Flawless but incomplete. Kershaw’s seven perfect roles closed the cold twins bat

Clayton Kershaw’s main goal on Wednesday wasn’t to deliver a perfect game, although he could have done very well if Dodgers manager Dave Roberts hadn’t pulled him off after the seventh inning of a 7-0 victory over the Twins.

No, the left’s original baseline complete with 13 strikes was just a byproduct of trying to get his teammates back to their beds and sunny California weather as soon as possible since Tuesday’s game ended just after midnight due to rain delays.

“Go fast,” Kershaw said of his spirit in the game. “It was cold. I think after the game last night, how late and the quick turnaround, I knew everyone was grinding but me. I had a good night’s sleep, so I was ready to go.”

Kershaw sent his twin hitters in one, two, or three style until he hit 80 hits in his first season. With Spring Camp shortened, Kershaw was built to about 75 pitches and just six innings. Roberts consulted him after six, and Kershaw made the call that he wanted to play again before stopping around 80-85 floors.

The 34-year-old – whose 2021 season ended before the playoffs with arm pain – said it was a tough decision, especially when goalkeeper Austin Barnes was taken into account. Boos rained from the declared crowd of 1,7101 fans, many in blue Dodgers, at Target Field when Alex Vesia scored in the eighth inning.

It may have become the 24th perfect game in MLB history, and the first since Felix Hernandez did so for Seattle on August 15, 2012. Kershaw, a three-time Cy Young winner, defeated Colorado in 2014.

Vesia allowed Gary Sanchez’s song at number eight for the Twins song only; There was no perfect cross-disciplinary game.

“There is a point at which I must decide, ‘To what end?’” said Roberts. “I’m as big a fan as anyone, I’m a fan of Clayton and I see his battery and Austin to make a perfect match or no beating, I’m a subscriber. But again, to what end to what cost?

“…there are a lot of people who cheer for the dodgers, not just for them [this game] And Clayton to throw a no-hitter, but for the Dodgers to win the World Championship. And in order to do that we need him in good health.”

Roberts said the decision was actually quite easy, given the team and Kershaw’s long-term goals. The move didn’t seem to shock the twins, including manager Rocco Baldelli. Baldelli praised the Kershaw slider, which did most of its damage since it wasn’t much stronger than around 90 mph.

“It’s not about speed. He has a very good deception about what he’s doing. His delivery is unique. If you don’t see him often, I bet it’s hard to pinpoint the launch point from just where he’s coming out,” Baldeli said. “…It looks like this slider was just a throw, I don’t know if it was hard to catch and spin or something, but the flips looked like they were attacking fast balls, not fast balls. They were sliders.”

As imperfect as it was, Los Angeles still took the two-game sweep, putting the twins at 2-4 in their season-opening home. The Dodgers dominated the attack, making four home runs from the twins’ painkillers.

“There are a lot of people who cheer for the Dodgers, not just for them [this game] And Clayton to throw a no-hitter, but for the Dodgers to win the World Championship. In order to do that, we need him in good health.”

Dave Roberts, Dodgers Manager

Chris Baddack, who came on a deal from the Padres the day before the inaugural season, made his Twins debut and went four rounds, allowing six hits and three runs to be gained while hitting three.

Derek Rodriguez, who was called up by Class AAA St. Paul before Wednesday’s game, made four innings and didn’t allow the hit until the eighth, when he allowed consecutive meats from the bottom of the Dodgers lineup. Griffin Jax, another recent call-up, pitched a ninth place finish and ceded Homer’s solo to Max Muncy.

Defensively, the Twins were also a bit sloppy, with first-half errors from third baseman Geo Orchila and Baddack as the Dodgers scored twice.

Fortunately for the Twins, their performance is not what people will remember from this game.

“We have two guys who hit it very well,” Urschela said of Kershaw. “And they weren’t so lucky.”