Los Angeles Dodgers Clayton Kershaw records 2,500th career strikeout – ESPN

Los Angeles Dodgers left-hander Clayton Kershaw collected the 2,500th strikeout of his career during Thursday night’s 5-1 win over the visiting Arizona Diamondbacks.

Kershaw reached the milestone with his third strikeout of the night, throwing a looping curve that got Nick Ahmed swinging in the second inning.

At 32 years, 168 days old, Kershaw is the third-youngest pitcher to reach the milestone, behind Hall of Famers Nolan Ryan (31 years, 101 days) and Walter Johnson (31 years, 197 days), according to ESPN Stats & Information research.

Kershaw is the second pitcher in Dodgers history to reach the mark, joining Don Sutton, and the 11th southpaw all time to get there. He’s the only left-hander to reach 2,500 strikeouts with a sub-3.00 ERA — he entered the game with a 2.43 career ERA.

Kershaw joins Justin Verlander (3,013), Max Scherzer (2,753), Zack Greinke (2,657) and Cole Hamels (2,558) as the only active pitchers with 2,500 strikeouts.

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