7/15/22 ANAHEIM, CA - Clayton Kershaw had a perfect game through seven innings, 21 up and 21 down, before giving up a double to Luis Rengifo in the top of the eighth inning.
The Los Angeles Dodgers opened the freeway series with a dominating 9-1 win over the Los Angeles Angels Friday night at Angels Stadium.
"I really wanted to do it," Kershaw said. "It would've been really fun for everybody involved, the way everybody played tonight. The offense was unbelievable."
Kershaw is the only Major League Baseball pitcher in the last 40 years to have a perfect game through at least 7.0 innings twice in the same season.
"He's a future Hall of Famer, and he had his best stuff working tonight against a team that hasn't been swinging the bats very well," Angels manager Phil Nevin said. "You could tell from the beginning he had a few pitches working for him."
Mookie Betts reached base with a leadoff walk, and Trea Turner singled to center field. Freddie Freeman singled to right-center field to score Betts and give the Dodgers a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning.
Justin Turner grounded out at the second base, and Trea Turner came around to score, and the Dodgers took a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning.
In the top of the fifth inning, Will Smith got on base with an infield single, and Justin Turner reached base on a fielding error by third baseman Jonathan Villar. Hanser Alberto hit a triple to the warning track to score Smith and Turner. The Dodgers took a 4-0 lead.
The Dodgers' scoring continued in the top of the sixth inning. Austin Barnes and Gavin Lux walked. Freeman hit a sacrifice fly to center field to score Barnes. Smith doubled to deep left field, and Lux scored to give the Dodgers a 6-0 lead.
Trea Turner and Smith scored on a Justin Turner single to left-center field. The Dodgers took a commanding 8-0 lead.
Justin Turner hit an RBI single to left field in the top of the eighth inning and extended the Dodgers' lead to 9-0. The Angels' only run came off a home run by Brandon Marsh in the bottom of the ninth inning trailing 9-1.
The freeway series continues on Saturday, with Julio Urías (7-6) getting the start against Jose Suarez (1-3). For more photos from this game, click on the link below. #mlb #losangelesangels #losangelesdodgers #ladogers #laangels #claytonkershaw #brandonmarsh #freddiefreeman #tgsportstv1