Clayton Kershaw takes perfect game into 8th, helps Dodgers win: 'I really wanted to do it'

Die Dodgers won the game 9-1, but even Kershaw admitted that, through the first 21 kolwers, he thought he might accomplish perfection.

Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw throws to the plate during the second inning of a game against the Los Angeles Angels Friday, Julie 15, 2022, in Anaheim, Kalifornië.

Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw throws to the plate during the second inning of a game against the Los Angeles Angels Friday, Julie 15, 2022, in Anaheim, Kalifornië. (AP-foto/Mark J. Terrill)

I really felt like it might happen,” Kershaw said.

I really wanted to do it. I think it would have been really fun for everybody involved.

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Kershaw finished the eighth inning. He recorded six strikeouts and gave up one hit. The Dodgers’ shutout was relinquished by reliever Reyes Moronta, who allowed a home run to Angels outfielder Brandon Marsh.

Kershaw got some help with a handful of spectacular defensive plays.

Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw sits in the dugout during the sixth inning of a game against the Los Angeles Angels Friday, Julie 15, 2022, in Anaheim, Kalifornië.

Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw sits in the dugout during the sixth inning of a game against the Los Angeles Angels Friday, Julie 15, 2022, in Anaheim, Kalifornië. (AP-foto/Mark J. Terrill)

“Eerlikwaar, I probably should have given up four or five hits,” hy het gesê. “Defense played unbelievable tonight, and they lined out right to some guys. It was a fun night.

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Justin Turner added: “That was a vintage Kershaw performance. There’s a point in the middle of the game where you know what’s going on, and we had a really good feeling about it. That was dominance right there.

Kershaw threw the only no-hitter of his career in 2014 against the Colorado Rockies. Sandy Koufax has the only perfect game in Dodgers history, which came on Sept. 9, 1965. Daar was net 23 perfect games in major league history.

Kershaw’s performance reminded some just how dominant he can be even at age 34, when he’s not considered a staff ace.

“Uiteraard, he’s still one of the best in the game,” Dodgers catcher Austin Barnes said. “He puts the ball where he wants it. They were swinging early, which helps him. After the third or fourth incredible (verdedigend) speel, I thought it was going to happen. But it’s tough. It doesn’t happen very often.

Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw looks toward the outfield after giving up a double to the Los Angeles Angels' Luis Rengifo during the eighth inning of a game Friday, Julie 15, 2022, in Anaheim, Kalifornië.

Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw looks toward the outfield after giving up a double to the Los Angeles AngelsLuis Rengifo during the eighth inning of a game Friday, Julie 15, 2022, in Anaheim, Kalifornië. (AP-foto/Mark J. Terrill)

The Dodgers moved to 59-30 with the win. Die Angels fell to 39-52.

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