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Play of the Day: Clayton Kershaw dives to start a double play

Aug 10, 2014, 7:45 PM EDT

Clayton Kershaw AP

Dodgers starter Clayton Kershaw usually helps his own cause in the way of striking out lots of hitters and rarely putting them on base with walks. It’s why he’s a two-time Cy Young award winner and has led the league in ERA in each of the last three seasons. But he helped his own cause in a spectacular way in Sunday’s game against the Brewers.

The Dodgers were up 2-1 in the bottom of the fifth, but the Brewers were threatening with Rickie Weeks on third base and one out. After Jean Segura worked a 1-1 count, the Brewers decided to try the squeeze play. Segura jabbed his bat at the ball, but sent it up in the air a few feet in front of the plate. Kershaw dashed off of the mound and dove face-first towards the plate, catching the ball just before it could hit the ground. Kershaw then got to his feet and lobbed the ball to Juan Uribe at third base to complete the inning-ending double play.

Quite the play. Kershaw finished the afternoon with his 14th win, limiting the Brewers to one run on six hits and a pair of walks while striking out six over eight innings. He now has a 1.78 ERA, a 0.86 WHIP, and a 163/19 K/BB ratio in 136 1/3 innings.

  1. proudlycanadian - Aug 10, 2014 at 8:22 PM

    A very nice play, but it might not be the play of the day. For example, Colby Rasmus mad 2 great catches late in extra inning to save the 19 inning game for the Jays.

    • stlouis1baseball - Aug 11, 2014 at 10:41 AM

      PC: The Dodgers were up 2 – 1 and he makes a diving (inning ending) double play.
      I am guessing the 2 thumbs up are from you…and nbjays. Lol! Or perhaps Mr. and Mrs. Rasmus.

      • proudlycanadian - Aug 11, 2014 at 10:43 AM

        Probably from his dad and myself.

      • stlouis1baseball - Aug 11, 2014 at 10:44 AM

        Hahaha! I like the honesty. Well done.

      • proudlycanadian - Aug 11, 2014 at 10:45 AM

        The second catch in the top of the 19th was terrific.

      • proudlycanadian - Aug 11, 2014 at 10:54 AM

        Both Colby and Melky have birthdays today. Yesterday, Melky was 3 for 5 with 5 walks. That certainly helped his OBP.

    • mortymcfearson - Aug 11, 2014 at 12:09 PM

      It sure must help his ERA to have 40+ fewer innings than Felix Hernandez and Johnny Cueto.

      • sportsfan18 - Aug 11, 2014 at 4:22 PM

        how about his 1.83 ERA last season with 236.0 innings pitched?

        did his fewer innings affect his ERA last season?

        his ERA is 1.78 right now with 136.1 innings pitched this season.

        that looks like 372.1 innings pitched to me since the beginning of last season at about an ERA of 1.81

        what was that about the number of innings he pitched again?

    • notsofast10 - Aug 11, 2014 at 12:15 PM

      Doesn’t matter what the article is about you are going to comment about the Blue Jays on every article??????

      • proudlycanadian - Aug 11, 2014 at 5:21 PM

        Methinks you doth protest too much.

    • leagueleaderingrit - Aug 11, 2014 at 5:10 PM

      Why are all of your comments getting downvoted? Even the funny ones in response?

      • proudlycanadian - Aug 11, 2014 at 5:23 PM

        There is a certain Yankee fan who was banned that still uses the thumbs down function a lot. There are also a few Red Sox fans who are upset that I detest the upper management of their team.

  2. kingscourt25 - Aug 10, 2014 at 8:31 PM

    Jay Bruce also made a catch to rob Stanton of a HR. Lots of great plays today.

  3. nothanksimdriving123 - Aug 10, 2014 at 8:34 PM

    OK, he made a spectacular play and won his 11th straight decision, but the slumping Kershaw gave up an entire run and struck out only six and was only able to lower his ERA to 1.78. Time to ask Mattingly if he’s considering sending the southpaw to AAA to try to get him back on track.

