Clayton Kershaw Strikes Out Nine In Front of Sellout Crowd

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Reigning NL Cy-Young Award winner Clayton Kershaw made his second career rehab start and struck out nine batters for the Chattanooga Lookouts (11-14) in a 4-3 loss against the Tennessee Smokies (13-13) in front of a sellout crowd of 6,318 at AT&T Field.
 

The southpaw struck out the side in the first inning, but ran his pitch count up to 29 with two Lookouts' errors which allowed a run to score. The Lookouts got that run back in the bottom of the inning on a double by Scott Schebler that plated Darnell Sweeney from second base.

After the long first inning Kershaw settled in, but the Smokies threatened to take the lead in the fourth. The Smokies managed to get runners on first and second and sacrificed them over to second and third. At that point, Kershaw locked in, striking out the last two batters of the inning as they watched strike three pass them by.

Lookouts' shortstop Erisbel Arruebarrena led off the bottom of the fourth inning by doubling down the left field line. Chris O’Brien then moved him over to third on a groundout to the second baseman. On the very next pitch, Noel Cuevas laid down a perfect bunt on a suicide squeeze play, scoring Arruebarrena easily, and running quickly down the line to reach first base before the throw did.

Kershaw’s pitch limit didn’t limit him from dominating the Smokies batters, as he wound up throwing 86 pitches in five innings, leaving the game to a standing ovation by the crowd. He received a no-decision in the game, allowing only one earned run on six hits, while having nine of his 15 outs come by strikeout.

After the game, Kershaw was frank about his outing.
 
“I think it went alright. I got my pitch count up there. With 87 [pitches], I would have liked to get through six or seven, but the goal was to get the pitch count up there," Kershaw said.  “It’s always hard when pitch counts are in the back of your mind, but the goal is to get the pitch count up there so that I’ll be ready to throw 100+ pitches in the big leagues. At the same time, you’re trying to compete, too. It’s a little bit of a balance, but fortunately for me, I’m done with that and I can just go out there and pitch now.”

Even though the Lookouts took a 3-2 lead on a triple by Arruebarrena and a sacrifice fly by O’Brien, they ended up losing the game by a score of 4-3.

Box

Notes: Scott Schebler continued his hot home stand, going 9-for-20 in the six games played so far. He also was able to get his sixth runner batted in during that span.

The teams meet again Thursday night at 7:15 p.m.


Chattanoogan.com Prep Football Picks: Week Four

Best Polo Player In The U.S., Julio Arellano Set To Play This Weekend In Bendabout International Cup

The best polo player in the United States will lead the Bendabout Farm team against a team from Mexico on Sunday to play for the Bendabout International Cup. The warm up match begins at 10 a.m. Saturday with tournament play at 2 p.m. Sunday on the farm located south of Cleveland on U.S. Highway 11 in McDonald. Gates open to the public two hours before start time. ... (click for more)

EPB Officials Huddle With Attorneys Over City Street Lighting Issue

EPB board members huddled with attorneys on the issue of billing for city street lights on Friday morning. EPB Chairman Joe Ferguson asked for the private session with attorneys Rick Hitchcock and Tom Greenholtz of Chambliss Bahner. Don Lepard, owner of Global Green Lighting, earlier filed a $10 million "whistle blower" lawsuit, claiming overbilling by EPB on street lighting. ... (click for more)

Woman Shot And Killed In Catoosa County Residence

A woman is dead after a shooting in Catoosa County. According to Sheriff Gary Sisk, around noon on Friday, sheriff’s deputies and investigators responded to 227 Smoketree Circle, Ringgold, Catoosa County, in reference to a subject being shot.   Upon arrival, officers located two females and one male at the residence. One of the women was observed lying at ... (click for more)

You’re Right With Lamar

One of Tennessee’s favorite sons, Davy Crockett, coined an oft-used phrase:  “Be always sure you’re right, then go ahead.” Being sure is quite important, but may be difficult in this election cycle. The Democratic nominee campaigning against Lamar Alexander is a man whose radio ads call for “change,” “fair” taxes and more jobs.  Sounds good, huh?   ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Troubling Jameis Winston

One of the greatest things about the American legal system is that each and every crime is judged on its own merits. Just because Arizona Cardinals running back Jonathan Dwyer and Carolina Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy were each arrested for domestic abuse earlier this week, each National Football League football hero will be given an independent hearing and trial, if need be, ... (click for more)