4/11/21 LOS ANGELES, CA - Clayton Kershaw pitched a masterpiece for six innings, and Zach McKinstry hit the only home run of the game to help the Los Angeles Dodgers defeat the Washington Nationals 3-0 to sweep the series.
Kershaw (2-1) pitched like an MLB Champion in six innings, had six strikeouts, gave up five hits, and his counter-part three-time-Cy Young Award-winner Max Scherzer (0-1) for the Nationals pitched six-inning, five strikeouts, and allowed one run.
The Dodgers Zach McKinstry continues to shine in right field, replacing Mookie Betts in the starting lineup was the other star of the game, hit a double into center-field in the bottom of the second inning that allowed Max Muncy to score and give them a 1-0 lead.
After Muncy scored in the bottom of the second inning, Scherzer retired the next ten Dodgers batters.
"You want to go out there and pitch your best because these are games you remember," said Scherzer. "These are matchups you remember, and really how you judge yourself, how you perform in these situations. You know you're going to be in a close ballgame when you're going against Kersh. He was great today."
Kershaw had some great stuff working for him that kept the heavy bats for the Nationals, Juan Soto, Ryan Zimmerman, Jordy Mercer, and Starlin Castro in check when he was on the mound.
"I was able to make enough pitches when I needed to in order to get out of things and get some outs," Kershaw said. "Overall, they have a lot of guys over there that hit me pretty well, so it was good to get out of this with a win, for sure."
Tanner Raining replaced Scherzer in the bottom of the seventh inning and had to face Mckinstry at the plate. Moments later, he delivered a home run that went over the right-field wall, and Chris Taylor scored, and the Dodgers now led 3-0.
Kenley Jansen (SV2) came in the game at the top of the ninth inning and struck out Luis Garcia, Castro, and Yadiel Hernandez to ground out to Max Muncy to help Kershaw get the win and pick up the save.
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