Kershaw Pitching Like Superman

Ok, so maybe the comparison to a legendary comic book hero is a bit silly because as far as I know, Superman never had a fastball, a changeup, perhaps never threw a baseball in his life.

But somehow, in my own imagination, if Superman was on the mound instead of Clayton Kershaw on Tuesday night for the Great Lakes Loons, I would have still put my ramen noodles on Clayton. He looks like a pitcher at least, unlike someone who wears a blue suit and a red cape.

It was only a few starts ago that Kershaw put his ERA on a weight gain regiment in which he threw only an inning and a third while allowing seven earned runs. This time around on Tuesday, he had the best outing of his career, throwing 102 pitches in eight innings while giving up only one hit, which came at the top of the second inning.

Even the mascot, Lou E. Loon wanted to see him out there in the ninth inning, somewhat disappointed when it was Joe Jones instead (no offense Mr. Jones). Lance Parrish may have preferred it that way also, but he has a job to think about.

"Unfortunately, he's on a pitch count like everyone else," Parrish said. "I was thinking that if I let him go nine, I probably wouldn't have a job tomorrow."

One of things that the Loons coach staff, and perhaps the higher ups in the Dodger organization as well, have been focusing on is Kershaw's breaking ball. The fastball is definitely there, even being as effective in the later innings as in the earlier ones.

As a matter of fact, Kershaw struck out a Dayton Dragon hitter with a 96 mile an hour seed in the eight inning. But as everyone knows, living too much with the fastball could spell trouble unless something off speed is utilized to accentuate it.

"My curveball was breaking every time," Kershaw said. "Sometimes I got them to swing at it. So I got my pitch count down and I was able to go eight innings."

Another thing to consider is Kershaw's control which has traditionally been good, but has been slightly anarchistic this season. As a matter of fact, Kershaw entered his start on Tuesday night, tied for third in the Midwest League in walks. However, in the eight innings that he threw, he allowed only one runner to reach base via walk.

Of course, the pressing question that I had for Clayton outside the locker room on Tuesday was whether or not he felt like Superman out there. But then I bit my tongue and thought, "Well bro, that's kind of a silly question to ask." And I agreed with myself.

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