Monday, July 30, 2018

2018 Topps Now -- #514 -- Kershaw's Remarkable Friday

Clayton Kershaw may not have the bat of a Shohei Ohtani, but he sure did show off a batting prowess unparalleled in todays modern game.

This past Friday Clayton Kershaw took the mound against the Braves and proceeded to puzzle Braves bats to the tune of eight strikeout and zero walks. At the same time, Kershaw also punished the opposing team with his bat  -- knocking in two runs with a single in the fourth inning and recording three walks. Per Ken Gurnick at
"I was super late and got fortunate," said Kershaw. "Folty's throwing 100 mph, it seemed like. I just happened to stick my bat out there and got lucky. On the walks, it's not easy for relievers to face pitchers. They're not used to it."
In honor of his Friday Topps issued a Topps Now card that sold 306 copies over the weekend. Per the description on the reverse:
Kershaw threw 7 2/3 dominant innings to lead the Dodgers to a 4-1 win over the Braves. Perhaps just as valuable as his pitching was his two-run single in the fourth inning. Kershaw also drew 3 walks, making his performance historic; in the live-ball era, only Kershaw, Robin Roberts (1950) and Whitey Ford (1959) have collected a single and three walks at the plate and eight strikeouts on the mound in one game.

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