Kershaw Is Hot

In 2011, Clayton Kershaw was voted the best pitcher in the National League after carving out a 21-5 record with 248 strikeouts and a 2.28 earned-run average.

Kershaw may need to make room for a second Cy Young trophy after starting this season undefeated in two outings.

In his most recent start this past Saturday, he toiled seven innings, striking out nine, walking one and allowing two hits in a 1-0 victory over visiting Pittsburgh.

Mark Ellis (two hits) had the game-winner in the third that plated Carl Crawford (two hits).

The Dodgers (4-2) swept the Pirates after Sunday’s 6-2 win as Hyun-Jin Ryu (1-1) went six and one-third frames, giving up three hits, two runs (earned), six strikeouts and two walks.

Adrian Gonzalez (three hits) drove in four runs, Crawford (two hits) scored two runs, and Nick Punto (two hits) tallied a pair of runs.

“Our pitching staff is pretty incredible,’’ said Punto, an infielder who added a stolen base. “Clayton Kershaw is so good, and so is the entire staff. They’re going to keep us in the game.”

Newly-acquired Zack Greinke (1-0) held the Bucs to two hits while fanning six with no walks in six and one-third innings during Friday’s 3-0 shutout.

Matt Kemp had a run-scoring double, Gonzalez added two hits and a run batted in, while Andre Ethier homered.

The Dodgers lost two of three to the defending World Series champion San Francisco Giants.

On Wednesday, Tim Lincecum (1-0) escaped with a 5-3 win after working five innings, but the two-time Cy Young award winner walked seven with three hits, four strikeouts and two runs (unearned).

Pablo Sandoval had a two-run homer in the third, and Hunter Pence a solo shot in the sixth.

Madison Bumgarner (1-0) was brilliant over eight innings on Tuesday as the Giants blanked the Blue Crew 3-0 as he allowed two hits with no walks and six strikeouts.

San Francisco scored a run in the fourth and two in the seventh as Joaquin Arias (two hits) had an RBI, as did Bumgarner, who gave up hits to Ethier and A.J. Ellis.

Amid a packed house on Monday that included Hall of Famer Sandy Koufax, who tossed out the ceremonial first pitch, the Dodgers whitewashed the Giants 4-0 as Kershaw fanned seven with four hits in nine innings, and hit his first big-league homer in the eighth.

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