  4. maritime85 - Aug 10, 2014 at 8:43 PM

    I hope this guy gets a ring

  5. imakcds - Aug 10, 2014 at 9:55 PM

    Kershaw is a Throwback, he’s a rare dinosaur with Integrity, who works hard and earns his money all the while being someone to look up to.
    If you have anything negative to say about Clayton Kershaw, then you’re just simply pathetic.

  6. janessa31888 - Aug 10, 2014 at 10:41 PM

    To think, I was only 24 hours away from being born on the exact same day as The Great Kershaw. How cool.

  7. youngosays - Aug 10, 2014 at 10:41 PM

    hands down best pitcher in baseball

  8. ptfu - Aug 10, 2014 at 10:46 PM

    If pitchers can (all together now) “help their own cause” with their hitting, then I don’t see why we shouldn’t say the same about their fielding. Kershaw definitely helped his own cause on that play.

  9. mjhutmkr - Aug 11, 2014 at 8:33 AM

    Kershaw is the the biggest RICHARD in all of MLB.


  10. wonkypenguin - Aug 11, 2014 at 10:31 AM

    I was at the game, sitting in row 4 on the third base side right next to the Dodgers dugout. It was easily the coolest play I’ve ever seen live.

    It also managed to stop the jackass who kept yelling at Kershaw that he sucks. Because I guess if you’re going to be incredibly wrong and not funny, you might as well do it as loudly as possible.

    What is the Vegas line for Kershaw being NL MVP this year?

    • stlouis1baseball - Aug 11, 2014 at 10:43 AM

      Sweet seats Penguin. I bet that set you back quite a bit huh?

      • dannymac17 - Aug 11, 2014 at 6:37 PM

        stlouis. go comment on things relating to stlouis please.

      • stlouis1baseball - Aug 12, 2014 at 11:33 AM

        Lol! Based upon your comment, your handle, and never seeing you post previously…I am betting you are age 17 and thus, very new around here. I mean…brand spanking new.

        Some unsolicited advice: Drop the attitude (along with chip on your shoulder). Otherwise, you are gonna’ get eaten alive on this site.
        Go Baseball! See how that works? It’s a Baseball site. It’s not a Cardinals site…nor a Dodgers site. Hence…”go baseball!”

      • dannymac17 - Aug 12, 2014 at 1:25 PM

        im 30 and have been posting on this site for quite awhile. lol drop my attitude? okay grandpa. eaten alive? dude, you are a clown.

      • stlouis1baseball - Aug 12, 2014 at 2:58 PM

        And you are thumbing yourself up! Lol!
        How embarrassing is that? Yep…17.
        Only a 17 year old would think that a site designed/created around the great game of baseball requires one to only comment on one’s favorite team. Hahaha! You made my day Dannyboy.
        Made my day.
        Psssss… don’t tell anyone.
        But Janessa is a Cleveland Indians fan who has been pulling for the team to change it’s name to the Spiders. And Proudly is a Blue Jays fan. I know…I know. Crazy stuff. Again…don’t tell anyone. Let’s keep it between us.

      • dannymac17 - Aug 12, 2014 at 3:09 PM

        why would i thumb myself up for making you look like a spec on the testicles of a gnat?

      • stlouis1baseball - Aug 12, 2014 at 5:44 PM

        You see Dannyboy…you lack confidence. You lack self esteem. You strive for acceptance. Yet sadly, the only approval you gain is misguided approval by shallowly giving yourself a thumbs up. It’s alright. Do your homework diligently and make a better all around effort in school and you will find your way. When feeling down…remember to always turn that frown upside down Dannyboy. I am pullin’ for you little guy!

      • dannymac17 - Aug 12, 2014 at 9:47 PM

        you typing a whole lot junior. just go sit in the corner.

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