On Saturday, Clayton Kershaw turned back the clock and gave the Los Angeles Dodgers seven shutout innings, allowing just two hits, no walks, and striking out nine batters against the St. Louis Cardinals.
The veteran left-hander became the first in the National League to have five wins with his dominant performance.
Behind the plate for Kershaw’s dominance was a familiar face.
Austin Barnes caught Kershaw’s seven innings of brilliance.
After the game, Barnes caught up with Dodgers reporter Kirsten Watson and discussed the team’s 1-0 win over St. Louis.
He also raved about Kershaw and what he was able to do against a slumping Cardinals lineup.
Austin Barnes spoke post-game with @kirsten_watson about Kershaw's seven shutout innings and his hit in the second that brought home the only run of the game. pic.twitter.com/r5r2WGioSD
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Barnes talked about how sharp Kershaw was against the Cards, praising him for his use of his slider, fastball, and curveball.
Barnes stated that those pitches were working quite well for Kershaw during the night.
The veteran catcher noted that Kershaw didn’t go to his curveball as much as he usually does, but that when he did, he was able to fool Cardinals hitters and keep them off balance.
Barnes was also asked about the adjustments Kershaw made after his previous start, and went as far as to say he thought the left-hander could have gone back out for the eighth inning.
He stated that he believes things are looking better each day and that the bullpen, which has struggled a bit, may finally be finding its groove.
The Dodgers improved to 15-13 on the season and stayed within a game of the Arizona Diamondbacks for first place in the NL West.NEXT: Clayton Kershaw Turned Back The Clock With Dominant Performance