4/30/22 LOS ANGELES, CA - Clayton Kershaw became the all-time strikeout leader for the Los Angeles Dodgers by sticking out Spencer Torkelson in the top of the fourth inning, after losing to the Detroit Tigers 5-1.
Kershaw became the 26th pitcher in MLB history to record 2700 career strikeouts, passing Don Sutton with 2696 strikeouts back in 1988 after pitching six innings, giving up one run, four hits, and seven strikeouts on the night.
"Anytime you get to do something individual, record-wise, the people around you to help you celebrate are what matters the most," said Kershaw. "And then to see the fans care about it as much as they did. That was ... all those things make it special."
"I didn't know that fans would know, or honestly care that much. I tried to kind of brush it off and keep going, but they wouldn't let me."
Mookie Betts got the Dodgers on the scoreboard first in the bottom of the first inning with a solo home run over the center-field wall to take a 1-0 lead.
Detroit tied the game 1-1 in the top of the third inning with a solo home run by Javier Baez over the left-field wall.
The Dodgers had a chance to add more runs but left two men on base in the bottom of the third inning.
The Tigers regained the lead in the top of the seventh 2-1 after Baez doubled into right-field, scoring Jeimer Candelario.
Detroit increased their lead to 4-1 when Austin Meadows hit a single into left-center, allowing Baez and Harold Castro to score.
The Tigers would add another run that made the final score 5-1 in the top of the eighth inning when Tucker Barnhart doubled into right-field and Candelario scored. For more photos from this game, click on the link below. #mlb #losangelesdodgers #ladodgers #tigers #dodgersbaseball #detroittigers #claytonkershaw #javierbaez #tgsportstv1