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Clayton Kershaw halts Brewers’ six-game winning streak

Aug 18, 2011, 5:23 PM EDT

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The Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw blanked the Brewers for eight innings Thursday to earn his 15th win in what ended up being a 5-1 game.

The Brewers, who had won six straight and 19 of their last 21 games, managed just five hits off Kershaw before finally scoring a run in the ninth.

Having thrown 104 pitches in eight, Kershaw didn’t get a chance to go for his third shutout of the season. Javy Guerra came in and gave up a triple to Ryan Braun and a sac fly to Prince Fielder before finishing a 5-1 game.

Kershaw had just six strikeouts today, leaving him one short of 200 for the season. He’ll still be the first National Leaguer to reach that mark this year unless Cliff Lee can fan 16 batters next time out.

It was the eighth time this season that Kershaw has gone without allowing a run.  That’s tied for first in the majors with Lee.  Kershaw’s Dodger teammate, Hiroki Kuroda, has done it seven times.  A host of starters have done it six times apiece: Josh Beckett, Josh Collmenter, Tim Lincecum, Wandy Rodriguez, Tim Stauffer, Jason Vargas and Jered Weaver.

  1. dannomac21 - Aug 18, 2011 at 5:31 PM

    I was wondering when there was gonna be some stories on the brewers on here. And this is it? About how clayton kershaw beat us? How about instead of talking about how good kershaws been on a bankrupt bottom feeding team, you talk about how this is our first loss to a team not named the cardinals in the past 22 games. Or about how dominant greinke’s been. Or about how fielder and braun are 1 and 2 in mvp voting.

    • proudlycanadian - Aug 18, 2011 at 5:36 PM

      Or why not write about how good Lawrie has been? Oh! Nevermind. The Brewers made a pact with the devil and traded away their future for a one time chance to win. Good luck to the Brewers. It just might work out.

      • clydeserra - Aug 18, 2011 at 5:54 PM

        The brewers are going to suck again for a while after this season. That’s why they paid the price they did for Greinke and Marcum.

        I think they knew that going in and I think many teams would do the same thing.

      • dannomac21 - Aug 18, 2011 at 6:11 PM

        Or about how big of a tool lawrie is? Id much rather take a pitcher thats a 1 on a lot of teams for a kid whos shown us glimpses in 20 games that hated everything and anything about the entire brewers organization

      • dannomac21 - Aug 18, 2011 at 6:16 PM

        And lmao @ saying we’re going to suck next year.

        fill in ss

        Fill in 5

        Thats not a bad team by any means…

      • clydeserra - Aug 18, 2011 at 6:23 PM

        Weeks and Buan and Greinke are good players.

      • proudlycanadian - Aug 18, 2011 at 6:28 PM

        There will a few holes next year. No Fielder. No SS. No #5 starter. Greinke will file for free agency as soon as possible. Marcum is another arm injury waiting to happen. His short arm delivery is going to cause another injury. In the meantime, the Brewers totally mishandled Lawrie. We thank the Brewers for screwing up. He has been lights out while playing for the Jays.

      • dannomac21 - Aug 18, 2011 at 6:36 PM

        Oh nice man! Have fun watching lawrie waste good seasons away while you guys sit at 3rd or 4th in the East per normal, just like the halladay situation. Ironically, just like marcum. Thank you for helping us make this postseason run. Hopefully rasmus and lawrie dont have too many run ins on tool academy up der in canada hey?

        Lmao @ being shit talked to by a blue jay fan. Enjoy this last season of bautista. Have fun watchin us in the postseason.

      • proudlycanadian - Aug 18, 2011 at 6:51 PM

        Immaturity will get you nowhere.

    • jimbo1949 - Aug 18, 2011 at 5:46 PM

      rif…reading is fundamental
      The Brewers are basically unstoppable
      Craig Calcaterra
      Aug 18, 2011, 8:47 AM EDT

      Jerry Hairston Jr. could have killed Josh Wilson
      Matthew Pouliot
      Aug 18, 2011, 3:30 PM EDT

      • dannomac21 - Aug 18, 2011 at 6:12 PM

        Because hairston almost killing wilson on a misplayed suicide squeeze is groundbreaking.

