With his second-inning strikeout of Milwaukee Brewers second baseman Jonathan Villar, Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw reached 2,000 for his illustrious career. Brewers manager Craig Counsell inexplicably pulled Nelson after eight shut out innings despite 11 strikeouts without a walk on 101 pitches.
He retired 20 consecutive batters before surrendering a home run to Domingo Santana at Miller Park stadium in Milwaukee.
The Milwaukee Brewers matched the major-league record by striking out 26 times in the series opener but look to make better contact when they host the Los Angeles Dodgers on Saturday for the middle contest of their three-game series. Los Angeles is 6-1 in the last 7 meetings between these two teams. Both teams combined to whiff 42 times. LA tied the game on a homer by Yasmani Grandal off Brewers' closer Corey Knebel in the top of the 9th to send it to the extra frames.
Kershaw pitched seven innings, allowed the one run on two hits, had one walk and struck out 14.
Milwaukee Brewers' Manny Pina and Jesus Aguilar (24) collide going after a foul ball hit by the Dodgers' Cody Bellinger during the seventh inning Friday, June 2, 2017, in Milwaukee. Pedro Martinez got there in 1,715 1/3 innings.
Nelson hasn't allowed a walk in his last 18 innings. The 37-year-old has worked five frames or fewer in each of his three starts since being sidelined one month due to a recurrence of blister issues.
Speaking of strikeouts, Clayton Kershaw continued the theme of achievements as he recorded his 2000th strikeout in the second inning. His 2.37 ERA entering play on Friday would represent his worst mark in a season since 2012.