Clayton Kershaw in April. Apr 13, 2022; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw (22) throws to the Minnesota Twins in the second inning at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports

The Los Angeles Dodgers had an afternoon game on Wednesday against the Minnesota Twins, featuring starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw in his first start of the MLB season.

The Dodgers got off to an impressive 2-0 lead in the first inning and they would not look back, guided by a vintage dominant performance from Kershaw on the mound.

It was a brilliant performance from the three-time Cy Young winner, who went through seven innings of work with a perfect game to that point, along with 13 strikeouts.

The moment was almost spoiled with two outs in the seventh inning, but second baseman Gavin Lux saved the day with a miraculous play on a ball hit up the middle to keep Kershaw perfect through seven innings.

It looked like Clayton was headed towards MLB’s 24th perfect game in history, but Dodgers manager Dave Roberts elected to pull him at the start of the eighth inning at 80 pitches on the day. The Dodgers would go on to win the game 7-0, but reliever Alex Vesia allowed a hit in the 8th inning to give up the team’s perfect game.

Roberts’ decision to pull Kershaw certainly has the MLB world divided.

Many felt that he certainly should have allowed Kershaw to try and accomplish the historic milestone, one that hasn’t happened for an MLB starter since Felix Hernandez did so in 2012.

While most are upset that Kershaw wasn’t allowed to continue, some understand that it was his first start of the year after a very short spring training period. Also, the Dodgers will need him healthy down the stretch if they want to win a World Series.

There are arguments on both sides of this that are completely justified.

On one hand, Kershaw is coming off a season where he had elbow issues, and with the shortened MLB offseason, starting pitchers like him just aren’t ready to handle going deep in many games at this point in the season. However, Kershaw has truly done everything in the world of baseball except accomplishing a perfect game, and this might have been his best chance to ever do so.

For his part, Kershaw said after the game that it was “the right choice” given the circumstances.

It is a difficult decision that will certainly leave fans wondering “what if” Dave Roberts decided to let him go just two innings more.


About Reice Shipley

Reice Shipley is a staff writer for Comeback Media that graduated from Ithaca College with a degree in Sports Media. He previously worked at Barrett Sports Media and is a fan of all things Syracuse sports.