    • Chris Fiorentino - Aug 18, 2011 at 5:55 PM

      Yeah, there’s been three article on the Brewers in the last few hours. It’s Midwest bias I tell ya!!!

      • clydeserra - Aug 18, 2011 at 5:56 PM

        There will be an article coming soon that tells us the Brewers face the Phillies in at least 2 series a year

      • FC - Aug 18, 2011 at 9:56 PM

        You DO realize that by including the Phillies in the conversation yourself it’s becoming a self-fulfilling prophecy yes?

      • clydeserra - Aug 19, 2011 at 2:44 AM

        FC: If I explain the joke to you it won’t be funny

      • spudchukar - Aug 19, 2011 at 2:36 PM

        If I am not mistaken Braun went an entire year without committing an error, and was still known as a below average outfielder. He brings alot to the table but, defense is not one of those items, errors or not.

    • clydeserra - Aug 18, 2011 at 5:55 PM

      Fielder and Braun are 1 and 2 in MVP voting?

      • spudchukar - Aug 18, 2011 at 6:08 PM

        No I believe Berkman’s numbers are better than Braun’s. Fielder probably holds the edge right now, but even Holliday could claim it if he gets hot down the stretch.

      • dannomac21 - Aug 18, 2011 at 6:14 PM

        Thats a joke of a question to even ask. Without either player the brewers arent where they are now. Brauns a 5 tool player that gives you everything…avg, power, speed, sb’s, and surprisingly good defense this year. Fielder is self explanatory

      • clydeserra - Aug 18, 2011 at 6:18 PM

        I wasn’t aware there was a vote for MVP going on right now

      • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Aug 18, 2011 at 6:20 PM

        You could throw either in the mix, but I would not put either one ahead of Kemp. Fielder will have some work to do in the next month as Pujols is a man on fire the past 2 months, and Braun is basically interchangeable with Votto and Berkman, with CarGo, Upton, Victorino and Holliday a hot streak away from passing him by.

      • Chris Fiorentino - Aug 18, 2011 at 6:22 PM

        Yes, Clyde. Voting is done right after the Brewers win 19 of 21 games. Didnt you hear about that change in the Postseason Award voting schedule? And you can only vote for Brewers too. That’s another new rule. That’s why Randy Wolf is number 1 in the Cy Young voting.

      • uberfatty - Aug 18, 2011 at 6:24 PM

        i swear not all Brewers fans are sunny-eyed homers like dannomac21.

        Braun’s defense is not good, and there are 3-5 worthy MVP candidates above him even with everything else he brings to the table. Not to mention Fielder who adds a ton of value at the plate even for a 1B, and then takes a good chunk of it away in all other aspects of the game.
        Both will get votes, but to insult even questioning the 1/2 statement sets all Brewers fans back.

        Great season for the Crew so far though, looking forward to (hopefully!) getting to see some postseason action at Miller Park.

      • proudlycanadian - Aug 18, 2011 at 6:32 PM

        Good luck uberfatty. Beating the Phillies in the playoffs will be tough, but the games should be fun.

      • dannomac21 - Aug 18, 2011 at 6:33 PM

        Ha im a sunny eyed homer because i said braun had surprisingly played good defense this year when he just made his first error last week? Im a sunny eyed homer because i said we’re going to be a decent team next year? Thats called being a fan.

  2. kast2l - Aug 18, 2011 at 9:02 PM

    if you wanna talk about NL MVP then before Braun and Fielder and even how good they have been, my first place vote goes to Justin Upton… just sayin

  3. Old Gator - Aug 18, 2011 at 10:18 PM

    So much for “The Brewers are Basically Unstoppable.”

  4. ddjesus - Aug 19, 2011 at 12:16 AM

    Oh gosh, the Brewers lost, everyone’s getting their shots in now because they rarely see the Brewers lose anymore. Anyone could have seen this loss coming… Kershaw is a certified ace, while Estrada is just a decent fill in starter. Brewers O has been cold lately as well, so this loss hasn’t exactly shocked me to my core. I expect a rebound in New York tomorrow, and hopefully by weekend end a road sweep for the Crew.

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