Clayton Kershaw homers in Dodgers’ win over Giants

In today's Dodgers-Giants game, goose eggs filled the scoreboard for the first seven and a half innings. That is, until the bottom of the eighth, when Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw smashed the first pitch he saw from Giants reliever George Kontos over the center field wall to give Los Angeles a 1-0 lead. The homer was the first of Kershaw's career.

The Dodgers would tack on a few more runs in the eighth, and won 4-0. Kershaw came back out for the ninth and finished the job, becoming the first pitcher since Bob Lemon in 1953 to hit a homer and throw a complete game on Opening Day. He finished with four hits allowed, seven strikeouts, and no walks in his complete game shutout, only throwing 94 pitches in the Los Angeles win.

After a performance like that on Opening Day, and the mammoth extensions signed by Buster Posey and Justin Verlander last week, you have to wonder if Kershaw will be next to ink a monster deal.

Joe Lucia

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