Clayton Kershaw became the Dodgers’ career strikeout leader during the fourth inning of Saturday night’s game against Detroit.
The lefty of 33 years needed four runs to get Don Sutton out of the game. To tie the Hall of Famer, he got Dustin Garneau out to chase a curveball during the third inning.
Kershaw was Spencer Torkelson to whiff on a slider low and inside for his 2,697th strikeout and pass Sutton.
Kershaw received a standing ovation and was presented with the Dodger Stadium trophy.
Kershaw has had the lowest career ERA (2.48) and WHIP (1.00), among starting pitchers who have at least 1,500 innings. In strikeouts, he is the fourth most active player.
“It speaks to longevity and consistency. It’s just going to add to his lore, not only in Dodger but baseball history,”Dave Roberts, Los Angeles manager said something about the record that existed before the game. “I think that for a fan base that’s followed him his entire career, to ultimately reach this milestone at home, get that ovation and share that with the fans certainly makes it sweeter.”
Kershaw spent 15 years in Dodger blue. Three-time Cy Young Award winner Kershaw signed a one-year contract in March following the lockout, which could potentially earn him up to $22 million.
Don Drysdale, who has 2,486 career hits, is third. Sandy Koufax, with 2,396 is fourth. Both of those Hall of Famers began their careers while the Dodgers played in Brooklyn.
The Dodgers posted a video to their social media accounts congratulating Kershaw for breaking the record. Kershaw’s first ever victim of a strikeout, his former teammate Skip Schmacker, and catcher A.J. Vin Scully, Don Sutton’s child, Ellis.