Dodgers 5, Mets 0: Clayton Kershaw Shuts Down the Mets, Including Bartolo Colon


Clayton Kershaw in the seventh inning of Thursday’s game. The shutout was his second in his last three games.

Jayne Kamin-Oncea/USA Today Sports, via Reuters

LOS ANGELES — Bartolo Colon stood in the on-deck circle staring out at Clayton Kershaw, one of the most dominant pitchers in baseball, as Eric Campbell stood at the plate in one of many mismatches that took place on this cool evening at Chavez Ravine.

In his previous game, Colon had homered for the first time in his 19-year career, and on Wednesday, Noah Syndergaard had reinforced the notion of Mets pitchers as dangerous hitters by whacking two home runs.

But any chance that Colon would follow that up with another stunning display of batsmanship was highly unlikely against Kershaw, who was on his way to a brilliant three-hit, 13-strikeout shutout.

Some of the best hitters in the world fail against Kershaw, let alone an endearing, rotund part-time bat swinger like Colon.

After Campbell grounded out, Colon briefly dipped his head and walked to the plate for his turn against the three-time National League Cy…

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