Not all heroes wear capes.
Some wear 22. Or in this case 42 for Jackie Robinson.
Its been a peculiar start to the year for Clayton Kershaw. Having pitched to a 1.88 ERA with a 1.34 WHIP with 19 strikeouts and just the 4 earned runs in 19 innings of work over 3 starts the lefty was handed a rather unjust 0-2 record.
However cometh the man, cometh the hour. With the Dodgers in dire need of a win, Kershaw stepped in and came up big, just as he has been the case for the past 9 years. The Dodger's ace struck out 12 Arizona batters without allowing a walk in 7 innings of 2 hit ball. It was the 59th time in his illustrious career that he had recorded double-digit strikeouts.
It seems premature in calling yesterday's win a momentum shifter, but that's what it felt like at Dodger Stadium. In snapping a three game skid they reduced the D-backs lead atop of the NL West to just 5.5 games it maybe a minor momentum shift in the 6 month marathon for postseason baseball.