Top Moments of 2014: #1-Feasting On Clayton Kershaw
By Joseph Jacquez
Happy New Year Diamondbacks fans! 2015 is officially here, and that means the MLB off-season is half over! Before you know it, Dbacks players and coaches will be reporting to Scottsdale for spring training.
Before we turn our focus on 2015, its time to close the book on 2014 with some top moments from the 2014 season! Its time to reveal the top moment of 2014: Dbacks offense feasts on Clayton Kershaw, Dodgers in 18-7 win!
To me, this was the greatest moment of 2014, and luckily I got to watch the whole thing play out! Lets be honest: Dodger ace Clayton Kershaw is the best pitcher in baseball, and its really not even close.
Kershaw won yet another CY Young Award in 2014, after putting together one of the greatest seasons by a starting pitcher in Major League Baseball history.
He went 21-3, with a 1.77 era, a FIP of 1.81, and an ERA + of 197. All three lead the National League. His K/BB ratio of 239/31 was ridiculous, and he features quite possibly the best pitch in baseball: his 12/6 curve-ball.
One of his worst starts of 2014 came against the Diamondbacks at Chase Field. It was pretty sweet for Diamondbacks fans, and it wasn’t a bad way to show off the Snakes new executive, Tony La Russa.
Paul Goldschmidt homered twice, had a career high six RBI’s, and set a franchise record with five runs scored, helping the Diamondbacks feast on Kershaw and the Dodgers 18-7 on May 17th.
The Dbacks scored seven runs in the second inning off the Dodgers ace, chasing him from the game, and leaving him in a state of confusion in the dugout.
The Dodger offense almost came all the way back, scoring five runs in the sixth to pull within two runs at 9-7, but the Dbacks offense didn’t stop, in what would end up being a historic night.
The Snakes set franchise records, for runs with 18, hits (21), extra-base hits (13), and triples in an inning (3 in the second).
Arizona hadn’t broke out yet, and they did it in a big way, against the best pitcher in baseball, and a future hall of famer. It was a great day to be a Diamondbacks fan, and its easy to see why we chose this game as the #1 moment of the 2014 season!
Here is a fun fact: Kershaw’s career at Chase Field is 3.46, and he is 4-6 in his career at the Dbacks home park.
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