Stat Line Of The Night — 7/29/12 — Clayton Kershaw
After winning the Cy Young award following the 2011 MLB season, Los Angeles Dodgers’ starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw has struggled to duplicate that level of success in 2012. His 7-6 record and 3.14 ERA heading into yesterday’s action was a far cry from the 20-5 record and 2.28 ERA that helped earn him honors as the National League’s best pitcher less than one year ago, but he was able to show flashes of last season’s brilliance during Sunday’s NL West battle against the San Francisco Giants.
Kershaw was certainly in Cy Young form throughout the afternoon, as he recorded his second complete-game shutout of the year. Through nine innings of work, the 24-year-old lefty allowed just five hits and one walk while striking out seven during the Dodgers’ 4-0 victory.
With the win, Kershaw improves his record to 8-6, while lowering his ERA to a solid 2.95. Those numbers may not earn him his second consecutive Cy Young award, but his stellar performance against the Giants does earn him “The Stat Line of the Night” for Sunday, July 29, 2012.