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Clayton Kershaw gets the better of Tim Lincecum in 1-0 victory

Jul 20, 2011, 6:59 PM EDT

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In a rematch of the Opening Day game the Dodgers won 2-1, Clayton Kershaw again outdueled Tim Lincecum on Wednesday, striking out 12 over eight innings in a 1-0 victory.

It was a scoreless game until the seventh, when Dioner Navarro hit one into McCovey Cove for what proved to be the lone run of the game.

Kershaw has made four starts against the Giants this season and has given up runs in just one of them.  He’s also outpitched Lincecum all three times the two have been matched up in their careers, though the Giants came back to win the first duel 7-5 on July 20, 2010.

Kershaw leads the majors with 167 strikeouts this season.  He’s gone three straight starts without allowing an earned run, lowering his ERA from 3.23 to 2.72.  He’s 4-1 with a 1.41 ERA in nine career starts and one relief appearance versus the Giants.

  1. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Jul 20, 2011 at 9:20 PM

    He would be an awesome setup man in the Yankees organization.


  2. granted42 - Jul 20, 2011 at 10:51 PM

    Kershaw’s a great pitcher, but any mediocre pitcher should be able to shut down a starting lineup that only has one batter hitting over .240, and he’s only hitting .261. This is not a scary lineup. You could pitch batting practice to them and strike out six.

    • Jeff M. - Jul 21, 2011 at 12:33 AM

      You gotta be kidding me! Kershaw leads MLB in strikeouts, historically owns the Giants, and is the lone bright light in the Dodgers season this year (well, him and Matt Kemp). True, the Giants lineup isn’t exactly a force to be reckoned with, but that doesn’t minimize Kershaw’s accomplishments.

  3. cup0pizza - Jul 21, 2011 at 12:18 AM

    Elite. What a spectacular performance. Those are becoming much more commonplace for Kershaw.

  4. APBA Guy - Jul 21, 2011 at 12:39 AM

    Great performance, and Timmy was excellent also. As a team built to win by 1 run, the Giants know that from time to time a truly excellent opposition pitcher can beat them. That happened tonight.

    • cup0pizza - Jul 21, 2011 at 2:54 AM

      I hope (even though I know that the odds are stacked) that the Dodgers get some stability and can keep Kershaw long-term, so that we get to see many Kershaw/Lincecum duels in the future. Could and should be the two most elite pitchers of their generation for a decade or more, barring unforeseen circumstances.

      • Jeff M. - Jul 21, 2011 at 3:47 AM

        That would be nice, wouldn’t it? One can only hope the Dodgers manage to shake off that crazy guy that currently owns them and move back towards long term stability.

  5. foreverchipper10 - Jul 21, 2011 at 11:28 AM

    So you are saying he has a Ker-shot at the Cy Young?

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