Dodgers ace drives in only run of his 14-K shutout gem
By Roger Schlueter
Here are four interesting items from around the big leagues this weekend …
• On Sunday, Clayton Kershaw hurled a three-hit shutout with 14 K's to defeat the Padres, 1-0. The lefty also drove in the Dodgers' only run, via a single in the third. This game marked the fourth time in Kershaw's 250-game career the southpaw has fanned at least 13 batters while pitching a shutout. He's one of seven pitchers since 1913 to have at least four through 250. He joins Nolan Ryan (seven), Sandy Koufax (five), Bob Feller (four), Jim Maloney (four), Tom Seaver (four) and Roger Clemens (four).
• In Washington's 6-1 victory over St. Louis on Sunday, Max Scherzer surrendered four hits in seven scoreless innings and fanned nine with no walks. Since the start of the 2013 season, Scherzer has thrown 701 1/3 innings and has posted a 1.029 WHIP while fanning 28.9 percent of the batters he has faced. Among all pitchers in history in their age-28 through age-31 seasons (minimum 600 innings), Scherzer's WHIP stands as the 10th lowest (behind Addie Joss, Pedro Martinez, Sandy Koufax, Greg Maddux, Pete Alexander, Three Finger Brown, Walter Johnson, Ed Walsh and Juan Marichal) and his strikeout percentage stands as the third highest (behind Pedro Martinez and Randy Johnson).
• In the Red Sox's 4-2 win over the Yankees on Friday, Alex Rodriguez's second-inning solo homer was met by David Ortiz's eighth-inning two-run roundtripper. The blast gave Rodriguez 58 home runs against the Red Sox, the sixth most for any player. The five ahead: Babe Ruth (90), Lou Gehrig (70), Mickey Mantle (69), Al Kaline (62) and Harmon Killebrew (61). Rodriguez added his 59th on Sunday. The go-ahead shot from Ortiz gave him 48 home runs against the Yankees, the sixth most for any player. The five ahead: Jimmie Foxx (70), Ted Williams (62), Manny Ramirez (55), Hank Greenberg (53) and Carl Yastrzemski (52). Ortiz added his 49th on Saturday.
• Trevor Story and Nolan Arenado each homered for the 10th time in the Rockies' 9-0 win on Friday. Story and Arenado made the 2016 Rockies the first team in history to have two players with 10 home runs before May 1.
Roger Schlueter is a statistical researcher and writes for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.