chance almost from the start. As a bonus prize, the Brewers get another Cy Young winner, Zack Greinke, Tuesday night. And the former Brewer is 15-0 at Miller Park. Kershaw (5-2) was efficient where Gallardo was not. The Brewers' No. 1 starter wasn't bad, but neither was he efficient. Of the 105 pitches he threw, only 57 were strikes. And two sliders that didn't slide were sent to the deepest regions of the stadium by Andre Ethier and Matt Kemp, giving Kershaw all the run support he needed. The Dodgers left-hander was modest about his performance. "They were hacking," he said. "They were putting some balls in play. (Aramis) Ramirez missed a homer by 6 inches (in the ninth inning), so we got some breaks tonight." The breaks were mostly from Kershaw's 73-mph curveball and a fastball he ran up there at 94. "He's got a curveball he throws for strikes anytime he wants and an explosive fastball," said Brewers manager Ron Roenicke. "It plays better than the numbers because it runs in on right-handers. He can pitch." Other than the down-the-middle sliders from Gallardo (3-4) to Ethier and Kemp, Roenicke was not displeased with his right-hander. "I thought he threw the ball well," Roenicke said. "He had better life on his fastball. But he made a couple of mistakes and they got them." To begin the game, Gallardo went 3-0 to leadoff hitter Carl Crawford but then proceeded to strike him out on three pitches. Yet Gallardo's first sign of trouble came in the second, when he walked the first batter, Kemp, on four pitches.
Clayton Kershaw completely dominates Brewers
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | May 21