Los Angeles Dodgers Clayton Kershaw Notches 2000th Strikeout

Laura Christensen
June 4, 2017

The Dodgers finished the game with a team-record 26 strikeouts.

Milwaukee Brewers shortstop Jonathan Villar was the victim of Kershaw's 2,000th punch out.

Kershaw set the tone with a season-high 14 strikeouts to reach 2,000 for his career.

The 42 total strikeouts in the game is a new National League record.

Their pitchers set a franchise record with 26 strikeouts, breaking the previous mark of 22 set on August 8, 1972 in a 19-inning loss to Cincinnati.

Brewers starter Matt Garza lasted only four innings, allowing two runs - one earned - on three hits with four walks and a pair of strikeouts.

Corey Knebel relieved Nelson and after striking out Corey Seager, Grandal hit a screaming line drive home run to right to tie the game. Manager Dave Roberts said Forsythe would be available to pinch-hit and was expected to return to the lineup Sunday.

Nelson hasn't allowed a walk in his last 18 innings. The Brewers struck out a whopping 26 times in the 12-inning game.

The 29-year-old Kershaw is behind only Johnson and Pedro Martinez in innings pitched before recording 2,000 strikeouts. After hovering around the 10 percent mark in the early seasons of his career, his walk rate has dipped below five percent in each of the last two seasons-and this kind of start to the year, apparently, is the next step there.

The Dodgers acquired LHP Jason Wheeler from the Minnesota Twins for cash considerations and optioned him to Triple-A Oklahoma City. With Rich Hill set to face Matt Garza in the pitching matchup, the over/under now sits at 8.5 runs.

Los Angeles went on to win 2-1 in Milwaukee.

Cleveland's Josh Tomlin, who starts the opener of a three-game series in Kansas City, is 1-0 with a 1.13 ERA in two starts against the Royals this season and has a 10-4 record against them in 19 starts.

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