Clayton Kershaw joins an elite group

September, 4, 2012
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LOS ANGELES -- When Clayton Kershaw struck out pinch hitter Jesus Guzman in the seventh inning, he nudged his way into a pretty tight circle.

It gave Kershaw 200 strikeouts this year, making him only the fifth L.A. Dodger to do it three seasons in a row. The others: Sandy Koufax (1961-66), Don Drysdale (1962-65), Hideo Nomo (1995-97) and Fernando Valenzuela (1984-86).

Tuesday also was Kershaw's 22nd quality start, good for second in the National League.

Mark Saxon

ESPNLosAngeles.com
Mark Saxon is a staff writer for ESPNLosAngeles.com. He spent six years at the Orange County Register, and began his career at the Oakland Tribune, where he started an 11-year journey covering Major League Baseball. He has also covered colleges, including USC football and UCLA basketball.

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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Clayton Kershaw
WINS ERA SO IP
21 1.77 239 198
OTHER LEADERS
BAY. Puig .296
HRA. Gonzalez 27
RBIA. Gonzalez 116
RY. Puig 92
OPSY. Puig .863
ERAC. Kershaw 1.77
SOC. Kershaw 239