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Clayton Kershaw’s scoreless streak ends after 41 2/3 innings

Jul 11, 2014, 12:02 AM EDT

Clayton Kershaw Clayton Kershaw

Clayton Kershaw‘s scoreless streak, which dated back to a June 13 win over the Diamondbacks, was snapped after 41 2/3 innings when he gave up a homer to San Diego’s Chase Headley in the sixth inning Thursday.

Kershaw shook it off and ended up pitching a three-hitter for the victory in a 2-1 game. It was his eighth straight win.

The homer that snapped Kershaw’s streak came with two outs in the sixth, and Headley had fouled off three two-strike pitches to stay alive before depositing a fastball over the wall in left.

Kershaw’s scoreless streak, which technically will be recorded as 41 innings by MLB and Elias, was the longest since the Mets’ R.A. Dickey went 44 2/3 innings in a row in 2012 and the third longest since 1990 (Arizona’s Brandon Webb went 42 innings in a row in 2007). Of course, the Dodgers have the two longest streaks of all-time: Orel Hershiser’s 59-inning streak in 1988 and Don Drysdale’s 58-inning streak in 1968.

The homer was just the fifth allowed by Kershaw in 93 1/3 innings this season. His previous came June 8 against the Rockies at Coors Field.

Kershaw finished the game with 11 strikeouts and earned his 11th victory against two losses. He would lead the majors with a 1.78 ERA, but he’s still short of qualifying after missing all of April with back inflammation.

  1. ch0psuey - Jul 11, 2014 at 12:05 AM

    Nice job Headley. Not a cheapie either.

    • beavertonsteve - Jul 11, 2014 at 1:03 AM

      It was a great AB by Headley. He fought off some nasty pitches.

  2. kkkershaw22 - Jul 11, 2014 at 12:29 AM

    Greatness

  3. yahmule - Jul 11, 2014 at 12:47 AM

    Clayton had to settle for an 11 strikeout complete game victory. The rest of the the team was pretty shaky tonight. They only won 2-1 despite four (should have been five) San Diego errors and the Dodgers were 2-13 with runners in scoring position.

    • kkkershaw22 - Jul 11, 2014 at 1:09 AM

      You need to credit vin scully for your comment

  4. nothanksimdriving123 - Jul 11, 2014 at 12:53 AM

    What a bummer. One bad pitch or he’d be at 45 innings and counting. :-(
    Just underscores how incredible are the streaks of Orel Hershiser, Don Drysdale and Walter Johnson.

  5. gdobs227 - Jul 11, 2014 at 12:55 AM

    … and Orel Hershiser pops a bottle of champagne.

    • infieldhit - Jul 11, 2014 at 4:02 AM

      I’m sure Hershiser would be just as gracious as Drysdale was when his record was broken. And if he could handpick who would do it, Kershaw would be a pretty good bet.

      • yahmule - Jul 11, 2014 at 10:10 AM

        No question. Orel would be gracious to a fault no matter who broke record, but his respect for Kershaw is immense.

  6. gattaga72 - Jul 11, 2014 at 12:56 AM

    Kershaw is FILTHY!!!! The homer that Headly hit just made it over!!! Damn!!! Kershaw just the best pitcher in baseball… He should start the All Star game no doubt!!!!!!!!! Again just FILTHY!!!!!

  7. miguelcairo - Jul 11, 2014 at 1:26 AM

    When the best is at his best, it’s a beautiful thing.

  8. capsboy - Jul 11, 2014 at 1:31 AM

    That’s too bad. I followed every inning of Webb’s streak back in 2007, a scoreless streak is a lot of fun to watch.

  9. Homesforsaleinfriscotx - Jul 11, 2014 at 2:37 AM

    I still remember when Drysdale hit Dick Dietz (I think) with a pitch with the bases loaded. He was about to break the all time record and the batter stuck his leg into the pitch a little bit, making NO effort to get out of the way.

    The ump called it ball 3, much to the opponents’ chagrin. Drysdale got out of the jam unscored on, and went on to break the record.

    One of the gutsiest…and correct… calls in umpire history, with so much at stake.

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Jul 11, 2014 at 4:34 AM

      It was May 31, 1968. The umpire was Harry Wendelstedt. It was the 9th inning of what was to be Drysdale’s 5th straight CG shutout to tie that record. The pitch hit Dietz on the arm. The argument that ensued went on for about a half-hour. Drysdale’s streak lasted even longer. He pitched a 6th straight CG shutout on June 4, a record that still stands, though his 58 innings was eclipsed by Hershiser.
      A couple of hours or so after shutout No. 6, Sen. Robert Kennedy mentioned the new record during his speech celebrating his victory in the California Democratic Presidential primary. He closed his remarks saying “it’s on to Chicago and let’s win there”. Those were his final words.

      • cshearing - Jul 11, 2014 at 8:39 AM

        I read you comment, and was perplexed as to why I knew the name Harry Wendelstedt as an ump. Turns out he umped right up until 1998, so I did see him call games. He was on the 1991 World Series crew, so that’s probably where I remember him from, as a Jays fan.

      • yahmule - Jul 11, 2014 at 10:15 AM

        Harry Wendelstedt was a fine umpire. His reputation was so good it carried his laughably awful kid Hunter into the Majors.

        http://deadspin.com/5659337/lets-all-admire-umpire-hunter-wendelstedts-rather-large-human-element

  10. sportfan2 - Jul 11, 2014 at 7:22 AM

    I hate the bums but they seem to have great pitching.

  11. davidpom50 - Jul 11, 2014 at 11:32 AM

    Kershaw officially qualified for the ERA title with the 2nd out in the 7th inning last night. By completing the game, he’ll be officially qualified until Sunday’s game.

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